Apple Vision Pro optimized for third-party apps to include Zoom, Microsoft 365 apps and more: Report


Apple is preparing to launch its Vision Pro mixed reality headset, with pre-orders for the device live now in the US. The ambitious product, which Apple calls a “spatial computer,” will be the company's first new hardware category in nearly a decade. Apple claims to cater to the productivity, entertainment and gaming needs of Vision Pro users, offering over a million apps to make the device more attractive. However, ahead of the February 2 launch, major streaming apps like Netflix, YouTube, and Spotify have opted to abandon the new platform. But the Vision Pro will have no shortage of apps at launch. Apple has reportedly received submissions from developers for about 250 apps with native support for VisionOS.

According to a report by MacRumors, citing data compiled by AppFigures, popular third-party apps like Airmail, Box, Carrot Weather, Fantastical, Facades, Jigspace, and Mubi will support VisionOS natively when the Vision Pro launches. Other supported apps include Night Sky, OmniPlan 4, Parcel, PClk, Red Bull TV, Sky Guide, Tides, Webex, Zoom, and more.

Additionally, the developers are sharing some apps that will be available and optimized for the Vision Pro at launch. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith and X user @M1Astra posted images and videos of several apps running VisionOS on Mastodon. x, respectively. According to the report, Microsoft's suite of apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Teams will run natively on VisionOS. His post also shows VisionOS-supported apps like Lego Builder's Journey, Art Universe, Culon, J.Crew, Lowe's, and more.

Third-party customized apps will come on top of Apple's natively supported apps that will come pre-installed on the mixed reality headset. These reportedly include the App Store, Files, Freeform, Mail, Messages, Music, Notes, Photos, Safari, Apple TV, and more. Additionally, the Vision Pro will come with a bunch of unoptimized apps pre-installed, including Podcasts, Books, Shortcuts, Reminders, and more.

Keep in mind, apps available on iPad and iPhone will automatically be available to download on Vision Pro as well, unless the developer chooses to make their app available on VisionOS. Major streamers like Netflix, Spotify, and YouTube have done just that.

Last week, it was reported that Netflix would not be offering a standalone app on the Vision Pro, dealing a blow to Apple's entertainment offering on the new headset. The Netflix app is available on iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS operating systems, but the streamer has opted to bring its app to VisionOS. However, users can access the Netflix website through a web browser on the Vision Pro to stream content.

Popular video-content platform YouTube and audio streaming giant Spotify also followed suit, reportedly confirming that they have no plans to launch dedicated apps on VisionOS. The iPad versions of both apps won't be available on Apple's latest platforms either.

However, Apple has confirmed a number of streaming and entertainment features that will run on VisionOS when the Vision Pro launches on February 2. According to the company's newsroom post, apps from streaming services like Disney+, ESPN, NBA, MLB, PGA Tour, Max, Discovery+, Amazon Prime Video, Paramount+, Peacock, Pluto TV, Tubi, Fubo, Crunchyroll, Red Bull TV , IMAX, TikTok and Mubi will be available to download on the headset.

Apple unveiled its first mixed reality headset, the Apple Vision Pro, at its annual developer conference along with new Mac models and upcoming software updates. We discuss all the most important announcements made by the company at WWDC 2023 on the Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, and wherever you get your podcasts.
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