Apple Adding “plug and play support” for Vive Pro in MacOS Mojave

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At Apple’s WWDC conference this week, the company announced that the Vive Pro will be fully supported on the newest version of MacOS, ‘Mojave’, soon to launch in public beta and available widely later this year. ski speaks on stage at WWDC 2018 | Image courtesy Apple.

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Oculus Mum on Rift Support for MacOS in the Wake of Apple’s VR Announcements

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Apple this week showed it’s getting serious about the VR medium with platform-spanning VR announcements this week crossing both hardware and software. With SteamVR and the Vive on their way to Mac, eyes turn to Oculus, but the company isn’t ready to commit to MacOS.

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Apple Hints At VR/AR Work Once More With Oculus, Magic Leap Hires

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Report: Apple Acquires VR & AR Eye-tracking Company SMI

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A report from MacRumors provides compelling evidence that Apple has quietly acquired SMI, also known as SensoMotoric Instruments, a company specializing in eye-tracking technology. MacRumors reports that the company was quietly acquired by Apple sometime between May 2nd and July 26th, 2017.

Apple Announces First VR-Ready Computers

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The company says Metal 2 will also support Unity, Unreal Engine and the Steam VR SDK, making Apple’s new operating system a true VR-native. The post Apple Announces First VR-Ready Computers appeared first on Road to VR.

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Apple Embraces VR: Every Virtual Reality Announcement From Today’s WWDC Keynote

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At Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference today, the company made a major shift in their embrace of virtual reality with several new VR announcements during the event’s opening keynote. Today marks a major shift in Apple’s public support for virtual reality.

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Apple Details Latest VR Optimizations Coming to macOS Mojave (10.14)

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Earlier this month at Apple’s annual WWDC conference, the company introduced their latest operating system, macOS Mojave (10.14). SEE ALSO Oculus Mum on Rift Support for MacOS as Apple and Valve Forge Ahead. ski visualizes below: Image courtesy Apple.

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Apple and Valve Have Worked Together for Nearly a Year to Bring VR to MacOS

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Apple’s broad embrace of VR this week shows that the company has had virtual reality support on its roadmap for quite some time. During a session at WWDC , Apple and Valve confirmed they’ve been working together for nearly a year to bring SteamVR and OpenVR to MacOS.

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Apple CEO: VR Has “Lower Commercial Interest” than AR, New Hires from Magic Leap & Oculus

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has stated that in his view, augmented reality and not virtual reality holds the ticket for commercial success in immersive technologies in the future. This is what Apple has always done for the most part, and they’ve done very nicely as a result.

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Apple Granted Patent for High Field of View AR Display

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Apple has just been granted another AR/VR related technology patent, to add to their growing list. Apple’s absence from the flourishing virtual and augmented reality stage is felt more strongly with every passing day.

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Facebook Hires Apple Hardware Expert To Head Oculus Advancements

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We recently covered rumors of Apple planning to lean on AR for the company’s future and there were some personnel movements to corroborate the rumors as well. Now we’ve got some movement in the VR and AR industries again, this time with a senior ex-Apple employee becoming head of Oculus VR hardware. Oculus has a strong position on two fronts within the VR industry. Tagged with: apple , facebook , oculus. VR apple facebook oculus

Community Download: Are Oculus and HTC The Apple and Microsoft of VR?

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For every Nintendo there is a Sega and for every Apple there is a Microsoft. There are a handful of major players already cutting their teeth in VR including Google, Sony and Samsung; but the two titans sitting at the top of the heap are Oculus and HTC. Oculus/Apple .

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Report: Apple Targeting 2020 Release For Wireless VR/AR Headset

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Just yesterday we highlighted a new patent from Apple for eye-tracking in a VR/AR headset — the latest in a long string of breadcrumbs from the company indicating spatial computing continues to be an area of extreme interest. Today, a report from CNET writer Shara Tibken , citing an unnamed source, suggests Apple is targeting a 2020 release for what sounds like a combination AR/VR headset “that would be untethered from a computer or smartphone.” AR apple

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Apple’s Tim Cook Sees Opportunity In AR, But It ‘Will Take Some Time To Get Right’

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One name is notably absent from that list: Apple. Despite the occasional patent or acquisition , Apple has yet to make any concrete statement concerning its commitment to VR. In an interview with Buzzfeed , Apple CEO Tim Cook made some interesting comments related to AR and VR.

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Apple Mum on AR/VR for iPhone 7, but Here’s How We Know They’re Still Working on It

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Yesterday Apple held a keynote presentation to update the world on their latest products. It’s too early for Apple to jump into the AR/VR game. That much was made clear on stage at the company’s latest keynote where they revealed the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch Series 2.

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3 Moves Oculus is Borrowing from Apple’s Marketing.

