Apple has reportedly hired a virtual reality (VR) plugin developer called Tim Dashwood, according to Final Cut Pro community site fcp.co, fuelling speculation that Apple is secretly working on a number of VR projects.
The entrepreneur — whose LinkedIn profile is yet to be updated with details about his new role at Apple — has had to make all of Stereo3D Unlimited’s plugins free to download as a result of his employment at Apple — according to fcp.co. Some of them, such as the 360VR Toolbox plugin, which helps editors to create 360 videos, used to sell for over $US1,000 (£781).
The plugins that Dashwood develops could prove useful to Apple, which develops its own Final Cut Pro video editing software. Apple recently admitted that it needs to do more to support its professional power users that buy its most advanced (and expensive) products.
Companies like Google and Facebook have already made their VR ambitions known with the release of products like Oculus and Google Cardboard but Apple is yet to embrace the new technology, which allows people to experience virtual worlds and interact with objects that aren’t really there. However, it’s possible that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 will feature hardware that supports VR and AR (augmented reality) uses.
Apple and Dashwood did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
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