While the business in VR headset projects a promising future, it seems tough for Apple to let this opportunity walk away so easily. As a result, Apple has been awarded a patent by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a head-mounted virtual reality headset.
Though the VR trend has gained a sort of momentum in the present time frame, Apple had already filed for the patent in 2008. The content described in the patent revolves around a headset that can instil an iPhone into it and can be mounted on head.
As stated in the patent-
The portable electronic may be physically coupled to the head-mounted device such that the portable electronic device can be worn on the user’s head. The portable electronic device may be operatively coupled to the head-mounted device such that the portable electronic device and head mounted device can communicate and operate with one another.
The patent also talks about using a remote control to control the basic functionalities of the VR headset, without making a physical interaction with mobile handset while using the wearable. It also includes provisions for using the iPhone screen as the screen for the VR headset.
Apple is not the very first tech brand to have recognised the possible potential that the VR headset market offers. Facebook acquired Oculus VR has already projected that dumbfounding virtual world that the VR headset can carry you into while Samsung launched its Gear VR last year. Microsoft has also steeped into the arena with its holographic headset called Hololens.
Though Apple has received yet another patent on its name, the Cupertino giant hasn’t acquired any such hardware or software party that could carve this patent into an actual headset.