The rumor mill has been spinning a considerable amount surrounding Apple and its potential venture into the VR space.
This week, Apple has been awarded their patent for a VR headset. It’s reported that they’re interested in both VR and AR. With Apple’s annual September event around the corner on the 7th, could we be in for a possible reveal along with the iPhone 7? Add the event to you calendar.
With Google announcing Daydream earlier this year via a very fruitful presentation, it makes sense for Apple to make a push for their own space in the mobile VR market. Interestingly, Apple made a big hire at the start of the year for it’s VR project in the form of Doug Bowman.
Bowman and his team are responsible for the incredible creation known as the “Virginia Tech Cube” where he served as director for human computer interaction for around 5 years. Coupled with his academic research surrounding 3D interface design, it seems Apple have netted the perfect candidate to help build it’s platform.
A handful of images surrounding the patent have also surfaced, check them out below!
It’s quite interesting to see the “Sunglasses” approach taken with this mockup however, it could pose a problem to those of us who wear glasses if this were to be the final version of the headset. It also seems to have a similar concept for connecting to the iPhone similar Samsung’s “Gear VR”.
Apple certainly have a big task on their hands with finding the balance between comfort, style and visual clarity. The latter is further backed by rumors of Apple switching to OLED displays on their phones (Source) which would enhance the phone displays dramatically, perfect for VR.
We will continue to bring you the latest and all the news from Apple’s event next week.
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