Meta might flip to Magic Leap for assist to remain forward of Apple and different new entrants within the soon-to-be crowded AR area. In accordance with the , the 2 firms are in talks to signal a multi-year IP licensing and manufacturing pact. Particulars on the negotiations are few, however in keeping with the outlet’s sources, a possible partnership just isn’t anticipated to supply a collectively developed headset. As an alternative, a deal might see Magic Leap present Meta with entry to a few of its optical tech. The partnership might additionally see the startup help with manufacturing Meta units, thereby permitting the tech large to supply extra of its VR headsets domestically at a time when there’s extra strain for US firms to reduce their dependence on China.
Meta didn’t instantly reply to Engadget’s remark request. Magic Leap informed the Monetary Occasions partnerships have been turning into a “vital line of enterprise and rising alternative for Magic Leap.” Moreover, in a weblog publish titled “,” CEO Peggy Johnson mentioned late final 12 months the corporate had “acquired an unimaginable quantity of curiosity from throughout the trade to license our IP and make the most of our patented manufacturing course of to supply optics for others in search of to launch their very own mixed-reality know-how.”
The timing of the report is notable for a few causes. Meta is underneath strain from buyers to point out one thing for all the cash it has spent pursuing CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s imaginative and prescient for the way forward for computing. The corporate doesn’t anticipate to make a revenue from all of its metaverse initiatives for an additional few years. On the identical time, it’s on its Actuality Labs division. Individually, Apple is broadly anticipated to enter the AR headset market subsequent month when the corporate holds its WWDC developer convention.