Mar 27, 2017 - Technology

Facebook hires Apple veteran to lead Oculus hardware efforts

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Facebook has hired Michael Hillman, a 15-year Apple veteran, to head hardware efforts for its Oculus division, according to his LinkedIn profile. Hillman will work closely with Oculus COO Hans Hartmann, according to Bloomberg, which first reported the news.

At Apple, Hillman spend more than a decade working on the iMac and other desktop products, according to his LinkedIn profile, giving him extensive experience developing mass consumer products.

Why it matters: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made it clear he views virtual reality as the next important computing platform, and the company is investing heavily in that area. Two months ago, it announced the hiring of Hugo Barra, a former Android executive who spent 3.5 years at Chinese mobile device giant Xiaomi.

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