Apple’s hiring for augmented reality is up 30x over last year

“On May 1, 2018, Apple was hiring for just one position focused on AR, or Augmented Reality,” Joshua Fruhlinger writes for Thinknum. “But then one month later, in June 2018, the company showed off SwiftShot, an AR multi-player game developed with the company’s ARKit 2 that ballyhooed persistent and shared AR experiences along with new levels of object detection.”

Fruhlinger writes, “Since that demo, hiring at Apple for AR experts has grown from a humble 5 open positions to 33 as of this week.”

“The hiring upswing is a clear sign that the Cupertino tech giant is looking to make AR a major part of its mobile iOS devices moving forward,” Fruhlinger writes. “A word-cloud analysis of openings for AR since 2016 shows a clear move from R&D to market research, resale, and retail applications.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Work on Apple Glasses is picking up even more speed.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Joshua Fruhlinger” for the heads up.]


  1. Tim Cook’s Apple so far:
    -All iPhone
    -Ignore all other products
    -All China Manufacturing/Supply Chain. Even though warnings signs have been there for 2 years
    -Ignore Movie Streaming which Apple was 5 years ahead and allow others to dominate
    -Air Charging which has become common. Announce a product and never ship it.
    -Allow AI which you were 4 and 5 years ahead of everyone to be dominated by others.
    -Talk about AR 2 years ago and show nothing, will this be another area that others will dominate when Apple was ahead?
    -Connected Home- So far Vapor
    -Home Speaker- Available 1 year after announced and once again allowed others to dominate. Only 1 expensive product as well.
    -Air Pods- Great product but delayed launch, and lead times of months.
    – Cooks legacy will be all the cash in the world and squandered on buy backs. No innovation. Product launch nightmares. Allowing others to leap frog Apple. This is Microsoft 2.0.

  2. Oh, it would be so cool to work for Apple some day. For now, I work as an AR/VR developer at Skywell.Software, which considered one of the best AR/VR companies in Ukraine. And actually, this tendency of hiring more and more AR/VR developers and 3D designers is growing in my company too, because this technology is the future.

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