Report: Apple Hiring Hardware Engineers to Work on Virtual Reality Headset
Apple recently posted jobs for hardware engineers to work on virtual reality products. Apple’s website listed positions for Optical Display Engineers, Sr. Display Software Engineers, and other similar roles all of which point towards the development of display and projection systems.
According to 9to5Mac, the Senior Display Systems engineer that Apple require needs to be efficient with “display systems design and development related to VR environments.” Other requirements for this engineer include:
-Specify and test novel display systems for virtual environments.
-Work with vendors to develop custom display solutions.
-Design and select appropriate hardware and software components to optimize fidelity in a variety of VR environments
-Develop software to support displaying rendered image sequences on the display hardware.
-Work closely with software, electrical and mechanical engineers during testing and integration.
Apple is looking for candidates “experienced in selecting and designing with a variety of display (monitor and projection) technologies.” The Cupertino company wants people who understand “extremely high fidelity VR environments.”
In other words, these job posts obviously indicate that Apple is building a virtual reality device, which will make Apple delve into the VR world.
The job listings are made online after Apple acquired the patent of a VR device which looks similar to Google Glass but is basically a virtual reality device, like Samsung Gear. It works with iPhone which can be inserted directly into the device.
In summary, the patent titled “Head-Mounted Display Apparatus for Retaining a Portable Electronic Device with Display” hinted about Apple’s plan to dive into VR domain. Now the job listings have confirmed our doubts.
The move will be unsurprising as Virtual Reality is believed to be the next battleground for big tech companies. Microsoft recently released its HoloLens which is believed to be a potential game changer in VR. Oculus has been raising millions and introducing devices like Crescent Bay, and Apple’s direct competitor Samsung released its Gear VR which works directly with Galaxy Note 4, and now LG has also launched a similar VR device that works with LG’s flagship G3.
So every company is trying to get its head into the VR domain. Apple, although arriving late to the party, still carries the potential to blow the competition away. The company has proved it many times, and the entry of Apple is going to trouble the established companies in VR, such as Facebook’s Oculus.