Apple is apparently working on, or at least seriously considering, virtual reality (VR) systems, if a new job listing posted by the company over the weekend is anything to go by.
Specifically, Apple wants to hire an individual to fill the position of “App Engineer.” The company explains in its posting for the job:
We are looking for a software engineer to develop UI and applications to create next generation software experiences. The individual must be able to take 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.
As noted by 9to5Mac, it’s unclear at this point whether Apple is looking to develop apps for its own VR systems or to integrate its software into third-party ones such as the newly unveiled Pinć VR headset cum iPhone 6 case.
In any case, Apple has been toying with VR since as far back as six years ago, when it took out a patent for an “automatically adjusting media display in a personal display system.”
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