Apple shows interest in Virtual Reality projects in new job posting
Apple has recently posted a job listing seeking an app engineer to create “high performance apps that integrate with Virtual Reality systems for prototyping and user testing.” The posting appears to confirm previous rumours of the company’s interest in exploring virtual reality.
The Cupertino-based tech giant is looking for a developer with experience in 3D graphics, virtual reality and augmented reality. Although the listing does not detail exactly what type of “virtual reality systems” the firm is working on, it is definitely geared towards the development of a virtual reality and/or augmented reality experience of some sort, and shows that Apple is at least interested in investigating apps that could be enjoyed through VR.
It is easy to guess why that Apple is keen to dive into the VR space, since its iPhone and iPad have been involved with many VR projects that have popped up in the last year alone. It would not make sense for the company to leave opportunities as such in the hands of third parties, especially when rival firms such as Oculus, Samsung, Sony and Google have all shown interest and ambition in this area lately.
Furthermore, an ambitious Apple patent from last year, showing a device which looks a lot like an Oculus Rift-style VR headset, also places some emphasis on the company’s interest in VR. Even though Apple has a tendency of filing for numerous design patents which never become materialised market-ready products, the move from VR patents to job listings does suggests that it may have something tangible in the works.
Via 9to5 Mac.