Apple and VR June 03 2016, 0 Comments

Virtual Reality is the new fad nowadays, especially with Samsung, but the iPhone won’t allow being left behind. It’s true, Apple are a bit behind in VR, but they’re quickly catching up, especially by increasing compatibility with Android VR headsets.

What is VR (Virtual Reality)?

It started with 3D movies which provided a more realistic picture in film that seemed very close to 3D. The idea of using VR with your smartphone is to provide this experience and much more because a smartphone has more flexibility.

To use VR with your smartphone, you will need a VR headset, of which there are many in the market. Your smartphone will be inserted into the headset and then you will wear the headset like a pair of huge goggles. Since your device is very close to your eyes, images appear life-sized and seem real.

Furthermore, the flexibility of the smartphone can also accommodate head movements, which means you can look around the virtual environment, instead of focusing on just the main object. For a better idea on how this works, check out YouTube 360 videos on YouTube, where the company intends to bring VR into their system.

For now, though, you might want to know how to use the service:

VR headsets

Several manufacturers have already created a VR headset, and there are now numerous varieties ranging in price from $30 to $200. Apple themselves are selling the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack from their website at only $29.95. This headset has made VR with iPhone very popular because it can allow you to use it with any iPhone starting from the iPhone 5. Compared to Android, you need the Samsung Galaxy S6 and above to enjoy VR.

Despite being compatible with even the small 4-inch iPhones, you’re not going to enjoy your VR videos on these small screens as much as you would the iPhone 6s Plus.

Google have now come up with an even cheaper VR headset compatible with the iPhone, Google Cardboard. It’s literally what you imagine, a piece of cardboard folded into a VR headset, and the scheme is available here. If you don’t want the extra job, the same can be purchased for $15 right there.

Enjoying VR

Like all trending topics, you would expect developers to contribute to VR, and they have. There are now thousands of videos and apps available for download that you can use with your VR headset. Just head over to the iTunes Store and search for a few of these media files.