Memoji and SharePlay could be central functions for the FaceTime experience offered by Apple’s first mixed reality headset.
Gurman explained what he expects from FaceTime in realityOS, the possible operating system of the Apple headset. Specifically, FaceTime video calls could revolve around two of the experiences the company already offers: Memoji and SharePlay.
“Imagine a VR version of FaceTime where you can find yourself in a conference room with dozens of people. Instead of seeing their real faces, you’ll see 3D (Memoji) versions of them. I assume the headset will be able to determine a person’s facial expressions in real time, making the experience quite realistic. I also envision a heavy use of SharePlay in the new realityOS, allowing multiple users who use the viewers to experience music, movies, and games together and at the same time. »
Apple’s work on realityOS began in 2017, with the first headset expected to be unveiled in late 2022 or early 2023. Apple introduced Memoji in 2018 with iOS 12, while SharePlay is a much more recent addition with iOS 15.1. Other new features that Apple has released in recent years, such as ARKit, AR driving directions in Apple Maps, spatial audio with dynamic head detection, and LiDAR scanner, are also expected to come to the MR headset.