There has been endless speculation about an upcoming VR headset by Apple. Those who have been covering the consistent rumors feel it is just history repeating itself, as was the reporting and speculation spree leading up to Apple Watch. Well, only if San Cupertino would work as per the whims and wishes of gadgets lovers and gizmo writers.
From whatever can be gauged of the information that is available in the public domain, some confirmed by Apple and some confirmed by sources while some are pure rumors, there does seem to be an Apple VR device in the making. But some have raised doubts over whether it would be virtual reality or augmented reality. It is also not sure if the VR headset by Apple will be in line with what HTC, Oculus and Sony have or if it would be completely different. That Apple VR is a project in development is beyond doubt. Let us confirm what we know till now.
We obviously know Tim Cook is excited about virtual reality and augmented reality. He has gone on record and stated so in public speeches and interviews. He sees virtual reality and augmented reality as the future. Apple has filed for patents pertaining to headsets to be worn like glasses or spectacles. Apple has been hiring virtual reality experts over the recent years. Even if Apple is not anywhere close to rolling out a VR headset, it is clearly building a prototype or experimenting with VR devices.
Google has had a mixed response to its Glass. But it is poised to change the realm of augmented reality. It could be that Apple is working on a similar product. After all, Google and Apple are the best of competitors despite being in very different niches. Microsoft is working on Hololens and they are clearly not in the best of terms with Apple. It is only fitting that Apple rolls out a VR headset or AR glass that will blow everyone else out of the water and then out of the park.
Not everyone is excited about a VR headset by Apple though. Some feel that Apple should not try to make its presence felt in everything. Apple Watch has not been particularly popular, certainly not like the iPod and then the iPhone. Apple has been misreading its customers for a while now. It may not gauge its target audience well if it pushes for an Apple Virtual Reality device prematurely.