Some Apple Apps for Vision Pro Will Reportedly Be Unmodified iPad Apps to Begin

Some Apple apps for Vision Pro will reportedly be unmodified iPad apps to begin. Apple will not be releasing redesigned versions of first-party apps such as news, podcasts, or even calendars for the Vision Pro.

Apple Apps for Vision Pro Will Be Unmodified iPad Apps

Apple Apps for Vision Pro Will Be Unmodified iPad Apps

Apple’s upcoming mixed reality headset, the Vision Pro, is expected to launch with “over 1 million” apps, with a significant portion likely being existing iPad or iPhone versions, according to Mark Gurman’s Power On newsletter for Bloomberg. Surprisingly, some of Apple’s major first-party apps, including Podcasts, News, Calendar, and Reminders, will also be part of the initial app lineup for the Vision Pro.

The choice to include touch-first apps like Calendar and Reminders on a device primarily operated through a gaze-and-tap interface may seem unconventional. The success of these apps on the Vision Pro will depend on how well their touch-centric design translates to the new interface. While certain apps may not require immersive 3D effects, the Vision Pro’s potential as a productivity device could be affected if its main input method proves cumbersome for commonly used applications.

The Vision Pro’s App Ecosystem

Gurman’s report highlights a subdued narrative around the Vision Pro’s app ecosystem, with low developer enthusiasm attributed to factors such as Apple’s 30 percent App Store cut. Additionally, the limited initial production of around 80,000 units could deter independent developers from investing in the platform. Major companies like YouTube and Netflix will not have native apps for the headset at launch, opting instead for users to access their services through Safari.

The Absence of Developer Excitement for the Vision Pro

The absence of developer excitement raises questions about the Vision Pro’s app ecosystem and its potential to thrive. However, Gurman notes that the success of Apple Watch and Apple TV, both lacking vibrant app ecosystems, suggests that user satisfaction may not solely hinge on the availability of a multitude of apps.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding developer enthusiasm, the Vision Pro represents a distinct platform from the iPad and iPhone, and its ultimate success may depend on how users utilize its unique features beyond the app ecosystem.



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