Apple Reconfigures Supplier Factories & Acquires VR Start-Up
Apple is moving quickly to adjust to the new reality of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Bloomberg, Apple is helping its suppliers all over the globe reconfigure their factories in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.
“Our teams have also partnered with suppliers to redesign and reconfigure factory floorplans where needed and to implement flexible working hours – including staggered work shifts – to maximise interpersonal space,” Sabih Khan, Senior Vice-President of Operation at Apple, wrote in a report.
In addition, Apple confirmed to Bloomberg that it has acquired the start-up NextVR, which specialises in virtual reality (VR) broadcasting.
Also headquartered in California, NextVR is the industry leader for live streaming professional sports and music events, among other events. The company works with Major League Baseball, the NFL and the NBA.
This is a timely purchase, given that many sports events are likely be held to empty stadiums and broadcasted online.
This may also integrate with coming augmented reality (AR) Apple devices. According to The Information, Apple plans on releasing its first AR headset in 2022 and its first pair of AR glasses in 2023. These pipeline products may well offer some VR capabilities.