Apple Has Acquired NextVR

Apple Has Acquired NextVR

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Apple has acquired NextVR, a startup specializing in the broadcast of live events in virtual reality. The company says its platform "provides fans with extraordinary access and profound immersion to the world’s greatest sports and music events".

NextVR has partnered with the biggest leagues and broadcasters to deliver exclusive VR events such as NBA games, ICC soccer matches, the Kentucky Derby, the US Open, the Daytona 500 and concerts from the band Coldplay. Through the NextVR app you can be courtside, behind the goal or center stage. Experience your favorite events live or browse highlights from previous events at NextVR.com.

Bloomberg reports that the acquisition could help Apple develop VR and AR headsets and accompanying software and content.

The website for NextVR has been shut down except for a notice indicating that "NextVR is Heading in a New Direction". There's also a thank you to partners and fans:

Thank you to our partners and fans around the world for the role you played in building this awesome platform for sports, music and entertainment experiences in Virtual Reality.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out with a research note today that predicts Apple won't unveil its rumored AR glasses until 2022 at the earliest. Apple's timeline for a virtual reality product is less certain but please download the iClarified app or follow iClarified on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and RSS for updates.


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