Early in September, the popular Apple news site MacRumors reported that the Cupertino tech giant is moving into VR. The company allegedly has a “secret team of hundreds of employees working on virtual and augmented reality projects.” The MacRumors article provided an extensive dive into the work that Apple is undertaking in the VR space, which includes a rumored ultra-powerful virtual reality (VR) headset and a set of augmented reality (AR) glasses.
The move reflects how all the big tech companies are having to work hard to keep up with one another as each makes their own forays into emerging technologies. Not only that, but they’re also sure to be investigating new and innovative ways to combine these technologies. For example, MacRumors previously reported that Apple was developing a set of high-end, over-ear headphones. Commenters were quick to speculate on the integration of Apple’s AI-enabled voice assistant Siri.
The company had previously announced the launch of Cryptokit, an API for developers to enable several cryptographic features. Could Apple also be intending to integrate blockchain capabilities with its AR/VR offerings?
It isn’t such a leap. While Cryptokit doesn’t currently support cryptocurrencies, Apple could be left behind if it doesn’t start to embrace blockchain. The recent news that China Telecom is developing a blockchain phone with 5G capability could spell bad news for a company that probably doesn’t want to lose any of its 50 percent smartphone market share.
After all, Samsung has been steadily expanding its blockchain footprint with the integration of wallet and dApp store features to its Galaxy products. Samsung’s Gear VR headset also integrates with the Galaxy product range. It would surely be easy enough for the company to start selling VR games and experiences that people can pay for using cryptocurrencies via their Galaxy phones.