Apple has taken over the California-based virtual reality company NextVR, Apple confirmed Bloomberg today.
Apple’s planned NEXTVR acquisition first appeared in April. However, the purchase was apparently only recently completed. Apple has reportedly spent approximately $ 100 million on the purchase of the company.
The NextVR website has disappeared and there is a message saying that the company is “going in a new direction”. Apple gave Bloomberg Standard Acquisition Statement: “Apple purchases small technology companies from time to time and we generally don’t discuss our purpose or plans.”
NextVR combines virtual reality with sports, music and entertainment and offers VR experiences for live events on VR headsets from PlayStation, HTC, Oculus, Google, Microsoft and other manufacturers.
Prior to Apple’s acquisition, NextVR had partnerships with the NBA, Wimbledon, Fox Sports, WWE and other companies and holds more than 40 patents that may be of interest to Apple.
Apple has worked on several augmented, virtual and mixed reality headsets in recent years. Just today, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple’s Augmented Reality Smart Glasses, which are in the works, could hit the market in 2022.
In addition to the smart glasses, there were also rumors that Apple is working on a kind of virtual reality headset that has an 8K display for each eye and is not connected to a smartphone or a computer.