On the tail of their newly granted patent for a mobile head mounted display, Apple is continuing to search for new hires that would bring augmented and virtual reality experience to the company.
It first came to light that Apple was looking for virtual reality hires toward the beginning of December, 2014, when the company had listed four positions explicitly mentioning VR.
The latest listing, posted to the companies official job site on February 10th, seeks a ‘Senior VR/AR Programmer’. The listing follows:
Changing the world is all in a day’s work at Apple. If you love innovation, here’s your chance to make a career of it. Play a part in the next revolution in user experience by delivering cinematic user interfaces and simplifying human interface in fundamental ways. Build a team to develop new user interaction solutions, while working on innovative products.
We are looking for an exceptional Senior Software Engineer with a proven track record in Virtual and Augmented reality. The successful candidate will develop software and tools that use VR and AR to push the state of the art to enable development of Apple’s next generation of products.
- Development on VR/AR platforms
- Virtual Reality development experience: you have shipped a VR application, product, or game
- Excel at rapid prototyping and concept proving
3D graphics, OpenGL/DirectX
iOS/OS X application development
Game engine development (Unity/Unreal)
Ability to rapidly survey & analyze applications and devices in competitive landscapes
Ability to understand engineering analysis of complex systems and interpret the result in relation to the user experience
Strong commitment to stability, performance, & outstanding user experience
Thrives on learning new technologies; excellent debugging and troubleshooting skills
Experience in a fast paced, cross functional software environments
M.S. in Engineering or industry experience equivalent
While the company hasn’t made any formal announcements regarding augmented or virtual reality products, the specific language of the job listings makes it clear that they are experimenting internally with the technology. Their numerous patents for various head mounted displays is also indicative of a longstanding interest in the field.
Interestingly, Nirav Patel, one of Oculus’ early employees, was formerly a Software Development Engineer at Apple before joining the leading consumer VR headset company in 2012.