Apple Gearing Up for Launch of Vision Pro Developer Kits

Apple is gearing up to provide developers with resources to create apps and experiences for the Apple Vision Pro headset, and yesterday, the company pushed out new backend assets for the Vision Pro.

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Code for updating the battery pack that powers the Vision Pro has been introduced, along with other visionOS assets needed for test versions of the device. Apple appears to have three different model numbers for Vision Pro batteries, including A2781, A2988, and A2697. It is not clear why there are three separate numbers when Apple has only announced two-hour battery life for the device, but there could be multiple battery packs in development or there could be additional battery options that will be used solely in Apple Stores for testing.

The code additions come ahead of when Apple plans to introduce development kits to select developers. Apple on its developer website says that it plans to introduce ‌Apple Vision Pro‌ developer kits and other developer tools starting in July, and there are less than two weeks left in the month.

Developer kits will help developers bring their creations to life directly on Vision Pro, according to Apple, providing the tools to quickly build, iterate, and test apps. Developers will be able to apply to get a kit.

Apple last offered a developer kit ahead of the launch of Apple silicon chips in 2020. Apple provided developers with a Mac mini that had an A-series chip so that developers could transition from Intel to Apple silicon. The ‌Mac mini‌ machines were priced at $500, and the Apple Developer Kits will also likely require a payment from developers.

Along with ‌‌Apple Vision Pro‌‌ developer kits, Apple says that it will offer ‌‌Apple Vision Pro‌‌ compatibility evaluations for existing apps and opportunities for developers to visit a Vision Pro developer lab that provides demonstrations of ‌‌visionOS‌‌, iPadOS, and iOS apps running on the headset. Labs will be available in Cupertino, London, Munich, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo.

Apple previously released the first visionOS beta in June, and Unity earlier this week released beta versions of Vision Pro game development tools. Apple is partnering with Unity on the "PolySpatial" development platform for ‌visionOS‌ that will allow developers to create and port 3D experiences to the Vision Pro headset.

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Top Rated Comments

FipsAlfredsson Avatar
13 months ago
I am a bit astonished at the negative views here on that groundbreaking device.

This is going to be a game changer. Instead of a virtual reality a la Meta that nobody wants this thing augments the real world. The possibilities are immense.

For example, I am a scientist and this instrument offers unprecedented research possibilities. So much so that I am writing grants to get funding to buy some and hire developers. From research perspective, this headset is a steal in terms of costs.

Imagine using something like in people that have cognitive deficits. An advanced lighter and more portable version of this could help people in various ways in their daily lives.

After a couple of years there will be consumer prices versions of this that are really portable. And even at a 1500 dollars price point, I believe it would be a good price. If you don’t want a computer monitor this might be the best screen you could buy.

My prediction is that in a decade it will be a commonplace gadget. And it will not be long that Samsung et al jump ok the bandwagon.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macsplusmacs Avatar
13 months ago

That image certainly shows how for some people you need to tie up your hair to wear a Vision pro.
I'll just shave my head.

No fuss. No muss!
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
13 months ago

It looks huge in that picture. Reminds me of the 1st chunky iPad that went very slim on the 2nd generation. I hope they get it much smaller and lighter for next gen.
It’s going to look immense!

Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kiensoy Avatar
13 months ago
It looks huge in that picture. Reminds me of the 1st chunky iPad that went very slim on the 2nd generation. I hope they get it much smaller and lighter for next gen.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FipsAlfredsson Avatar
13 months ago

The benefit will be immersion and memories.

For many people, simply being able to relive a key event like say, their child's birthday, would be reason enough to get one. You are getting a degree of realism not possible with photos or even professionally-produced footage.

I agree. This headset seems to be exceptionally good at eye tracking, so much so that it can replace commercial eye trackers people use in labs, which require people to sit on a chair in the best case, and in the worst case being on a chair AND putting their head on a chinrest during the entire experience. These instruments cost way more than one AVP.

And thanks to this feature, the system is capable of recording in 3D mind you what you are presently looking at. I don't think that anything like this is available in another product at this price point, or at all.

Focusing on what the system yet is not seems to ignore the framework it introduces. The first iPHone was very limited, but the framework was the grounbreaking aspect -- a device the size of a cell phone ONLY consisting of a touch screen and showing a clever interface to use fingers to interact with something like this in a completely novel way. I think this was one of the major conceptual aspects that made it back then clear to me this will be the future. I have the same feeling now about the AVP. The framework is exceptional -- control with you eyes and your hands, not huge controllers, and working with the real world at the same time. Size, weight, battery life, etc etc, these are all peripheral problems that will be solved over time. What counts is the concept, and that is just again very clever.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
swamusic Avatar
13 months ago
Compared to the Valve Index, this is thin and will only get thinner over time. Very much looking forward to replacing all my monitors with this.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)