Apple wants in on the game – the game of VR headsets. Samsung’s in it, and so are the likes of Microsoft and Oculus Rift but if you’ve been wondering when Apple was going to get on the bandwagon (or at least, think about it), it’s right about now.
The tech conglomerate has been awarded a patent titled “Head-Mounted Display Apparatus for Retaining a Portable Electronic Device with Display” from the US patent and trademark office, marking its first step into the VR space.
According to what’s on the patent, the headset – let’s call it Apple VR for now – will be able to pair with an iPhone or iPod. The iPhone or iPod’s screen will function as the device’s primary display, allowing the mobile device to be slot into the headset’s frame (just like the Gear VR).
A remote possibility
The patent also covers a remote that could possibly be used to communicate with the smartphone/iPod, since its multi-touch display will most likely be inaccessible from within the VR unit. However, no further information on the features of the headset or which iPhones/iPods will be able to pair with the device was revealed.
But, by the looks of it, Apple seems to be diversifying in its offerings from being just a PC and mobile device vendor. If the iCar and this VR headset happen to be a few of the things Apple’s working on, we’re not short of some really fancy tech gear in future.
However, you should be wary since Apple’s patented numerous technologies that never got to see the light of day, so let’s not get our hopes up too high for now.
[Source and images: Business Insider]