Decentraland (MANA) is currently ahead of the rest of the crypto market after seeing almost double-digit gains in the last day. This incredible recovery comes at a time when the broader crypto market is following in the steps of Bitcoin and shedding most of its first quarter’s gains. So what could be driving the price increase of MANA?
Rumors Of Apple Metaverse Circulate
The rumors about Apple’s very own metaverse first started circulating on Monday when a Twitter user made a post about it. In the tweet, Idi Wertheimer pointed to the fact that tech giant Apple was allegedly launching its own mixed-reality headset. As a result, Wertheimer believes that metaverse coins are going to start pumping based on this news.
CT is completely oblivious to the fact that Apple is about to launch a mixed reality headset in 3 weeks
Metaverse shitcoins are going to pump so hard it’s not even funny
But you morons keep buying influencer coins
— Udi Wertheimer 🧙♂️ (@udiWertheimer) May 15, 2023
Rumors about Apple working on its own metaverse didn’t just start now as it has since been speculated that the company would build one to compete with Meta’s (formerly Facebook) Oculus series. However, Apple has never confirmed nor denied if it was working on its own metaverse.
Research on our end turned up an article from a website called Tom’s Guide which points toward the tech giant’s plans to enter the virtual and augmented reality space. But instead of the anticipated Apple Glasses, the article refers to an entirely new device which is rumored to be called ‘Reality Pro’.
While Apple fans have waited long for a launch of VR/AR devices, venturing into the sector hasn’t been backed internally from all indications. Previously, executives reportedly vetoed the design team which believed that the device is not yet ready for launch. But it remains to be seen if the company will follow through and launch the device
MANA price rises above $0.5 | Source: MANAUSD on TradingView.com
Decentraland (MANA) Picks Up Steam
With the rumors of Apple launching its own metaverse picking, the price of MANA, one of the largest metaverse projects in the crypto space, has been seeing positive reversals. Despite the low momentum in the market, MANA has been able to rise over 9% in the past day. This recovery has brought the MANA price back above $0.5 and its trading volume surged to $161.4 million during this time as well.
MANA leads crypto market gains | Source: Coinmarketcap
MANA is not the only token to have benefited from the Apple rumors. Another metaverse token The Sandbox (SAND) has been on the rise as well. SAND is up 3.98% in the last 24 hours, enabling it to beat the resistance at the $5.2 level.
It is rumored that Apple’s device will drop at the WWDC 2023 event held later this year. If this happened, then the price of metaverse coins could explode leading up to the event, as well as after it.