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Apple job posting hints at Virtual Reality plans


Is Apple plotting a Rift rival?

Apple’s interest in the Virtual Reality arena appears to be intensifying, judging by a recent job posting detailed on Monday.

The company is looking for engineers to “create high performance apps that integrate with Virtual Reality systems,” according to the listing, as spotted by 9to5Mac.

The company writes: “We are looking for a software engineer to develop UI and applications to create next generation software experiences. The individual must be able to take participate in collaborative and iterative UI design through the implementation phases & complete performant user experience code for product delivery.”

The post, which hit Apple’s jobs site over weekend, also requires candidates who’re familiar with 3D Graphics programming as well as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality development.

Whether this means that Apple is hoping to built its own VR accessory for iOS and Mac OS X devices, or is looking to provide experiences for other platforms, including those compatible with iOS devices, remains to be seen.

Earlier this year the company was awarded a patent for Oculus Rift style Virtual Reality headset which was described as a “goggle system for providing a personal media viewing experience.”

Howver, just today, details of a product called the Pinc VR, which promises to turn the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus into a VR headset, just like the Samsung Gear VR does for the Note 4 phablet. Could Apple be plotting to develop for devices like this?

Whichever route the company decides to take, with Apple describing VR as the next generation of software, it’s clear the firm is, at the very list, engaged in some serious forward thinking.

Could we all be walking through iOS apps within the confines of a Virtual Reality headset one day? Will Apple launch a device to rival the Oculus Rift, the Samsung Gear VR or Sony’s forthcoming Project Morpheus headset? It may not be too long before we find out.

Read more: Project Morpheus: Is it ready?

Via: Gizmodo


November 25, 2014, 11:30 pm

So we are going to see the name something like iVision or iLense or Mac-i, or maybe Apple-i, just a guess.

Oh then when Apple to do launch it albeit some years later they will no doubt claim its a first and the best and blah blah blah..just putting in out there for you iSheep :)

I think Apple are better to use Oculus Rift gear than build their own, if they just stop being a closed off company for once in their arrogant ways.

Hamish Campbell

November 26, 2014, 7:42 am

I, for one, look forward to throwing off the shackles of this, oh so analogue, life.

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