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As Meta aims to become a leader in virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), Apple’s recent entry into the market has sparked curiosity and apprehension. With the official release of Vision Pro, there is speculation about Mark Zuckerberg’s perspective as Meta’s CEO on the competition posed by Apple’s VR headset.
During the general meeting, which was observed by The Verge, Zuckerberg discussed his reaction to the technical features of the Vision Pro. Expressing his curiosity about Apple’s offering, Zuckerberg admitted that he has yet to get to know the Vision Pro in person. He reported that the Meta teams had “already studied” and considered the limitations imposed by laws and physics, implying that Apple’s solutions were not entirely innovative.
He mentioned that the headset’s price was the result of a deliberate “trade-off” to emphasize more expensive technology and demand more computing power. Zuckerberg noted that Apple opted for a higher-resolution display, resulting in a sevenfold increase in cost and power consumption, which ultimately led to the need for a wired connection and battery.
Expanding on his keynote, Meta’s CEO delved into the different philosophies adopted by Apple and Meta, highlighting their differences in values and shared goals. During this discussion, Zuckerberg naturally explored the concept of the metaverse, which notably received no mention during the WWDC keynote.
“Our vision of the metaverse and presence is fundamentally social. Our device also encourages active participation and participation. On the contrary, every demonstration they showed showed a person sitting alone on a couch.”
He emphasized that Meta Quest is designed to develop virtual communities and encourage interaction, emphasizing its role in encouraging interaction. In contrast, the Apple Vision Pro was characterized as a device designed primarily for single use.
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Unlike Meta Quest and Meta Quest Pro, Apple Vision Pro introduces eye and hand gesture control, eliminating the need for controllers. It also has a translucent display and a lighter design. However, these advanced technologies contribute to the higher price: Vision Pro starts at $3,500. By comparison, Meta’s most expensive headset, the Meta Quest Pro, starts at $1,000.