Apple’s AR/VR headset may have some spectacular options, not least integration with Continuity and Handoff.
Antonio De Rosa
An Apple patent has hinted that its rumoured AR/VR headset may embrace spectacular hyperlinks to iPhones and different units utilizing the ability of Continuity and Handoff.
The brand new Apple patent means that wearers of the unreleased headset may be capable to simply transfer paperwork and different issues from their iPhone utilizing nothing greater than a look. It additionally means that music may very well be transferred from one machine to a HomePod in an identical method.
The patent was noticed by Patently Apple and is not shy about what it is speaking about. In a single description the patent says that somebody would be capable to work together with a smartphone utilizing the headset, shifting issues like an electronic mail simply by taking a look at it.
“Implementations of the topic expertise described herein present switch of content material, enhancing management of the content material, and/or management of a number of purposes from one machine to a different machine, utilizing an XR system,” the patent’s legalese begins. “For instance, with the topic expertise, a consumer drafting an electronic mail on their good cellphone can place the smartphone within the discipline of view of an XR machine (e.g., a pill machine or a head mountable system) and proceed drafting the e-mail in an XR setting created by the XR machine.”
This sounds just like Apple’s current Continuity function that permits customers to start writing a doc on one machine and proceed it on one other, however the patent continues and makes point out of one other function that sounds just like Handoff.
Homeowners of HomePods can switch streaming music from their iPhone simply by inserting the 2 units shut to one another utilizing one thing known as Handoff. The patent imagines a world the place a headset wearer would gesture to make that occur as a substitute. One instance sees a headset wearer taking a look at a cellphone after which gesturing to maneuver the music to a close-by HomePod.
This all feels like one thing that would very a lot be potential utilizing tweaked variations of Apple’s current Continuity and Handoff expertise. How lag-free it might be if you embrace a 3rd machine stays to be seen, nevertheless.
Apple is anticipated to lastly announce its headset later this yr, though the precise timing appears to be up within the air on the time of writing. It is also vital to keep in mind that not all patents flip into options or merchandise, too.