Apple Expands Vision Pro Test Labs to New York City and Sydney

Apple today announced that it is expanding its Vision Pro developer labs to New York City, New York and Sydney, Australia to give developers additional locations where the new headset can be tested with their apps.

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Vision Pro developer labs first launched in August, giving developers a chance to try out the Vision Pro headsets to refine visionOS apps ahead of when the device launches next year.

The first Vision Pro developer labs were limited to Cupertino, London, Munich, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo, meaning some developers had to travel long distances if they wanted to be able to try the Vision Pro in person. Apple was criticized for only offering one Vision Pro test spot in the United States, for example, as people from the east coast were required to travel all the way to Cupertino.

With a Vision Pro developer lab now in New York, developers on the east coast of the United States will not need to travel as far, nor will developers in Australia. Any developer can apply to attend a Vision Pro lab, but Apple is not reimbursing for travel.

At the Vision Pro developer labs, developers are provided with hands-on time with the Vision Pro headset as well as help from Apple engineers. The labs provide opportunities for testing and optimization for ‌visionOS‌ apps.

Apple has also sent Vision Pro developer kits to some developers, but the developer kits are available in limited quantities and Apple is prioritizing apps that best take advantage of the Vision Pro features and capabilities.

Developers still have several months to work on ‌visionOS‌ apps before the headset launches, as it is set to come out in early 2024 in the United States.

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moxxham Avatar
9 months ago

What features are you so excited about?

If you have some loose change, I can PM you my paypal?
Photo editing, hopefully with the ability to remotely connect to my Mac Studio from any room in the house if I need more power. Video editing in the same way, but with the ability to have multiple docs/apps up at the same time to reference without needing multiple monitors.
Experimenting with 3D content creation as a future content option for my clients and seeing how it could work it’s way into our business.

On top of that, large scale movies look fantastic and I’m interested to see how games develop. I had a PSVR, and it was good, but resolution/clarity wasn’t great.

Wanting to build a new house also, I am extremely excited at the potential to create a custom house plan and then view it in VR. I am confident that would be possible at some point not too far in the future.

I think Vision Pro has a bright future.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
moxxham Avatar
9 months ago
I hope this is a good sign for an Australian release date in 2024, and not 2025 or later. Vision Pro is probably the most excited I’ve ever been for an Apple product.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
surfzen21 Avatar
9 months ago

C'mon Apple give us a release date and timeframe when demo units arrive at Apple Stores. I wanna try this thing already.
I'll play the part of the guru's.

It will be in 2024 unless its pushed back to 2025.

That's based on my scientific research and supply chain knowledge of absolutely nothing.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
phenste Avatar
9 months ago
finally, some east coast rep ✊

all the naysayers on here can miss me, I’m excited to try this thing out when it arrives—particularly excited to see what devs come up with. (Night Sky on VP, anyone…?)
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Spaceboi Scaphandre Avatar
9 months ago
C'mon Apple give us a release date and timeframe when demo units arrive at Apple Stores. I wanna try this thing already.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
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9 months ago
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)