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3 Moves Oculus is Borrowing from Apple’s Marketing Playbook Even if you’re an Android fanboy, there’s no denying that Apple knows how to market. No matter which side you fall on, it’s clear that Oculus is borrowing from the Apple marketing playbook.

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Apple Sets Stage For VR; Shows Off Star Wars Vive Demo

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Apple’s new iMacs are now powerful enough to support VR. Apple unveiled macOS High Sierra during WWDC. Apple Embracing Virtual Reality. Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi took the stage and confirmed that “Valve is bringing SteamVR to Mac.”

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Apple Drops Hint For VR-Ready Mac Pro

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Apple’s short history with VR is somewhat troubled. While CEO Tim Cook continues to rave about AR instead , headset makers like Facebook’s Oculus don’t support the Mac OSX, citing the need for more powerful hardware to run headsets like the Rift. Earlier this week Apple provided an update on its Mac Pro line of desktop PCs, promising that a new iteration of the device would be coming at some point in 2018. Apple VR Industry News apple Mac Pro

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Apple Maps Rivals Google Earth VR With ARKit Integration

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Apple revealed a lot of details about its impressive new ARKit platform at its event at WWDC 2017 last month, but it didn’t mention that one of its most popular apps already supports the new feature. The latest version of Apple Maps has ARKit support built in. It looks very similar to Google Earth VR, the free HTC Vive and Oculus Rift app that allows you to explore certain locations across the glove. Apple VR Industry News

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Is Apple Working On A VR headset?

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Apple has been in the news recently and I do not mean because their iPhone sales are slowing. Apple Rumored to be hiring for VR since 2014 Apple has confirmed their recent acquisition of a company called Flyby Media, a start-up that allows phones to can "see" the world around them.

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Apple is Playing The Long Game With VR – And It May Work

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A lot of VR fans may be focused on the big guns, like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Playstation VR, but the real pioneer in marketing virtual and augmented reality to the masses is mobile VR, such as the Samsung Gear VR headset.

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Apple Hints At VR/AR Work Once More With Oculus, Magic Leap.

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Apple Hints At VR/AR Work Once More With Oculus, Magic Leap Hires Business Insider is reporting that the ever-popular tech giant made two key hires in recent weeks and months. The former is Yury Petrov, who reportedly came on board at Apple all the way back in June.

Watch This Amazing Prototype Video Of Minecraft In AR Using Apple’s ARKit

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In fact, it’s already spread to VR devices like the Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, and even HTC Vive. YouTube user Matthew Hallberg utilizes Apple’s new ARKit to experiment with what it might be like to play Minecraft in AR. Apple AR Gaming ARKit Minecraft

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Apple is working on an AR/VR headset for 2020: my thoughts over this news

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On Friday, a report on CNET shook a bit the XR community revealing that Apple is working on an AR/VR headset for 2020. An article that has become pretty popular, since every time that Apple makes something in an industry, it for sure changes all the market dynamics.

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Report: Apple AR Headset Coming In 2020 With Brand New OS

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Apple’s ARKit marks the start of a long journey for the company’s work with augmented reality technology, but the long-rumored AR headset the company may be working on may still be years away from release. A new report from Bloomberg claims that Apple is aiming to have its AR headset ready in 2019 and possibly start shipping it in 2020. If true, Apple’s timeline seems to fall in line with the current state of other AR headsets. Apple VR Industry News

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Report: Apple Buys AR Headset Company Vrvana For $30 Million

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A new report this week adds fuel to the rumors that Apple is building its own augmented reality headset. Neither Apple nor Vrvana itself would confirm the news, but the site cited sources close to the deal and notes Vrvana ceased public communications in August of this year. All the way back in 2014 the company ran a Kickstarter campaign for a VR headset named Totem intended to compete with the Oculus Rift. Apple VR Industry News

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First Look: Oculus Venues and Oculus TV

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These apps hope to make the Oculus Go your next entertainment device. The $200 standalone VR headset from Oculus has finally arrived. the Oculus Go is part of Oculus’ larger goal to getting one billion consumers into VR. Oculus Venues. Oculus TV.

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Apple Should Be Very Worried About Google’s Pixel

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These facts have me considering jumping ship from Apple seriously for the first time since 2007. While I’m deeply embedded in the Apple ecosystem, Pixel tempts me more than ever before to consider leaving Apple behind completely. Just how embedded am I with Apple? Google knows running out of storage on an iPhone is one of the most annoying moments for an Apple owner, and it already solved that problem through Google Photos.

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Anonymous Sources Say Apple Wants To Evolve With AR

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Industry professionals and tech enthusiasts always keep their ears to the pavement for any potential ripples from one of the big companies and even the smallest drop from Apple can send waves across multiple markets and publications. Many wondered if Apple would officially step into the VR or AR markets with something exhibiting their usual simple yet luxurious design and, as Bloomberg reports , it looks like the Apple CEO Tim Cook believes the future of the company will be augmented.

