Apple's rumored Reality Pro headset will offer a way for users to build their own apps and then make them available on the App Store, according to a new report. Notably, those users won't actually need to know how to code in order to do it.
There was already an expectation that Apple would give people a way to build apps for the unannounced mixed reality headset, but a new report adds that there will be a mechanism for people to do so even without the knowledge normally associated with creating apps for the best iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
Perhaps even more interesting is the way that people will create those apps. According to the report, Apple will allow development using Siri.
Hey Siri, make me an app
The Information reports that Apple intends to offer Siri as an “easy way for users” to build their own apps using real-world items. "The tool, for example, could allow users to build an app with virtual animals moving around a room and over or around real-life objects without the need to design the animal from scratch, program its animations, and calculate its movement in a 3D space with obstacles," the report claims.
Apple's headset is currently rumored for a release later this year, possibly this spring, with a price as high as $3,000 already touted. It still isn't entirely clear how Apple intends to market the product itself, although allowing people to build their own apps in this way is something that hadn't previously been considered.
What we do know is that the headset will be an impressive one from a technological point. Multiple cameras will track the wearer's hands and body, while high-resolution displays will ensure a user experience that promises to be something special. As well it will need to be given that rumored asking price.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.