Meta, Microsoft & Other Tech Giants Form Metaverse Standards Body, Without Apple

In a press release published on their website on June 21, the Metaverse Standards Forum announced their formation and said it is an organization that any company can join for free. Companies wishing to fund projects or monitor the Forum can become a Forum Lead Member.

The Metaverse Standards Forum involves standards development organizations such as the Khronos Group (which hosts the forum) to help create interoperability standards for the metaverse.

Other companies announced as founding members of the Metaverse Standards Forum include Epic Games, NVIDIA, Sony, Unity, Autodesk, Huawei, IKEA, Qualcomm Technologies, Web3D Consortium, the World Wide Web Consortium.

The absence of companies like Apple, Roblox, Snapchat, and Niantic that have formulated metaverse-related products is striking. Apple is poised to become a big name in the metaverse world as well, once the release of its anticipated mixed reality headset takes place.

The headset has not been officially announced, but according to Bloomberg there has reportedly been a preview of Apple executives on the board and is in an advanced stage of development.

Apple’s absence is especially noticeable because in the past it was part of the creation of web standards, such as HTML5 according to Reuters, and helped create the USDZ file format along with Pixar for three-dimensional content in the metaverse.

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