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Apple Continues Search for Virtual Reality Experts

by Jacob Kleinman | December 3, 2014December 3, 2014 7:00 pm PDT

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Apple hasn’t expressed much interested in virtual reality in public, but behind the scenes the company may be racing to build up its own VR team. A few new Apple job listings spotted by 9to5Mac suggest that Apple may have big plans for a mysterious new virtual reality product, which we’ve heard about before.

One job listing asks for an app engineer with VR experience, specifically with developing for Oculus Rift and Leap Motion. Apple goes on to promise the opportunity to “play a part in the next revolution in user experience by delivering cinematic user interfaces…” Specifically, Cupertino wants someone to create a UI and programs to “integrate with Virtual Reality systems.”

Apple’s also looking for a Game Engineer—also with VR experience—to create physics-based simulations and visuals for a “next-generation product. Finally, a third listing asks for a programmer to work in both virtual and augmented reality. Those applicants should have experience making games for engines like Unity and Unreal.

Based on these listings, it sounds like Apple has some pretty big plans for virtual reality. Still, it’s unclear if Cupertino will offer an all-in-one experience like the Oculus Rift, a smartphone-based product like Google Cardboard, or something else entirely. We can’t wait to see what the company has planned, though considering what we know about Apple it could be a while before the new product is considered to be ready for public viewing.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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