A Metaverse Standards Forum has been founded and Apple is not included on the list of founding members. The list does include big names in the technology business, including Meta, Microsoft, Sony, Epic Games, Nvidia, Adobe, and others.
Announced in a press release (Via Reuters), “the Metaverse Standards Forum brings together companies and standards organizations to foster alignment on requirements and priorities for metaverse interoperability standards, and accelerate their development and deployment through pragmatic, action-based projects.” The organization seeks to enable communication between a wide range of organizations and companies to give the metaverse “real-world interoperability” and help different visions of the metaverse work with each other.
Founding members include 0xSenses, Academy Software Foundation, Adobe, Alibaba, Autodesk, Avataar, Blackshark.ai, CalConnect, Cesium, Daly Realism, Disguise, the Enosema Foundation, Epic Games, the Express Language Foundation, Huawei, IKEA, John Peddie Research, Khronos, Lamina1, Maxon, Meta, Microsoft, NVIDIA, OpenAR Cloud, the 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 Consortium (W3C), and the XR Association.
Apple is perhaps the most noticeable omission from the list of members, despite its having been heavily involved in creating standards in the past, including HTML5 for the web. Apple developed Thunderbolt with Intel. Most recently, Apple was involved in developing Matter, a new open standard for smart home accessories.
The forum is open to any organization at no cost, so Apple and others could join the group in the future.