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Apple hires lead Microsoft HoloLens audio engineer; suggests augmented reality product in the works

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Apple hires lead Microsoft HoloLens audio engineer; suggests augmented reality product in the works

Talk that Apple may well be running on an augmented reality venture of its personal intensified Monday with information that the iPhone maker poached Nick Thompson, the lead audio engineer for Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality challenge.

According to Piper Jaffray’s analyst Gene Munster, Apple may be able to be running by itself augmented reality generation. The analyst has heard whispers of Apple running a few more or less augmented reality software from inside of the business.

Apple had obtained a German startup referred to as Metaio in advance this yr, which had greater than 171 patents associated with augmented reality generation to its identify. These patents might placed Apple at the eleventh place in phrases of choice of augmented reality similar patents held, despite the fact that it's nonetheless at the back of the likes of Google, Samsung and Microsoft who've already displayed what their digital reality headsets are able to to the public.

“We consider Apple’s early involvement in the area suggests the corporate is making ready for the subsequent evolution of computing,” Munster wrote. “Additionally, we consider Apple’s evolving style merit approach they may be able to uniquely increase merchandise that buyers will if truth be told need vs. prototype taste services lately.”

Microsoft HoloLens
Microsoft’s HoloLens undertaking is a head-fixed show with see-thru lenses that venture interactive holographic photographs into the view of the consumer. It’s powered by way of a model of Windows 10 referred to as Windows Holographic and incorporates a top-finish CPU, GPU a devoted holographic processor and a lot of sensors.


Since audio additionally performs a key phase in augmented reality, Apple lately employed a lead engineer from Microsoft’s HoloLens group. The engineer, Nick Thompson, had in the past labored at Apple for 7 years as a senior engineering supervisor. He used to be chargeable for the audio gadget discovered inside of the Macs launched in early 200s and the first-era Apple TV.

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