Zuckerberg said that the XR platform from Meta would replace Windows and Android.
The CEO of Meta, Mark Zuckerberg, told The Verge that Meta and Apple are about to start an “intense, philosophical competition” that will shape the future of the Internet.
Apple and Meta plan to put a lot of money into mixed reality over the next ten years, but they have different ideas about how the AR/VR/XR landscape should look.
The Verge got a recording of an all-hands meeting at Meta, where Zuckerberg gave a very detailed answer to an employee’s question about how the company would compete with Apple in the future. His comments show how at least Meta sees the competition.
Zuckerberg stated, “It’s quite obvious that Apple will be a rival for us in terms of both products and ideas.” “We are adopting an open strategy and attempting to create a more open ecology.” According to him, Meta and other corporations, such as Microsoft, founded the Metaverse Open Standards Group to enable the usage of assets in multiple virtual worlds. Zuckerberg stated, “I don’t find Apple’s decision not to join unexpected.”
He went on to say that this is a competition of ideas and philosophies. They think that if they do everything themselves and work closely together, they can give customers a better experience. And we believe a lot can be done to help companies specialise, which will make it possible for a much bigger ecosystem to exist.
I find it interesting that it’s not clear right away whether an open ecosystem or a closed ecosystem will be better. If you think back to PCs, it’s clear that Windows was the one that was used by most people and had the most users. And Mac did well, but I think PC and Windows were the best ecosystems in that world.
I would say the opposite is true on mobile. There are more Android devices than iOS devices. Still, I think that in developed countries and high-end places like the US or Western Europe, where many culture-setters and developers live, there are many more iPhone and iOS devices than Android devices. So, I’d say that Apple has made a good name for itself in the mobile market, which is why they’re the most valuable company in the world, or at least one of the most valuable companies in the world.
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, and Mark Zuckerberg
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, and Mark Zuckerberg have said that they think augmented reality, virtual reality, or a combination of the two will be the next big computing platform after desktop and mobile.
And Zuckerberg’s comments show that, even though Apple is likely to keep using the same closed ecosystem with the Mac (desktop) and iPhone (mobile), he thinks that Meta will play the role of a Windows or Android for mixed reality.
He ended his speech by saying, “Apple will be a competitor.” That is, I believe, self-evident, yet it is a formidable rival. They not only have a device that has more features than we do. It’s a serious philosophical debate over where the Internet should go. I’m happy about our efforts in the open metaverse, hopefully making the next generation of computers a little more comfortable.
But he also said, “I just don’t think that the metaverse’s future is written here yet.” He admitted that he doesn’t know if the strategy he’s betting his whole company on is the right one.
Analysts and leaks say that Apple is almost ready to release its first mixed reality headset. This device combines AR and VR and will be based on the company’s recent advances in chip design. It will be sold at a premium, and Apple plans to release an AR headset in the next few years.
Because Meta purchased Oculus and created the well-known Quest headset, it already controls a substantial portion of the VR industry. Additionally, Meta intends to introduce a mixed reality headset shortly. Future releases of augmented reality glasses are also planned.