What you need to know
- Mark Zuckerberg was recently on the Information 411 podcast.
- The Facebook CEO talked about the company's VR ambitions and criticized companies like Apple for their approach.
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, bashed against Apple in everything but name during a recent podcast interview.
As reported by The Information (opens in new tab) (via 9to5Mac), in an interview on the Information 411 podcast, Zuckerberg answered questions around AR and VR, and where he thinks Facebook will play a role in that space. He also, when asked about Facebook's aim to build its own experiences from the "ground up" rather than incorporating them into the App Store or Google Play Store, railed against the limitations of the App Store without using Apple by name.
Zuckerberg also downplayed companies that planned to release headsets over $1000. Apple's VR headset is currently rumored to cost as much as $3000.
Apple's AR headset is rumored to use pass-through technology, which will use external cameras to display the world around you on the internal screen. Zuckerberg downplayed the validity of this approach as well.
If you're not planning on waiting for Facebook's or Apple's VR headset, check out our list of the Best VR Headsets for iMac in 2021.
Apple and Facebook's relationship has been very strained lately. In addition to launching an attack campaign against Apple new privacy protections, Zuckerberg reportedly told Facebook employees that the company needed to "inflict pain" on Apple after Tim Cook publicly scolded Facebook's data collection tactics.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
Seems sort of paranoid if you are concerned about something that doesn't exist (yet). But as they say, is it really paranoid if you've a right to be concerned? ;)
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