YouTube Claims an Apple Vision Pro App is On the Roadmap

The Apple Vision Pro App Store launched without a few key apps, such as Netflix, YouTube, and Spotify. A YouTube app could be coming in the future, though, according to a statement the company gave to The Verge.

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YouTube says that it is "excited" by the Vision Pro launch and that an app is on the company's roadmap, but no timing was provided. YouTube's full statement:

We're excited to see Vision Pro launch and we're supporting it by ensuring YouTube users have a great experience in Safari. We do not have any specific plans to share at this time, but can confirm that a Vision Pro app is on our roadmap.

YouTube and parent company Google have sometimes taken years to adopt new Apple features, so it is entirely unclear when we might actually see a YouTube app for the device. In the meantime, Apollo developer Christian Selig has created an app called "Juno" for watching YouTube on the Vision Pro. Alternatively, YouTube videos can be watched from the Safari browser.

Neither Juno nor YouTube on the web work allow Vision Pro owners to watch YouTube's collection of 360 and 3D videos. An Apple spokesperson told The Verge that this is because the content "was created for devices that do not deliver a high-quality spatial experience."

In some cases, this content could also cause motion discomfort. We've focused our efforts on delivering the best spatial media experience possible including spatial photos and videos, Apple Immersive Video, and 3D movies available on Apple TV.

There is no word on whether YouTube's eventual app will work with its 3D content.

Apple did say that it is working on supporting WebXR content which could eventually allow for YouTube VR videos to be viewable on the web using Safari, but it is still a new standard. WebXR doesn't yet "take full advantage of the power, performance and interaction capabilities of ‌Apple Vision Pro‌ and visionOS," but Apple is contributing to W3C web standards including WebXR.

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Top Rated Comments

vertsix Avatar
3 weeks ago

Apple Vision Pro is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, and a very inelegant solution at that.
You absolutely need to try it.

I was a skeptic like you. I trashed it everywhere and memed about it. Check my post history. Now I own one.

The demo was that good.
Score: 41 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JordanCautious Avatar
3 weeks ago
In other words: "We didn't really care about the AVP when Apple announced it in June last year and didn't think it would be worth the development resources so we did nothing for 7 months. But then we saw Juno come out with a paid app that doesn't seem too hard to implement so we'll make an app in the next 6 months".
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PowerMac5500 Avatar
3 weeks ago
Possible cool feature... Close eyes "really hard" to skip ads. :)
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spazzcat Avatar
3 weeks ago

Apple Vision Pro is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, and a very inelegant solution at that.
Sometimes things are created to improve things like entertainment or improve a process. Not everything has to solve a problem. Look at the smartphone, everyone was fine with making phone calls and texting with the current tech of the day.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spazzcat Avatar
3 weeks ago
Not suprise they are already changing their message. Netflix will be next ...

No rush

It's an absolutely tiny addressable market for the foreseeable future
The question is how much new content is YouTube missing out on right now by not supporting the platform.

That must have cost Apple a lot of money. Well, they can afford it.
Just about every review brings up YouTube missing; it isn't a good look for Google.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CookItOff Avatar
3 weeks ago
Haha, after Youtube is seeing some of these "use cases" videos popping up yesterday, Youtube is like, 'wait wait we may have been hasty in saying we have no plans to make an app for the Vision Pro.'
Also using the Safari browser has the advantaged of using add blockers vs not having it in the App so... money money money.

So many people are doing complete 180s after seeing all the cool things the Vision Pro can do. A lot of us were trying to tell y'all to think outside of the box with this one. ;)

Casey's "use case" video is awesome but, I really like this one.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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