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macrumors 68030
Original poster
Mar 25, 2013
Is Apple doing any work in the area of VR. Seems like VR is bigger than ever but I'm not hearing anything about Apple getting involved. Anyone have any insights?


macrumors G3
Feb 13, 2012
Perth, Western Australia
Apple do not comment on products prior to release.

VR is still in the early test and early adopter phase with other vendors.

You'll hear about Apple VR when they have something to sell.


macrumors 65816
Jun 8, 2011
VR and AR are still very early in development for commercial sale. The biggest issue with the technologies are the cost to benefit ratio. VR cameras/ 360 cameras are still really expensive and the software stitching can be somewhat buggy/heavy on the artifacts. Couple that with specialized viewing equipment and the ballgame changes quite a bit. It's also why home 3D TV viewing is extremely limited. Google and Samsung are doing a lot of work in the space right now which is great but the adoption rate is still pretty abysmal. I think Apple would rather spend more resources towards their wireless charging and holographic display tech.

macrumors regular
Nov 25, 2015
iPhone vr renderings


macrumors regular
Dec 1, 2011
I think it's one of those things that's too early to jump in. MS & Sony did the gaming stuff (Xbox connect, etc), etc - it's a bit far from Apple's core imo.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 4, 2009
Las Vegas
I would think we are a few years away from apple making any vr announcements. A few bottlenecks are internet speed for connectivity and processing power for graphics, which in some regards (like macbook) apple lags in. One other bottleneck is the consumers ability to easily capture vr content right now. Cameras for consumers are only now. Beginning to make it to market.

I think if facebook launches a vr platform for connecting with friends and family (as rumored), we may see apple move to market.


macrumors member
Jun 4, 2008
At work, I just had to test all VR options, mobile apps, etc including Google Cardboard. The short of it is that the best experience is to be had on Android phones and Windows PCs for now. Apple has no answer other than paving the way via APIs in iOS. I had the company compromise and buy VR tech that is cross platform and can be exported easily and compatible with Cardboard type headsets. I hope Apple decides to answer soon, even if it's something tepid like added features in the Video player and a headset added to the Apple Store.


macrumors G4
Jan 8, 2012
Are we talking a VR system from Apple in general or specifically in relation to the iPhone?

I would say in their Mac ecosystem its a bust before they even gets started. They don't have the software support to take advantage of the hardware they don't have (at least VR gaming).

As far as the iPhone. No experience with that personally but the current resolution, especially on the none plus models seems a bit too low...and by a bit I mean a lot.
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