Apple Has Registered The xrOS Wordmark Ahead Of Reality Pro WWDC23 Announcement

Apple has reportedly registered the xrOS wordmark in New Zealand, marking the first time that Apple has directly been involved in anything that links it to an upcoming headset or the software that will power it.

The xrOS name is one that has been semi-public for some time after Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said that would be the name of the operating system that will power the Reality Pro AR/VR headset.

Now, Apple’s registered that word with the New Zealand Intellectual Property Office as spotted by Parker Ortalani.

The “xr” part of the name is thought to relate to extended reality, a phrase often used to describe headsets that are capable of both augmented and virtual reality use. That’s exactly what we’re expecting from the Reality Pro headset, with the formating of the name also matching other software of Apple’s — xrOS would be right at home alongside iOS, macOS, iPadOS, tvOS, and watchOS, for example.

Apple is expected to announce the Reality Pro headset during an event on June 5. That’ll mark the beginning of WWDC23 and that event is expected to largely be dedicated to giving developers the tools that they need to make sure that they can build AR/VR apps for the headset.


The headset itself isn’t expected to go on sale until much later in the year, however, possibly around the time that new iPhone 15 models also arrive.

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