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Head of Apple’s secret AR headset project, co-creator of Hololens quits

Apple's Avi Bar-Zeev, who was reportedly heading the company's secret augmented-reality (AR) headset team has left the company.

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Not much is know about Apple’s AR headset at this point, though a previous Bloomberg report claims the device could launch in 2020. (Image: Bloomberg)

Apple’s Avi Bar-Zeev, who was reportedly heading the company’s secret augmented-reality (AR) headset team has left the company. Bar-Zeev, who is also the co-creator of Microsoft’s mixed reality smart glass Hololens, confirmed in a tweet that he left his full-time position at Apple in January.

Bar-Zeev did not give a reason for his departure from Apple or revealed specific product plans, though he said in a series of tweets that he will continue to consult in the AR space while noodling on the “next big thing”.

As per his LinkedIn profile, Bar-Zeev has been a “pioneer, architect and advisor in AR/VR/MR for over 25 years.” He joined Apple in 2016 and is said to help the company in its undisclosed projects in “mission-critical ways”.

Not much is know about Apple’s AR headset at this point, though a previous Bloomberg report claims the device could launch in 2020. As per a CNET report, the headset will support both augmented and virtual reality technologies rolled into one.

Apple’s device is said to have its own display unlike the current generation of virtual reality headsets that use a smartphone as engine and screen. It will run a new chip. CNET claims that the headset will come with dual 8K displays for each eye and it will not need either a PC or a smartphone to work.

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Apple’s AR headset project is internally code-named T288, with several hundred engineers reportedly working on many hardware and software projects in scattered across offices in both Cupertino and Sunnydale, California. ARKit software that allows outside developers to create apps for iPhones and iPads, was the first product by the group.