RealityOS, Apple’s operating system for its expected VR/AR reality headset, has appeared in a trademark filing spotted by Parker Ortolani. Back in 2017, Bloomberg News was the first to report on the “reality operating system” branding. Since then, several references to the term have also surfaced in Apple’s software.
Although Apple hasn’t officially submitted the trademark application. It’s typical practice for huge corporations to file trademark applications through one-off company names in order to retain secrecy. In this case, Apple has solely used the name Realityo Systems LLC, in the state of Delaware, to maintain secrecy.
The trademark application is the latest indication that Apple is about to unveil its long-rumoured headset. It comes after reports that the company’s board of directors checked out the wearable gadget earlier this month. It is a standard process by the company before launching the product to the public.
The trademark description mentions “wearable computer hardware” and claims to be related to the “design and development of computer hardware, software, peripherals, and computer and video games.”
The design and functionality of Apple’s headset have been the subject of much speculation over the years. But most reports suggest that it will be able to provide a mix of virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. It will allow people to immerse themselves in virtual content while layering virtual elements over real-world environments.
Apple didn’t directly apply for the RealityOS trademark
It’s worth noting that the RealityOS trademark was not applied for by Apple directly, but rather by a business called “Realityo Systems LLC.” However, Ortolani says that Realityo has no public presence, implying that it is a shell firm employed by the Cupertino-based software corporation to conceal its connection.
According to 9to5Mac, Apple has adopted a similar route in the past, registering macOS update names like Yosemite, Big Sur, and Monterey through a shell firm named “Yosemite Research LLC.”
RealityOS trademark application spotted days before WWDC 2022
The applications were found only days before Apple’s annual developer conference (WWDC), which begins next week on June 6th, and has a deadline of June 8th, leading to anticipation that the headset might be introduced during Apple’s keynote.
However, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman observes that the June 8th date is most likely a coincidence, as it corresponds with a significant legal deadline that occurs six months after a trademark is first filed. “Perhaps we’ll see it at WWDC, but the trademark filing isn’t proof of that,” Gurman said on Twitter.