Even though Apple’s renowned Vision Pro headset is not yet available for purchase, the company is working hard to ensure that consumers will have access to a wide variety of apps whenever the headset is released. The company announced today that iPhone and iPad applications will be available on the App Store for VisionOS on the day the store opens for business.
This eliminates the need for developers to perform any more work in order to port their existing applications. Apple has stated that it will release a developer beta version of VisionOS in the autumn of this year. This version will include the App Store.
“Apple Vision Pro will publish your iPad and/or iPhone applications to the App Store automatically if you leave the default settings alone,” The majority of frameworks that are available in iPadOS and iOS are also present in VisionOS. This means that practically all iPad and iPhone applications can operate on VisionOS without requiring any changes to their code. “When Apple Vision Pro is made available to customers in the first few months of 2019, they will be able to use the apps that you develop for VisionOS,” the company stated in a post.
At the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June, Apple presented the Vision Pro headset to the public for the first time. In the latter part of that month, the company launched the Vision Pro Software Development Kit (SDK), which allowed developers to experiment with a variety of VisionOS components. Apple started accepting applications for the loan of a development kit in July, when they first started the process. The company has also held in-person developer labs for Vision Pro in Cupertino, London, Munich, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo.
The Cupertino-based technology company stated that while apps for the iPhone and iPad would automatically appear on the VisionOS App Store, developers may use the SDK to add 3D components and support for hand movements to make the apps “feel more natural” on the device. The apps will also appear on the VisionOS App Store. Check out the Guide on How to set up and use the Vision Pro for work, gaming and streaming.
Steve Sinclair, senior director of product marketing for Apple Vision Pro, stated in a recent interview with Digital Trends that the number of software development kit (SDK) downloads had “exceeded” the expectations that the business had for them.
However, a large number of developers are required to work with the simulator for the majority of their projects due to the restricted availability of development kits and the restricted locations of developer labs that provide in-person experience. Sinclair stated that in order for Apple to have a large number of apps that provide a unique experience, the company will “need to make [the Vision Pro] accessible to every single one of our developers.”