Apple has reportedly acquired virtual reality startup company Spaces
What you need to know
- Apple has reportedly acquired VR startup Spaces.
- The VR company announced it was "heading in a new direction."
- It had previously built VR games, Zoom experiences, and more.
Reported by Protocol, Apple has required Spaces, a virtual reality startup that recently had been heading towards bankruptcy. The company reportedly started as a Dreamworks Animation project but eventually pivoted to to games like "Terminator Salvation: Fight for the Future."
After its foray into games, the company then built a VR experience for Zoom that would allow users to attend meetings as an animated avatar.
Spaces had announced that it would be shutting down its services last week and that the company was "heading in a new direction." The direction, according to the report, seems to be pointed straight towards Cupertino.
This news is the latest in a line of VR acquisitions for the company. Apple had recently confirmed it has acquired NextVR, a live streaming AR/VR company. It is unclear if, as part of the acquisition, employees from Spaces will be hired to work at Apple or if the acquisition will focus more on the technology that the company holds. Apple and Spaces have both declined to comment about the potential acquisition.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.