Mark Zuckerberg unimpressed with Apple Vision Pro, says it’s already been explored.
Meta is currently leading the way in virtual and augmented reality, but Apple’s recent entry into the market has caused curiosity and anxiety. The announcement of Apple’s Vision Pro headset has led to speculation about Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s view of the competition posed by Apple’s mixed reality headset.
Zuckerberg discussed his response to the technical features of the Vision Pro during an all-hands meeting observed by The Verge. He expressed his curiosity about Apple’s offering, but acknowledged that he had yet to experience the Vision Pro firsthand. Zuckerberg revealed that Meta’s teams had already explored and considered the constraints of laws and physics, implying that Apple’s solutions were not entirely groundbreaking.
Zuckerberg explained that the headset’s pricing resulted from a deliberate “design trade-off” aimed at emphasizing more expensive technology and demanding increased computational capabilities. Apple opted for a higher resolution display, leading to a sevenfold increase in costs and energy consumption, ultimately necessitating a wired connection and battery.
Zuckerberg delved into the divergent philosophical outlooks embraced by Apple and Meta, emphasizing the differences in their values and overarching goals. He explored the concept of the metaverse, which did not receive any mention during Apple’s recent Worldwide Developers Conference.
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“Our vision for the metaverse and presence is fundamentally social. Our device also encourages active engagement and participation. In contrast, every demo they showcased featured an individual sitting alone on a couch.”
Zuckerberg highlighted that Meta Quest is designed to foster virtual communities and encourage interaction, emphasizing its role in promoting engagement. In contrast, Apple’s Vision Pro was characterized as a device primarily intended for solitary use.
Apple’s Vision Pro introduces control through eye movements and hand gestures, eliminating the requirement for controllers. It also features a translucent display and a lighter design. However, these advanced technologies contribute to a higher price point, with the Vision Pro starting at $3,500. Meta’s most expensive headset, the Meta Quest Pro, starts at $1,000.