Wayne Ma, reporting for The Information (MacRumors summary):
Apple is developing software to make it easy for users of its
upcoming mixed-reality headset to build their own augmented
reality apps, according to four people who have worked on the
With the software tools, Apple hopes that even people who don’t
know computer code could tell the headset, via the Siri voice
assistant, to build an AR app that could then be made available
via Apple’s App Store for others to download. 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 and calculate its
movement in a 3D space with obstacles.
Ma says “apps”, and if they’d go in the App Store I guess they’d be apps, but what he describes sounds more like AR content than AR apps.
Some former Apple engineers have likened Apple’s content creation
tool to the popular games “Minecraft” and “Roblox,” which make it
easy for children to build their own 3D worlds and objects with
Minecraft and Roblox are for children, LOL.
The current status of Apple’s app development tool couldn’t be
learned. But some people familiar with it had seen demonstrations
as recently as 2021.
Four people saw this tool over a year ago, and it’s news? Says me, the guy linking to it — but it’s such a cool idea to have an AR content creation tool right there in the AR headset environment. I think Ma is missing a lot of information about Reality Composer (or whatever the tool is going to be named), but establishing the platform as something for creation out of the box is exciting. (It took over a decade to be able to create iPad software on an iPad with Swift Playgrounds.)
★ Friday, 27 January 2023