Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, one of the world’s largest social media platforms, answered YouTuber Marques Brownlee’s questions. Speaking about the future of AR & VR technologies, the CEO said that with this technology, smartphones will come to an end.
Apple’s new event and Sony’s PlayStation 5 announcement were the most important technology events this week. Speaking of the features of the new Apple Watch, the iPhone 12 processor, the iOS 14 release, and the PlayStation 5 pre-order, we may have missed another exciting development in the tech world. Popular YouTuber Marques Brownlee had an interview with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and the two spoke on technological issues for 15 minutes.
When we think of Facebook and Zuckerberg, the first things that come to mind are user privacy and mismanagement of personal data, election manipulation and suspicious business practices. However, during the interview, Brownlee focused directly on the future of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).
‘Virtual reality technologies will convince the mind you’re elsewhere’
Earlier leaks revealed that Apple was working on its own AR glasses. In the first place, these devices will be paired with an iPhone and will be able to connect to the device wirelessly, just like Apple Watch. However, Apple needs to develop this technology right away, as future versions of AR glasses can work without the need for a smartphone.
If a wearable device that looks like a regular pair of glasses is powerful enough to project any hologram in front of your eyes, you probably won’t need a physical display in your pocket to look at the screen and interact with apps. So, iPhones could one day be a screenless device that you carry on your face or in your pocket.
This is exactly what Zuckerberg has designed for the future of AR glasses, and he wants to direct his AR & VR efforts in this direction. Telling Brownlee that the world has big and new technology platforms every 15 years, the CEO underlined that each of these platforms promises a more immersive experience.
AR and VR devices will offer users much more immersive new experiences than the “screen centric” experiences currently available. “With phones, tablets, and televisions, you are convincing your brain that you are elsewhere,” Zuckerberg said. These devices will be able to reflect people and objects in real time and even encompass other senses, including sound and touch.
According to Zuckerberg, virtual reality technologies will bring the end of iPhones:
This is exactly the technology that will end smartphones in the future, according to the famous billionaire, but like Zuckerberg, Apple may have similar thoughts. For this reason, the company wants to remove its AR glasses before rivals show up with more exciting designs.
Although the Facebook CEO did not directly attack Apple during the interview, he preferred to do so passively aggressively. Acknowledging that Apple and other companies can work on AR devices, the CEO emphasized that nobody has invested as much as Facebook.
Zuckerberg, who also appeared at Samsung’s promotional event in recent years, clearly stated that he instructed Facebook administrators to use Android, not iPhone like everyone else. The company also expressed concern about the changes Apple made in iOS 14 in terms of privacy and user tracking.
For those who don’t know, with iOS 14, Apple will ask users if they want the app or websites to follow them when they open an app for the first time. Thus, monitoring user data will be out of the initiative of companies.