Thu. Sep 21st, 2023

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While Apple’s famed Vision Pro headset isn’t for sale, the company will make sure users get plenty of apps to use when they finally get it. The company said today that iPhone and iPad apps will appear on the visionOS App Store on launch day.

This means developers don’t have to do any extra work to port their existing apps. Apple said it will release a developer beta version of visionOS this fall, including the App Store.

“By default, your iPad and/or iPhone apps are automatically published to the App Store on Apple Vision Pro. Most of the frameworks available in iPadOS and iOS are also included in visionOS, which means that almost all iPad and iPhone apps can run on visionOS unmodified. Customers will be able to use your apps on visionOS early next year when Apple Vision Pro becomes available,” the company said in a statement.

Apple announced the Vision Pro headset at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June. Later that month, the company released the Vision Pro SDK to allow developers to play with different elements of visionOS. In July, Apple began accepting developer kit loan requests. The company has also hosted personal development labs for Vision Pro in Cupertino, London, Munich, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.

The Cupertino-based tech giant said that while iPhone and iPad apps automatically appear in the VisionOS App Store, developers can use the SDK to add 3D elements and hand gesture support to make the apps “feel more natural” on the screen. device.

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In a recent interview with Digital Trends, Steve Sinclair, senior director of product marketing at Apple Vision Pro, said the number of SDK downloads “exceeded” the company’s expectations.

However, due to the limited location of developer labs for personal experience and a limited dev kit program, many developers have to work with the simulator most of the time. Sinclair said that in order to have a wide variety of apps that offer different experiences, Apple “has to make it [the Vision Pro] accessible to all our developers.”

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