Apple VR Will be a Gear VR Like Device, Fall Release Planned
Everyone was wondering when Apple will announce its plans to enter the VR market. It has grown rapidly and companies like Sony, Valve, Samsung and others have already prepped their devices, it isn’t possible that Apple won’t do the same at some point.
The company is yet to announce its plans officially but rumor has it that Apple VR is in the works and will release this Fall. It won’t be a direct competitor for PlayStation VR, HTC VIVE or Oculus Rift. Instead, it would be a device similar to Samsung’s Gear VR.
Apple VR will use the iPhone as its screen to provide users a VR experience. According to Piper Jaffray’s analyst Gene Munster, VR market won’t be a flop like 3D because many major companies are investing billions. Facebook alone pushed the bar to $2 billion back in March 2014 when it purchased Oculus.
On top of that, Apple, Google and Sony (SNE) are expected to all be making significant investments in VR/AR over the next five years. We believe these investments will lay the groundwork for VR /AR becoming the next computing paradigm.
He also commented on Sony and its PlayStation VR for PS4.
It has the content, distribution and user base (36 million PS4 consoles sold) to allow VR to grow rapidly. We have also been impressed by Sony’s demos of ‘London Heist’ and ‘Walk The Wire,’ and the company has a slate of approximately 80 games which will be available at launch, which is expected late this year
Oculus Rift is hitting shelves on March 29 for $599, meanwhile, PlayStation VR is not yet priced but Sony is holding a VR centric event later this month where such details may possibly be revealed. Apple will definitely observe the market first and determine what should be the right price point for their device.
If the rumors have any merit, we’ll hear of Apple VR in the coming months.