Beta Version of visionOS App Store to Be Available to Developers This Fall

Apple today announced that it plans to bring the new visionOS App Store to a developer beta release of ‌visionOS‌ this fall. The ‌App Store‌ will include apps and games built for ‌visionOS‌, plus it will offer iPhone and iPad apps that are able to run on the headset.

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By default, ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌ apps will be published automatically on the ‌visionOS‌ ‌App Store‌, as most frameworks in iOS and iPadOS are included in ‌visionOS‌. If an app requires a feature that is not available on Apple Vision Pro, ‌App Store‌ Connect will inform the app developer that it is not compatible and will need updates before it is made available to consumers.

Developers that need to make changes can use the ‌visionOS‌ simulator in the Xcode 15 beta to interact with and test app functionality. Further testing can be done through a compatibility evaluation or at one of Apple's developer labs.

Apple says that almost all ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌ apps will be able to run on the Vision Pro headset as is. Developers who want to make an experience designed specifically for the Vision Pro can do so with the ‌visionOS‌ SDK. Apps that use the ‌visionOS‌ SDK will adopt the standard ‌visionOS‌ system appearance and 3D content tuned for eye and hand input can be included. More information is available on Apple's developer website.

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HobeSoundDarryl Avatar
8 months ago

This reminds me so much how they made fun of iPhone back in 2006/2007. “No one will buy a $600 phone!” “No one I tell you!”
"No one will want this iPad- it's just a big iPod"

"Why would anyone want a phablet-sized phone? Abomination, developer fragmentation, man purses, pants with bigger pockets, one-handed use, etc" (and, ironically, much of the same crowd now ridicules small screen phones whenever someone shares wishes for them).

"Why would anyone want NFC (pay with phone) when the plastic in my pocket works perfectly fine everywhere?" (along comes Apple Pay and some of that crowd was wanting to boycott stores that wouldn't let them pay that way).

There is a rich history of hating a brand new product right up and into the public launch and then some. Look up the original iPod launch thread on this site. The ridicule & contempt is major. The collective chorus screamed absolute failure, sharing some of the very same reasons slung against this thing. And we all know how that turned out.

Right now, there's a sizable crowd STILL ranting against USB-C replacing Lightning but none of them will call Apple out for already implementing USB-C in iPads and Macs for many years now. Apparently, USB-C is perfectly fine where Apple is already using but absolutely dreadful where Apple is not using it yet. (why do I think that AFTER Apple formally adopts it in that product, it will soon be perfectly fine there too?).

I'm now in the window of just about ignoring the pessimistic extremists about Vpro. If it's not for them, that's fine: not everything is for everyone. If they lack the imagination to see the potential, potential will become reality soon enough and maybe some of them will see it quite differently once all it can actually do is revealed... and expanded on by creative apps.

It seems like it's mostly the same 8-10 guys who seem to have a great passion against this product but jump into every single thread about it like they can't resist following it. I expect a few of them to jump into this thread just anytime now. Since they are so, VERY disinterested- seeing "no point" and "solution in search of a problem", etc, I don't know why they waste their time... but I know they'll join the conversation and share the same bashes. Perhaps they think they can save some of the rest of us from making a terrible purchasing mistake??? Our heroes! ;)

Personally, I have no interest in Apple Watch and thus barely ever dive into any Watch threads because I don't want to waste my time talking about a product in which I have no interest. But those 8 or 10 guys seem to not be able to help themselves when it comes to this product.

I see much potential for a product that can effectively present- in a realistic way- pretty much ANYTHING to what are arguably our two most important senses. I can envision all kinds of apps and services that would make that "amazing." However, if it can deliver one, relatively simple thing that was demoed in the WWDC presentation and seems quite doable in a quality way, I'm sold... even if it can do nothing beyond only that single thing.
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Mrkevinfinnerty Avatar
8 months ago
Does it have a calculator app?
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kiensoy Avatar
8 months ago
Developers don't even update their apps to make use of the Dynamic Island in the most popular Apple device, even after one year. I'm wondering how many will develop for Vision Pro.
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vertsix Avatar
8 months ago
visionOS App Store release:

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lazyrighteye Avatar
8 months ago
I have so many questions about Vision Pro, the main one being... How Pro is Pro?
Are we talking Mac Pro or iPad Pro? As we know, those Pros can be very different. One is a tool capable of the highest-end video editing, multitrack audio, 3-D animation and motion graphics (amongst other things). These tools can be found in professional studios that bill clients, win awards and pay mortgages. The other is a really nice (and big) iPad. I'm curious where Vision Pro falls on Apple's Pro scale. Time will tell?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mrkevinfinnerty Avatar
8 months ago
Big money awaits the first person to port iBeer to this thing

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