A few days after the launch of the new Apple glasses, the CEO of Meta is critical of this new product. In statements collected by The Verge, the manager is honest about many aspects of this viewer, from the price, to the philosophy and conception of the product, from various perspectives. One of them, comparing the Meta Quest ecosystem with that of the apple company.
The CEO of Meta, critical of the viewfinder’s conception
According to Zuckerberg, the Meta Quest is based on “interaction in new ways and feeling closer”, and not on “sitting on a sofa”, alluding to the presentation of the Apple Vision Pro, during WWDC. In contrast, he also believes that the Meta Quests consist of “being active and doing things”, as explained in The Verge.
The concept of metaverse is something that has become one of the main definitions of Meta. The possibility of creating a separate world, completely virtual and separated from tangible reality, in which you meet with people, contrasts with the idea of Apple. For the Cupertino company, it is very important not to lose contact with the reality that surrounds us, and “to be more connected than ever”.
Meta’s premise is to create a separate, virtual universe. Apple’s premise is to enrich tangible reality with elements of the virtual world that we can shape to our liking. This has been achieved, thanks in part, to the large amount of technology that has been incorporated into the viewer. However, this technology has made glasses have a Starting price of $3,500. And also that aspect, is the one that Zuckerberg has used to show the benefits of the Meta Quest.
«cost seven times as much, and it requires so much power that you need a battery with a wire attached to it to use them.” “We innovate to make sure our products are accessible and affordable for as many people as possible, and that’s a vital part of what we do. And we’ve sold tens of millions of Quests,” Zuckerberg explains.
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“More importantly, our vision for the metaverse and its presence is fundamentally social. It consists of people interacting in new ways and feeling closer in new ways. Our device also consists of being active and doing things. Instead, every demo they’ve shown consists of a person sitting on a couch. I mean, that this could be the vision of the future of computing, but instead, it is not the one that I want. There is a real philosophical difference in how we approach it. And seeing what they’ve put out there and how they’re going to compete has only made me more excited in many ways, optimistic that what we’re doing matters and it’s going to be successful. And it will be a fun path”, declares the CEO of Meta.
At the moment, Apple has not revealed more details about its glasses. We do not know when they will be released or what models will be available. Zuzkerberg’s company, on the other hand, presented its Meta Quest 3 on June 1, despite the fact that they will not start shipping until the fall of this year. Only time will tell if, in this tangible reality, there is room for both philosophies, one of them, or neither.