Apple builds prototype VR headsets as it puts together a team for this "cool" technology

Apple is looking for its next big product. The tech titan could report lower year-over-year iPhone sales this quarter for the first time in history. Apple iPad sales keep declining, and Apple has yet to break out sales of the Apple Watch. With all of this in mind, a report published today says that Apple has already produced prototypes of VR headsets as it explores Virtual Reality as a possible market to enter. As far back as 2013, Apple filed a patent for a VR headset...
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25. Iodine

Posts: 1474; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

If Apple is working on next big thing, they will take a good few years to make it well executed, even if stockholders would burst in frustration that Apple isn't going to a market of juice makers they predicted they will go in. And if there is something that Apple doesn't want to listen to much, it's stockholders so Apple is investing tens of billions to buy itself off the market.

38. k4ever

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

LOL! Sounds like what Apple did with large screens, 3rd party keyboards, 3d Touch (as you mentioned), and card view (look it up, stolen from Palm/HP WebOS), just to name a few technologies that Apple stole/innovated. Just make sure you remember this line from the article " it appears that Apple will be joining other tech companies like Samsung and Facebook." You and I need to remember it because I can almost guarantee you that once Apple releases their half-assed version of VR, most of the articles on the tech blogs will be about how Apple invented VR.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30905; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Get in the game Apple, this is gonna take off. The ones I tried at CES were awesome. PA did any of you guys try the one that simulates being in a club dancing?

8. AkoSiKuting

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Love apple from the bottom of my heart :)

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5655; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

This is great Hopefully Apple will finally start putting high end dGPU in their MacBooks and iMacs Or at least make an eGPU dock

17. waqarzec

Posts: 70; Member since: May 09, 2013

Now isheep will go mad that the only VR created is the iVR . s**t apple when almost all the major OEMs has released VR ,you will release after looking and getting something from all and will do some tweaking and rename it as "INNOVATION".

19. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Stfu you being stupid.

26. Iodine

Posts: 1474; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Who cares for the other OEM's sandbox experiments... They are just waiting for what Apple will come up with.

36. HouTexan

Posts: 461; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Actually, that's what Apple does, loser.

23. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

It will be difficult to unseat. Facebook and Microsoft in vr and ar sector respectively

33. Plutonium239

Posts: 1180; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Using the hololens with an Xbox would be awesome, imagine enemy fire coming right out of your screen and landing right next to you and sounding like it.

35. vincelongman

Posts: 5655; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Dont think so Valve/HTC and Sony have already basically unseated Facebook in VR Will be interesting to see how VR plays out I reckon Sony will be dominating in terms of market share Valve/HTC and Oculus will be equal in terms of best UX And I could see Hololens and Google Glass both dominating AR, since they are for different purposes

42. Plutonium239

Posts: 1180; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Google Glass, thus far has been a monumental failure and rejected by general society, with devices created just to interfere with the glass....

44. vincelongman

Posts: 5655; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Well its not like Hololens has monumental success yet The AR space it still wide open Google rushed out a product far too earlier It will be interesting to see how the next version is

55. Plutonium239

Posts: 1180; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Googled rushed out an insanely expensive product with antiquated hardware... The hololens has already generated far more interest than the google glass and it is using new technology. Additionally developer support for the glass was lacking whereas the hololens runs Windows 10, which has no lack of applications.

31. obedchuni

Posts: 329; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

well Apple should now focus on VR, they have earned enough from iphones and ipad leaving techieXP father in the dust, why not new product, after all Apple is a company that only puts it hand when the technology is fully mature. go go apple....

34. Plutonium239

Posts: 1180; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

VR technology is not mature. 4K panels are not yet cheap enough, especially those of small enough size to put in front of you eyes(one 4k panel for each eye). Not to mention the GPU and CPU you need to drive the 4k displays. It becomes much more expensive than most people are willing to accept for this VR capability.

40. jibraihimi

Posts: 801; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Get ready for the world's most expensive vr yet.......but it will sell like hotcakes......

53. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 715; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Oh... Are you sure it will gonna be expensive?

41. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Apple VR, ugh, and it will probably be heralded as the best VR around, unless Apple radically changes their approach and opens their platform, why would people get Apple VR a very closed platform, much more so then vive and oculus.

51. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 715; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

But remember. Apple has developers! And when they have developers. They tend to release a lot of apps in a span of months. Samsung may have VR. HTC also have a VR. While google has cardboard box. But how many developers they have in making apps for the VR?

54. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Quite a few last I checked? so yeah, unsure what you are referring to this, saying the whole thing with Apple has developers? Android has a freak ton of developers as well? but they don't count because a lot of them are creating free apps? Don't you see it as a possible advantage?

45. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Icopy once again....

52. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 715; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Who cares?

56. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Hmm I can see Apple doing VR very well. I can already imagine all the apps that it will have. Developer support will be strong and they will promote VR for educational purposes and gaming and more! However, I can also imagine Apple's crazy price tag: 1200$ - 2500$ and above:D Each additional app around 49.99$ Scary!
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