Maybe the Metaverse isn’t dead after all.
Apple is typically at the forefront of technology but has yet to publicly venture into the world of mixed reality and the Metaverse, though other big tech players like Meta have already created their own variations of VR headsets.
Still, rumors have been circulating for months that Apple is working on the possibility (or rather the inevitability) of what his first foray into the metaverse will be like.
Now this question could be answered. According to trademark patents, Apple appears to have filed its first mixed reality operating system, which will be named xrOS.
The mark was first noticed by a Twitter user who provided screenshots of the filing made with the New Zealand Intellectual Property Office.
Holy shit! Apple just last week (via a shell company) trademarked an “xrOS” word mark in SF Pro in New Zealand pic.twitter.com/Ow274yyuBU
— Parker Ortolani (@ParkerOrtolani) May 16, 2023
“Holy shit! Apple trademarked an “xrOS” wordmark in SF Pro in New Zealand just last week (through a shell company),” he wrote.
In the screenshot, the image appears to follow the same format as Apple’s iOS operating system – from the font to the capitalized “OS” lettering at the end.
Bloomberg In December, the company first reported that Apple was trademarking xrOS, citing “people in the know” and noting that the operating system would work with both virtual and augmented realities. At the time, an Apple spokesman at its headquarters in Cupertino, California, declined to comment on the rumor.
Palmer Luckey, co-founder of Meta’s VR set Oculus, claimed he tried Apple’s VR set and called it “that good,” although neither Apple nor Meta confirmed the test.
The Apple headset is so good.
— Palmer Luckey (@PalmerLuckey) May 14, 2023
Apple’s prestigious yearbook World developer conference scheduled to begin on June 5th and run through June 9th, when xrOS is expected to be announced.