MarketWatch First Take: Apple accepts reality, but can it take AR and VR to mainstream?

Apple Inc. finally made real its interest in the nascent markets of both augmented reality and virtual reality, a move that will likely push at least AR more into the mainstream and potentially drive future iPhone sales.

At its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif. on Monday, Apple AAPL, -0.98%made a slew of announcements for software developers, including a home speaker to rival products by Amazon and Google.

And while Apple’s costly consumer HomePod device got the most attention, Apple’s embrace of the two evolving reality-altering technologies with new software developer tools was focused on the future.

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