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Don't expect Apple to follow others into the metaverse. According to the latest newsletter from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple has rejected the idea of a metaverse (in this case, an all-virtual world) for its long-rumored mixed reality headset. The very idea is « off limits, » Gurman's sources claimed. The focus would be on short stints of communication, content viewing and gaming. Past rumors have hinted headset could debut as soon as this year, although its specs and target audience aren't certain.


Apple reportedly wants nothing to do with Zuck's metaverse

Mashable

The metaverse, a VR playground Mark Zuckerberg is forcing down everyone's throats, might threaten to consume us all over the next few years. However, it seems Apple CEO Tim Cook isn't buying what Zuck is selling yet. That's if Bloomberg's Mark Gurman is to be believed, anyway. Gurman wrote in his weekly Power On newsletter that Apple won't participate in the metaverse zeitgeist, most recently accelerated by Meta, even with plans to release its own mixed reality headset possibly as soon as this year. The excerpt in question is in the subscribers-only section of the newsletter, but Gurman shared it for everyone on Twitter.


The Morning After: So what is the metaverse?

Engadget

So what is the metaverse? The big tech news last week was that Facebook -- the company -- is renaming itself Meta, which will apparently align it with its future goals and aims. But what does it even mean? Meta's take on the metaverse is "a new phase of interconnected virtual experiences using technologies like virtual and augmented reality." Other things that have been described as metaverse include: Snow Crash (where the term originates), Ready Player One, Second Life, The Matrix universe.


The Metaverse Will Be a Multi-Platform Mess

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Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg promises a unified metaverse, a seamless expanse of online 3D realms that work together regardless of what company built them. But if current tech industry trends are any indication, the future will instead be a multitude of fragmented digital domains, each its own separate shard of the metaverse experience. Different companies have different ideas for what the metaverse should be. Apple's iPhone, Tencent's WeChat and Meta's own Facebook all demonstrate that controlling a technology platform means you can charge rent. Want to sell an iPhone app?


The Metaverse Will Be a Multi-Platform Mess

#artificialintelligence

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg promises a unified metaverse, a seamless expanse of online 3D realms that work together regardless of what company built them. But if current tech industry trends are any indication, the future will instead be a multitude of fragmented digital domains, each its own separate shard of the metaverse experience. Different companies have different ideas for what the metaverse should be. Apple's iPhone, Tencent's WeChat and Meta's own Facebook all demonstrate that controlling a technology platform means you can charge rent. Want to sell an iPhone app?