Executives at Apple, when given the chance, have not been shy about their love for augmented reality (AR), but the company has never said it’s completely against the idea of virtual reality (VR), either.
As such, rumors that Apple is working on a standalone AR/VR headset are certainly not unheard of. And here we are with a new report that informs us that Apple has hired a pretty significant presence in the VR app development space. According to Variety on Monday, Apple hired Sterling Crispin back in May of this year as a “prototyping researcher”. Unfortunately, what that means, and any other details regarding Crispin’s role at Apple, remains unknown.
As far as what Crispin has created, that would be the popular VR paint game, Cyber Paint. This allows you to create pieces in a 360-degree environment, courtesy of a VR headset. As it stands right now, Cyber Paint is available for a few different options out there, including Oculus Go, Google’s Daydream VR headset, and HTC’s Vive Focus.
Crispin has extensive background in VR app development, as well as a designer of user experience in software. How those things will translate for whatever Apple is working on remains to be seen, of course.
Whatever Apple is working on is probably going to be pretty exciting in the end. Of course, how apple actually intends to roll out some VR features, and how it connects to the products it already has available, will probably be the most interesting part.