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Ahead of the spatial computing device’s Friday release, apps for the Apple Vison Pro are being prepared by developers. Just last week, there were only 150-plus apps specifically designed for the Vision Pro, as stated by a third-party analysis of the App Store. Today, Apple announced that more than 600 new apps and games are in preparation for the Vison Pro before its debut. These apps will join the over 1 million compatible apps across iOS and iPadOS.
Apple’s compliance plan with the EU’s new regulation, the Digital Markets Act (DMA), suggests that Apple will open up to alternative app stores and payments, which is a response to the law. However, critics such as Spotify, Epic Games, and Microsoft criticized it as a “farce” full of “junk fees” and a “step in the wrong direction,” respectively. The industry is worried that Apple’s anti-developer stance with the DMA may lead to a reduced interest from developers in building apps for its newest computing platform, the AR/VR headset. Major companies like Netflix and YouTube have already stated that they don’t intend to support the device at launch.
Apple aims to put these concerns to rest by announcing a large app catalog for the Vision Pro. The company highlights that the Vision Pro has capabilities and a 3D user interface that is navigated using eyes, hands, and voice. More than 600 apps and games have been designed to take advantage of the Vision Pro’s features.
Streaming apps like Disney+, ESPN, MLB, PGA Tour, Max, Discovery+, and others have announced their support. The PGA Tour Vision app allows real-time shot tracking across real golf courses, while the NBA app allows streaming up to five live or on-demand broadcasts at once. Other streaming apps are also joining, such as CBS, NBC, NBC Sports, Fox Sports, and UFC, among others.
The PGA Tour Vision app offers a golf game with real-time shot tracking across models of real golf courses, while the NBA app will allow streaming up to five broadcasts live or on-demand at once, Apple notes. Red Bull TV will include 3D maps of races. Soccer fans will also be able to stream MLS Season Pass via Apple’s own Apple TV app. That app will offer access to Apple’s Originals, more than 200 3D movies, and Apple Immersive Video.
Cable companies are also developing apps for the Vision Pro, including apps from Charter Spectrum, Comcast Xfinity, Cox Contour, Sling TV, and Verizon Fios. Sports broadcasters like CBS, NBC, NBC Sports, Fox Sports, and UFC are also joining. Additionally, productivity apps such as MindNote, OmniFocus, and OmniPlan, Microsoft 365, and Fantastical are coming.