For the past months, we've seen a great deal of rumors and leaks that showed Apple's clear interest in developing a virtual reality device. Now a new report from the 9to5Mac publication speaks of a new job listing that Apple posted, seeking app engineers experienced with 3D graphics, virtual reality, and augmented reality.
It seems that Apple is looking for app developers to build user interfaces and “high performance apps that integrate with Virtual Reality systems for prototyping and user testing.” While the job listing doesn’t provide too many details, it makes it obvious that Apple is interested in developing virtual reality and/or augmented reality experiences. Here's how an excerpt from the job posting sounds like:
"We are looking for a software engineer to develop UI and applications to create next generation software experiences. The individual must be able to participate in collaborative and iterative UI design through the implementation phases & complete performant user experience code for product delivery. This engineer will create high performance apps that integrate with Virtual Reality systems for prototyping and user testing."
By "Virtual Reality systems," Apple could refer to a full-on hardware experience or perhaps an augmented reality app experience. What's for sure is that augmented reality and virtual reality have become increasingly important areas for development, especially fueled by such headsets like the Oculus Rift and Google's "Project Tango" and Google Glass.
It seems that Apple is in possession of a technology similar to what's used in Google's Project Tango, as the company acquired in 2013 the 3-D mapping company PrimeSense.