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Apple’s RealityOS: Release date, specs, features and more!

Here’s what we know about Apple’s rumored AR operating system.


Recent trademark filings reveal that Apple’s long-talked-about augmented reality device is about to be released. This week, trademark filings were uncovered that show an Apple-related company registered the “realityOS” trademark.

While a realityOS brand doesn’t mean Apple is about to release its augmented reality glasses, the brand does seem to suggest that Apple is in the final stretch of development.

Here’s everything we know about realityOS…

What is realityOS?

realityOS is the supposed name of the operating system that will power Apple’s augmented reality glasses. In other words, like iOS is to iPhone, realityOS is to Apple’s AR glasses.

realityOS has been rumored for years – dating back to 2017, reports MacRumors. It is known internally at Apple as “Oak” and has also been known as “rOS”. But like MacRumors also notes that “realityOS” was accidentally referenced in update logs by Apple earlier in 2022.

Why might a realityOS announcement be close?

Many people now believe that a realityOS announcement could be near as trademarks have recently been discovered by Parker Ortolani for the name “realityOS”. However, these trademarks were not registered by Apple, but by a company called Realityo Systems LLC, reports 9to5Mac.

So why do people think realityOS is related to Apple when Realityo Systems LLC registered the trademarks? As 9to5Mac notes, Apple frequently uses shell companies to register its trademarks to maintain secrecy around unannounced products:

“For example, one of Apple’s shell companies is ‘Yosemite Research LLC,’ which Apple uses to register macOS names like Yosemite and Big Sur. Last year, that company registered the ‘Monterey’ trademark a few days before WWDC 2021, and it turned out that Monterey was the official name for macOS 12.

“And here comes the best part. Yosemite Research LLC and Realityo Systems LLC are both registered at the same address, which points to “Corporation Trust Center” – a genuine company that provides branded services of which Apple is a customer.

9to5Mac

But 9to5Mac notes that even more evidence has been found to suggest that the realityOS brand is actually Apple’s. Specifically, trademarks for “realityOS” have been registered in other countries and these trademarks display the “realityOS” logo. This logo is in Apple’s proprietary typeface, San Francisco.

It’s worth noting that these realityOS trademarks have a capital “R”, but Apple will likely stick with the lowercase OS branding when it’s released, as it does for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOSand tvOS.

What are the features of realityOS?

Nobody knows what features realityOS will have. But we can make some assumptions. realityOS will almost certainly be an app-based operating system, allowing users to install additional apps on it like they can on the iPhone.

This means that realityOS will almost certainly feature an app store.

realityOS is also likely to focus on augmented reality (AR) instead of virtual reality (VR). In augmented reality, users can see through a device (like smart glasses) into the real world, with the operating system superimposing digital objects on top of the real world.

But it’s possible that realityOS also has a VR mode (where the real world isn’t visible at all) or allows VR apps.

What devices will realityOS work on?

realityOS should only work on Apple’s yet unannounced smart glasses. However, the realityOS operating system may depend on being tied to an iPhone. In this case, realityOS will still not work on the iPhone, but its operating system will depend on working with Apple’s smartphone.

When will RealityOS launch?

That’s the big question. Originally, rumors suggested that Apple’s smart glasses – and therefore its operating system – would launch in 2022. With recent trademark filings, this suggests that Apple could at least be set to preview the glasses. smart and realityOS at WWDC 2022 in a few weeks.

However, other rumors point to a delayed 2023 release. So as of now, no one knows for sure when realityOS will launch.

Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering technology on KnowYourMobile for almost 10 years. Before that, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted one of the best Hollywood novels by Weekly entertainment. Michael is also a writer for other publications, including VICE and Fast Company.