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Meta and other tech giants form metaverse standards body, without Apple
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: June 22, 2022 09:33AM
Meta and other tech giants form metaverse standards body, without Apple
[www.reuters.com]

June 21 (Reuters) - Meta (META.O), Microsoft (MSFT.O) and other tech giants racing to build the emerging metaverse concept have formed a group to foster development of industry standards that would make the companies' nascent digital worlds compatible with each other.

Participants in the Metaverse Standards Forum include many of the biggest companies working in the space, from chip makers to gaming companies, as well as established standards-setting bodies like the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the group said in an statement announcing its creation on Tuesday.

Conspicuously missing from the member list for now however is Apple (AAPL.O), which analysts expect to become a dominant player in the metaverse race once it introduces a mixed reality headset this year or next. read more

Gaming companies Roblox and Niantic also were not included among the forum's participants, nor were emerging crypto-based metaverse platforms like The Sandbox or Decentraland.

Apple has not yet publicly acknowledged plans for a headset, although it has reportedly given its board a sneak peek of the product, according to Bloomberg. It did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the new metaverse forum.

Introducing such a device would put Apple in direct competition with Meta, which has staked its future on the growth of the metaverse and invested heavily in hardware to make its vision of interconnected virtual worlds a reality.

Meta, known as Facebook until it changed its name as part of its metaverse pivot last year, has disclosed plans for a mixed-reality headset code-named "Cambria" to be released this year.

Apple has been heavily involved in creating web standards such as HTML5 in the past. For three-dimensional content in the metaverse, Apple worked with Pixar on the "USDZ" file format and with Adobe to ensure it supported the format.

Neil Trevett, an executive at chip maker Nvidia who is chairing the Metaverse Standards Forum, said in a statement to Reuters that any company is welcome to join the group, including participants from the crypto world.

The forum aims to facilitate communication between a variety of standards organizations and companies to bring about "real-world interoperability" in the metaverse, he said, without addressing how Apple's absence would affect that goal.
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Re: Meta and other tech giants form metaverse standards body, without Apple
Posted by: PeterW
Date: June 22, 2022 10:19AM
I guess Apple is doomed again. Or should that be DOOMED?
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Re: Meta and other tech giants form metaverse standards body, without Apple
Posted by: chopper
Date: June 22, 2022 10:23AM
When Steve said Flash was a "bag of hurt" it was the very first time anyone suggested that it wasn't a bunch of roses.
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Re: Meta and other tech giants form metaverse standards body, without Apple
Posted by: mikebw
Date: June 22, 2022 10:33AM
I get the feeling that Apple will wait for metaverse, then do it their own way.
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Re: Meta and other tech giants form metaverse standards body, without Apple
Posted by: vision63
Date: June 22, 2022 11:11AM
Like a bunch of gangsters sitting around a table dividing up the city.
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Re: Meta and other tech giants form metaverse standards body, without Apple
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: June 22, 2022 05:44PM
source CNBC
[www.cnbc.com]
+Apple CEO Tim Cook recently gave the closest thing to a confirmation that Apple’s building a headset.
+“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities we’ve seen in this space. And sort of stay tuned and you’ll see what we have to offer,” he said.
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Re: Meta and other tech giants form metaverse standards body, without Apple
Posted by: Tiangou
Date: June 22, 2022 06:20PM
Zuckerberg finally figured out that nobody wants a VR environment that's just built on social media and shopping.

It's all about gaming.

...Apple seems focused on AR, not VR. It will be interesting to see how that shakes out.



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Re: Meta and other tech giants form metaverse standards body, without Apple
Posted by: onthedownlow
Date: June 23, 2022 12:18AM
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chopper
When Steve said Flash was a "bag of hurt" it was the very first time anyone suggested that it wasn't a bunch of roses.

I thought he said that about Blu-Ray? But it easily could have been applied to Flash, as well.



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Re: Meta and other tech giants form metaverse standards body, without Apple
Posted by: mikebw
Date: June 23, 2022 08:43AM
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onthedownlow
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chopper
When Steve said Flash was a "bag of hurt" it was the very first time anyone suggested that it wasn't a bunch of roses.

I thought he said that about Blu-Ray? But it easily could have been applied to Flash, as well.

Yes it was definitely Blu-Ray, although in my experience Flash has been the much larger and more painful bag.
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Re: Meta and other tech giants form metaverse standards body, without Apple
Posted by: chopper
Date: June 23, 2022 01:32PM
Re: Meta and other tech giants form metaverse standards body, without Apple
Posted by: chopper
Date: June 23, 2022 01:38PM
Unrelated ... Somewhere there is a recording and transcript of Steve meeting, in maybe 2000, with many of the Apple repair shops. It seems to have been wiped from the internet. I think it set an unofficial record for the number of time Steve used the F word in a meeting. Ric at Macintouch published it but had to take it down after an Apple C&D.
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