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iOS 17: fewer new features because of Apple’s mixed reality headset?


The year 2023 is likely to be a bit dull at Apple, at least on the software side. According to the journalist Bloomberg Mark Gurman, Apple would have devoted a good part of its efforts to the development of xrOS, the operating system of its next AR / VR helmet. Result: the Cupertino company’s WWDC could be disappointing on the iPhone side.

Impact on other platforms

Indeed, still according to information from Mark Gurman, Apple would have even drawn from the teams dedicated to iOS 17 and macOS 14 in order to supply those in charge of xrOS. A reorientation of human capital intended to ensure the delivery of the product on time. As relayed a little earlier, the helmet should be presented this year and is currently known under the code name “Reality Pro”.

Inevitably, iOS 17, iPadOS 17 and macOS 14 would be impacted and Apple would have reduced the sails on the development of new software.

Apple’s focus on the xrOS operating system — along with iOS 16’s hiccups — has also cost it some new features in iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, the next major software updates for iPhone and iPad. the iPad. This software, codenamed Dawn, may feature fewer major changes than originally anticipated. The same goes for macOS 14, codenamed Sunburst”, reports Mark Gurman in his newsletter.

Soon an enhanced in-store experience

Regarding its augmented reality experiences, Apple would also have planned a new AR (without helmet) for the Apple Store application, with new features that would be activated at the entrance of a physical point of sale of the manufacturer.

It would thus be a question of providing additional information on a product by pointing it with your smartphone in a store, for example. Mark Gurman tells us that Apple has been working on this feature since 2020, and that it has already been tested in real situations recently. Finally, remember that these are mere speculations for the time being.

For concrete, it will therefore be necessary to wait for the WWDC 2023 which will be held in June.

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