Unsurprisingly, Apple isn’t a founding member of a new “metaverse” standards body that includes Meta, Microsoft, Sony, Epic Games, Nvidia, Adobe, IKEA, Huawei, and other big players in the digital world. Once again, the Cupertino company will go it alone.
Apple does not believe in the metaverse
Announced in a press release, “The Metaverse Standards Forum brings together companies and standards bodies to drive alignment with Metaverse interoperability standards requirements and priorities, and accelerate their development and deployment through projects pragmatic and action-based.”
The organization seeks to enable communication between a wide range of organizations and businesses to give the Metaverse “real-world interoperability” and help different visions of the Metaverse work with each other.
Among the 35 founding members including 0xSenses, Academy Software Foundation, Adobe, Alibaba, Autodesk, Avataar, Blackshark. ai, CalConnect, Cesium, Daly Realism, Disguise, Enosema Foundation, Epic Games, Express Language Foundation, Huawei, IKEA, John Peddie Research, Khronos, Lamina1, Maxon, Meta, Microsoft, NVIDIA, OpenAR Cloud, Open Geospatial Consortium, Otoy, Perey Research and Consulting, Qualcomm Technologies, Ribose, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Spatial Web Foundation, Unity, VerseMaker, Wayfair, the Web3D Consortium, the World Wide Web (W3C) Consortium, and the XR Association.
Apple is therefore conspicuously absent from the list of members, despite its heavy investments and continuous work on multiple devices in the field of augmented reality and virtual reality such as the VR headset and the upcoming Apple Glass. The Californian manufacturer has been heavily involved in the creation of standards in the past, such as HTML5 for the web. She created the Thunderbolt standard with Intel and the “USDZ” file format for three-dimensional content with Pixar and Adobe. More recently, Apple touted its participation in the development of Matter at WWDC 2022, a new open standard for smart home accessories.
Gaming companies Roblox and Niantic, as well as crypto-based metaverse platforms like The Sandbox and Decentraland, are also absent from the game. Metaverse Standards Forum. But nothing is set in stone, the forum is open to any organization free of charge, so Apple and others may join in the future.