A new job listing hints Apple might be interested in developing apps for virtual reality. Spotted by 9to5Mac, the listing is specific to engineers with experience in virtual and augmented reality, along with 3D graphics. We've seen companies such as Samsung and Google show interest in the future of virtual reality, and it looks like Apple is at least looking to keep pace with the competition.

"This engineer will create high performance apps that integrate with Virtual Reality systems for prototyping and user testing," the job listing reads.

The career ad doesn't provide much detail about Apple's future plans, though we have seen hints the company is actively exploring virtual reality. Last year, a patent showed up that detailed an Oculus Rift-style headset—essentially similar to what we've seen from Samsung, and to a lesser extent Google's Cardboard. Sony also has a virtual reality headset in the works for the PlayStation 4.

If there's one thing Apple is good at, it's gaining developer support for its products. The job listing could be the first puzzle piece in Apple's virtual reality future, though just because the company is working on something doesn't mean a product is inbound. Whoever does apply for the job, however, will help "develop UI and applications to create next generation software experiences."

Whatever Apple has planned, don't expect the project to be unveiled anytime soon. While it would be more likely to see Apple introduce a headset, the company may also be working on an iPhone with advanced 3D display tech and software. A company like Oculus, which has been developing its headset for a few years now, is likely the leader in the virtual reality space, though Apple seemingly wants to ensure it explores what virtual reality has to offer.