Further proof that Apple has big plans for virtual reality surfaced yesterday after the company posted job listings calling for people with experience in working with virtual reality products.
The listings, first discovered by 9to5Mac, seem to prove that Apple's trying to get into the same race that's attracted so much attention for devices like the Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheous. Way back in 2006 and 2008, Apple filed patents for goggles supporting virtual reality technology, and the listings today prove that the Cupertino company might be ready to take the technology seriously.
"We are looking for an exceptional Senior Software Engineer with a proven track record in Virtual and Augmented reality," says one of the job listings. "The successful candidate will develop software and tools that use VR and AR to push the state of the art to enable development of Apple’s next generation of products."
Still another listing specifically calls for someone who's familiar with development for both the Oculus Rift and Leap Motion, thereby hinting at a possible focus on gaming. Apple's apparent gaming focus seems just as strong in a third listing, which calls for a virtual reality/augmented reality developer who's familiar with both the Unreal and Unity game engines.
Apple might be taking the tech so seriously all of a sudden partially due to pressure from rival Samsung. Just last September, Apple's Korean competitor announced its Gear VR headset, which works in tandem with the Galaxy Note 4's huge screen to produce a unique VR experience.
Back in February of last year, we presented our own vision of what virtual reality gaming powered by Apple's technology could look and feel like.