While Meta fights to lead the sector of the virtual and augmented realityApple’s recent foray into the market has generated curiosity and suspicion. With the official announcement of its Vision Pro headset, speculation arose about Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s view of the competition from Apple’s mixed reality headsets.
During an all-management meeting observed by The Verge, Zuckerberg discussed his response to the Vision Pro’s technical features. Expressing curiosity about Apple’s offering, Zuckerberg acknowledged that he had yet to experience the Vision Pro firsthand. He revealed that Meta teams “had already explored” and contemplated the limitations of law and physics, hinting that Apple’s solutions were not entirely innovative.
He mentioned that the price of the headphones was the result of a deliberate “design compromise” aimed at emphasizing more expensive technology and demanding higher computing capabilities. Zuckerberg noted that Apple opted for a higher-resolution screen, which increased costs and power consumption sevenfold, and ultimately required a wired connection and battery.
The Meta CEO elaborated on his comments on the divergent philosophical perspectives of Apple and Meta, highlighting the differences in their overall values and goals. During the debate, Zuckerberg explored the metaverse conceptwhich was not mentioned at the recent Apple Worldwide Developers Conference.
“Our view of the metaverse and presence is fundamentally social. Our device also encourages active engagement and participation. In contrast, every demo they presented featured an individual sitting alone on a couch.”
He stressed that Meta Quest is designed to foster virtual communities and encourage interaction, emphasizing its role in promoting engagement. Instead, Apple’s Vision Pro was characterized as a device primarily intended for solitary use.
Unlike Meta Quest and Meta Quest Pro, Apple’s Vision Pro introduces control through eye movements and hand gestures, eliminating the need for controllers. It also features a translucent screen and a lighter design. However, these advanced technologies come at a higher price, as the Vision Pro starts at USD 3,500. Meta’s most expensive headset, the Meta Quest Pro, starts at $1,000.
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