This Could Be Apple’s ‘Next Big Thing’

Here’s a random question… Do you remember the Virtual Boy?

#-ad_banner-#I’d be surprised if you do.

Launched by Nintendo in 1995, the Virtual Boy was meant to be a great leap forward — a portable video game console that displayed “true 3D graphics” for users. The New York Times previewed the console in 1994, saying it would “totally immerse players into their own private universe.” 

Sounds pretty cool, right? Unfortunately it didn’t live up to the hype. Gunpei Yokoi, creator of Nintendo’s Game Boy handheld system (which sold 118 million units over its lifespan) was tasked with bringing Virtual Boy to life, so he began experimenting with

the technology Nintendo had licensed to create the 3D experience. While he touted the tech as a game-changer, he also realized that it would be prohibitively expensive (in the neighborhood of $500) to feature a full color LCD display system in the console.

The result was a still-expensive (for the time) $149 gaming system with a red-only 3D visual display that, to be kind, was less than fulfilling. To put it bluntly: it irritated users. Some even complained of headaches and motion sickness. Within less than a year and only about 700,000 units sold, Nintendo ceased production of the Virtual Boy.

Today, that gaming console is remembered as one of the biggest flops in video gaming history. But a little more than 20 years after that ill-fated effort, virtual reality is once again being touted as “the next big thing.” But what’s different this time around — and what should pique your interest as an investor — is that unlike 20 years ago, the promise of virtual reality technology is there. It’s fully-realized. And it has applications far above and beyond video games.

Think about this…

Imagine a doctor training for a complex surgical technique… a retiree working on his golf swing on Pebble Beach… a real estate agent showing a posh downtown penthouse to a client… school children from a disadvantaged neighborhood touring the ancient pyramids of Egypt… all of this is possible with a virtual reality headset.

If you think it sounds fanciful, you’d be right. But only partly. This is all coming right around the corner, and faster than you might think.

More than 5 million people already have a pair of Google virtual reality viewers. Virtual reality headsets from Facebook, HTC and Sony are expected to be released this year.

In fact, an estimated $4 billion has flowed into virtual reality technology and applications since 2010.

Google, Microsoft and Facebook, among others, are already in on the game. But here’s the real kicker that should get you excited: Apple is getting in on the action, too.

Is This Apple’s Next Big Move?
By now, you may know that my colleague Andy Obermueller has been spot-on with many of his predictions about Apple over the years. He correctly predicted that Apple would develop a mobile payment capability for the iPhone — and first recommended shares of a little-known Apple supplier back in June of 2012. That was more than two years before Apple Pay was announced. Anyone who followed his pick could have made 340% in just three years.

History shows that anytime Apple gets into a new market category, that sector usually explodes with wealth-creating innovation. But just as Apple would have been a nice stock to own back before Apple Pay was announced — it’s really not the play here. It’s the little-known suppliers that make the technological innovation possible that are poised to soar the most.

That’s why Andy has just released a new report that will blow the lid off on the promise of Apple’s foray into virtual reality. It’s called: The #1 Way to Profit from Apple’s Next Big Market Disruption.

If you’re not already a subscriber to Andy’s premium newsletter, Game-Changing Stocks, then I strongly urge you to get your hands on this report. If you follow this link, we’ll give you more details on why Andy and his research team think this is “the next big thing” — including exactly how Apple’s innovations have led to gains of 572%, 731% and more for its smaller suppliers.

If you sign up for a risk-free trial of Andy’s newsletter, we’ll send you the report I just mentioned, which includes all the details needed to get in on the one company that holds all the technology cards in the virtual reality revolution, as well as a host of other special reports. You can go here to learn more.