Today Apple successfully filed a patent with The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office named “Head-Mounted Display Apparatus for Retaining a Portable Electronic Device with Display.” Like Samsung’s Gear VR, Apple’s U.S. Patent No. 8,957,835 proposes a device that can be worn on the head and function with an iPhone inserted. We may be getting our first glimpses of Apple VR.
Rather than create a new piece of hardware, Apple is doing something similar to Samsung, in that they’re using their existing phones to emulate virtual reality. The Patent includes designs for a device that can have an iPhone inserted into it and worn around your head. The device then uses the iPhone to display a virtual image, but unlike the Gear VR, Apple’s VR headset seems to work with some sort of remote rather than a game controller or touchpad. The remote looks similar to the Apple TV remote with a scroll wheel and a clicker.
With AppleVR, Apple now joins companies like Microsoft, SONY and Samsung, being an existing technology company entering the new and exciting field of VR.
Source: US Patent and Trademark Office