In a new article, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says that Apple is building a variety of compelling apps for its first AR / VR headset, mainly covering sports, gaming, health and collaboration.
Adapting to iPad apps
Reports suggest that Apple is planning to adapt the headset to iPad apps, with the headset’s 3D interface allowing access to the App Store to download and install iPad apps.
The report that Apple has now confirmed that the apps that will be introduced to the headset include Safari browser, Calendar, Contacts, Home, Files, Message, Notes, Photos, Music, Reminders, and other native apps that will be optimized specifically for the headset scenario.
Users can run multiple apps at the same time. The headset is also geo-locatable, so you can switch between apps in different rooms.
Enhanced workout scenarios
The headset comes with an optimised Fitness+ app that allows the wearer to watch a Fitness+ instructor’s session while working out in a virtual reality scenario.
There is also a Health app that guides the user through meditation with graphics, sounds and voice-overs.
Apple will integrate sports content with a dedicated TV app that will allow wearers to watch games such as MLB and MLS in an immersive scenario.
The headset will be optimised for FaceTime scenarios and will use Memoji-like avatars and virtual meeting rooms, and Apple is designing a Books app for reading in virtual reality.