Apple quietly removes first iPhone-compatible VR headset from online store


Just short of two weeks after the first iPhone-compatible VR headset appeared in the Apple Store, the product has been quietly removed without any reason given.

The bombastically named View-Master Virtual Reality Starter pack was priced at $29.95 and included a Google Cardboard-like VR headset compatible with the iPhone 5 and up. The pack came with a handful of demos to showcase the tech, bundled in the form of the View-Master Destinations app.

Albeit not the first iPhone-compatible VR headset, the View-Master was the first to be officially sold on the Apple Store, likely due to the established brand. However, the product is no longer available for purchase on Apple's storefront for unknown reasons. If you follow this Apple Store link, which leads directly to the headset's product page, you'll be greeted by a "product no longer available" notification, urging you to instead browse similar products (of which there are currently none).

If you want to purchase the View-Master VR headset, you'll have to head to one of the authorized retailers selling the unit, listed in the “Buy” section on View-Master's website.

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16 Comments

1. wando77

Posts: 1167; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

VR.....720p......lolz

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

*750p split it in two and youll get a mindblowing 750 x 667 EACH EYE.. play 6:19 video on it and you'll get an amazingly sharp 210x667 usable resolution...

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

*play 9:16 video on it and you'll get an amazingly sharp 375x667 usable resolution side effect of wrintting a comment while half-asleep.. no one notice it yet, I guess, lol..

4. yyzamin

Posts: 380; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

I thought your keyboard lagged out.

6. blingblingthing

Posts: 919; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Bu bu the retina display is as sharp as your eyes can see. Even at that truncated resolution. Won't it be as sharp? /Sarcasm

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7032; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

People here are clearly showing how ignorant they are when it comes to VR. All smartphones are turn on their side. So an iPhone 5,5s, or SE all share the same pathetic low resolution display of 1134x640. Therefore those display are now 567x640 per eye. Talk about a turn off for VR. The Samsung S6,S7, Nexus 6P, Pixel XL for example all come with a QHD display with a resolution of 2560x1440, or a resolution of 1280x1440 per eye. Use an iPhone if you want a bad VR experience.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The iPhone 5 osnt 750 rhoigh. Right? Its 720

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The iPhone 7 isnt 750p....right? Its 720p...right?

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7032; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The iPhone 5,5s, and SE have a display of 1134x640. Therefore the VR display per eye is 567x640. That is total crap. You want to turn people off of VR, then tell them to use an iPhone.

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and somehow, no iFans trying to defend apple in this comment section... their denial isn't strong enough.. apple should brainwash them harder..

5. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

While I agree. Some > nothing. Which is what iPhone users have currently. Removing it is just sad, but probably, like the airpod finder, might be because they themselves are working on something?

9. M.O.A.B

Posts: 317; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

they know that the user experience is pathetic with their phones

11. civicsr2cool

Posts: 262; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

My kid got one for christmas, it was cool for about 5 minutes but we don't own any quad hd phones so it was really bad.

14. PSAfromThisGuy

Posts: 144; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

looks oddly similar to the 1977 brand Viewmaster... wasn't that thing sold by FisherPrice? LOL!! Seems to be a good fit for these dumb iPhones. They should sell the 2 together, FOR BEING SOO OUT OF DATE!!! Bwahahaha

15. Blazers

Posts: 723; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I have this VR unit. It's alright, but it needs a way to secure it to your face.

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Surprise it does not come with a strap! If you like VR you should give Samsung Gear VR a try. Its QHD AMOLED screen makes all the different.

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