Apple readies processor to power future VR headset

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A Apple VR headset is an Open secret, as demonstrated by a recent patent filing.
An illustration from a recent Apple patent filing shows a possible VR headset.
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Apple is almost ready to send the chip that’ll be at the heart of its virtual reality headset to production, according to an unconfirmed report. That’s a big step in the product reaching customers’ hands.

HoloVista takes VR iPhone gaming to a beautifully surreal new high

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‘HoloVista’ debuted Wednesday on the iPhone App Store.
Use virtual reality to explore an opulent but very strange mansion in HoloVista.
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The drawback to virtual reality gaming on an iPhone is it requires players to look at the world through their handset’s screen. Rather than try to escape that limitation, the new VR game HoloVista embraces it.

The player takes on the role of a character who’s also looking at the world through their iPhone. But what they’re seeing is a strange mansion they’ve been asked to photograph.

VR headsets, Bluetooth headphones and more [Week’s Newest Deals]

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From VR headsets and Bluetooth earbuds to a lifetime of cloud storage and downloadable YouTube videos, check out the best new deals this week.
Photo: Cult of Mac Deals

Say goodbye to winter and hello to these great new deals on gear and gadgets in the Cult of Mac Store. This week, we’ve got a terabyte of super-secure cloud storage for life, a way to save your favorite streaming videos, a versatile VR headset, and a set of boss Bluetooth earbuds.

Better yet, everything’s massively discounted!

360-degree videos debut on Apple TV

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Immersive 360-degree videos are now available to fourth-gen Apple TV owners.
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Now you can watch (and explore) 360-degree videos on the new Apple TV, thanks to virtual reality network Littlstar’s free app.

The network’s new tvOS app delivers content from the likes of Showtime, Disney and PBS. It works with Apple TV’s Siri Remote, granting users the ability to control the angle used in the immersive 360-degree videos via the remote’s nifty trackpad.