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Apple is Playing The Long Game With VR – And It May WorkOpinion:

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Apple recently got in on the game, but just barely. The selection of virtual reality apps available in Apple’s App Store is relatively small, with many of them already available in Google Play. Apple may be trying, but it’s already leagues behind the competition.

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Oculus Android App Passes 1 Million Downloads

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The Oculus app for Android just surpassed 1 million total downloads on the Google Play Store. Apple’s App Store does not report download numbers. The Oculus app is required to set up the Oculus Go , and can be used to install apps on it as well as manage settings. Before the addition of Rift support the app could be used to estimate Oculus Go sales. Oculus

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Apple Granted Patent for High Field of View AR DisplayApple has.

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Apple Granted Patent for High Field of View AR Display Apple has just been granted another AR/VR related technology patent, to add to their growing list. Apple’s absence from the flourishing virtual and augmented reality stage is felt more strongly with every passing day.

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AR+VR Weekly: AR Big Ben, 2018 Apple acquisitions & Google Lens sees billions

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In addition to keeping you up-to-date on the top AR+VR news, funding activity, and launch announcements, here are there three stories you need to know: AR Big Ben, 2018 Apple acquisitions and Google Lens sees billions. Sling TV, ESPN, and FOX NOW Streaming Come to Oculus Go ( Road to VR ).

Apple Developing MicroLED Technology in California

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Apple, according to Bloomberg , is rumored to be developing MicroLED displays in a dedicated facility in California. Apple’s obvious goal could be to supplement and eventually replace Samsung as the supplier of their screens. Oculus purchased MicroLED company InfiniLED in October 2016, and a company called eMagin have been working on microdisplays for years. Can Apple help get us there?

‘Super Kaiju’ Studio Unveils ‘Galaga AR’ Multiplayer Game, ‘AR Arcade’ Series Coming in 2019

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Directive Games is a Shanghai-based AR/VR studio behind Super Kaiju (2018) for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, and The Machines , a PvP multiplayer AR game announced during the Apple iPhone X event last year. Image courtesy Apple. Image courtesy Apple.

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Oculus Avatars Are Finally Going Cross-platform

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Oculus had announced almost a year ago now that they planned to take their Oculus Avatars system cross-platform. SEE ALSO Apple Joins the Impending Avatar Wars With Memoji. The post Oculus Avatars Are Finally Going Cross-platform appeared first on Road to VR.

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Video Gives Us a Peek Into the Future of How AR and VR Will Work Together

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In a recent tweet, the group shows what at first appears to be another fun video demonstrating the potential of creating apps with Apple’s recently released ARkit.

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AR+VR Weekly: Apple AR glasses, $13 Billion VR market in China & Oculus top hardware on Steam

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In addition to keeping you up-to-date on the top AR+VR news, funding activity, and launch announcements, here are there three stories you need to know: Apple AR glasses, $13 Billion VR market in China and Oculus on top on Steam.

Oculus Files Patent For A MagSafe-Like Rift Cable

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Facebook’s Oculus applied for a patent on an electromagnetic cable connector for PC VR headsets. The concept is similar to the ‘MagSafe’ connector which Apple MacBooks featured until recently. The concept of this patent seems to be that if enough force is applied, instead of pulling the PC or headset away the cable will simply detach, much like Apple’s MagSafe for laptops. Instead, it’s a new shape which looks similar to the Oculus logo.

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For Once, Microsoft Got The Jump On Google and Apple with HoloLens — Will It Last?

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Consumer VR devices costing several hundred dollars from Oculus, HTC, and Sony run on powerful household desktop PCs that likely cost at least $1,000. Meanwhile, AR systems, such as Apple’s recent ARKit, allow mobile users to view the world through a window, with digital objects superimposed. Mixed reality (MR) is a new computing platform that‘s emerging from the current fields of augmented and virtual reality.

Oculus Touch Review: Reach into Rift

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‘Step Into Rift’ had been Oculus’ mantra since the launch of the headset back at the end of March this year, but with the launch of Oculus’ dedicated motion controllers, Touch, players can finally ‘Reach Into Rift’ too. SEE ALSO Oculus Rift Review: Prologue to a New Reality.

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Oculus Announces $49 Earphones Accessory for Rift, Launching December 6th

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At today’s Oculus Connect keynote, a number of new hardware announcements were made, including the reveal of a new pair of Oculus ‘Earphones’ that replace the removable headphones that come with the Rift.

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Palmer Luckey Responds To Apple Founder Steve Wozniak Criticism: “You Can’t Please Everyone”

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Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has responded to a comment from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak expressing disappointment in the Oculus Rift inventor. Luckey left Oculus owner Facebook in late March after months of silence following the revelation that he had funded a controversial political campaign.

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