Apple continues to improve its camera sensors and augmented reality (AR) development kits, reportedly with an eye on future wearables using the technology. Apple is said to be releasing enhanced 3D camera sensors on the 2020 iPad Pro refresh. The same sensor could appear on 2020 iPhones later in the year, making it possible to scan and create three dimensional models from anywhere. This would set the stage for a combination AR and virtual reality (VR) headset for launch by 2022 or earlier.
Yes, Angry Birds is still and thing and a VR version is coming to iOS this spring, according to TechCrunch. Angry Birds: Isle of Pigs has had a long path the iPhone originally launching for the Magic Leap One, then landing on Steam for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Speck has launched their Pocket-VR case for iPhone. With a portable, slim design the Pocket-VR folds flat to increase portability. The iPhone case, which is included with the collapsible viewing assembly, provides military-grade drop protection and raised rubber ridges for better grip. Unlike some other virtual reality accessories designed for smartphones, the Pocket-VR is open on the top and bottom, making it possible to tap the screen while docked.
Some technology analysts have dubbed 2016 the year of virtual reality. Major companies like Oculus and Sony are primed to release their first consumer focus VR products in the coming months, but the entry level pricing will be steep.
However, developments in both VR and 3D technology have also resulted in a few immersive iPhone apps which allow you to capture 360 degree photos and videos. If you already have and iPhone, checking out these apps is the best way to get exposure to virtual reality without spending a dime.