Microsoft has done a good job at wowing the world with its new HoloLens project, but obviously at this point it’s just that, a project. We have yet to see when this will become a reality for the enterprise and consumers, so it does leave the door open for any competitor to try to find a way to use these ideas and compete. Apple is notorious for grabbing existing ideas and launching them with its own touch, and today we learn of its probable next project.
Trusted sources claim that Apple has already poached Microsoft’s lead HoloLens audio engineer, Nick Thompson. Before joining Microsoft in this HoloLens project, Thompson was already an Apple employee working as a CPU software and audio engineer on the Mac team. Thompson has just updated his LinkedIn status to confirm that he left Redmond nearly two months ago to join Apple, so this makes a ton of previous acquisitions gain some common sense as to Apple’s plans. Cupertino acquired Metaio in March 2015, which specialized in Augmented Reality, and it also acquired PrimeSense in 2013, the company responsible for the first Xbox Kinect sensor.
It’s hard to predict how close or far Apple is to making this project a reality, but the next couple of events later this year could reveal something.