More than a million compatible iOS and iPadOS apps are already waiting in the App Store
In context: The Apple Vision Pro will be released tomorrow, February 2nd. The company claims the device will feature more than 1 million apps at launch. Of course, this is because the Vision Pro is compatible with iOS and iPadOS.
The bad news is that these already available games and utilities can’t really take advantage of the Vision Pro’s spatial capabilities. The headset will primarily display them on a large virtual screen, rather than having a unique mixed reality feature.
The good news is that Apple has revealed that it has more than 600 apps developed specifically for the Vision Pro, ready for tomorrow’s launch. The programs will “take advantage of the unique and powerful features” of the headset, meaning a variety of unique experiences should be immediately available.
“Spatial experiences in Vision Pro can transform any room into a personal theater for sports, TV shows and movies; unlock new ways to collaborate, create and view digital content; and transport users to stunning gaming environments and exciting new locations,” Apple said in its statement.
Apple is touting the Vision Pro’s capabilities as a giant virtual TV. Users can watch movies, shows or sports on the equivalent of a 100-foot 4K screen. Although YouTube and Netflix have left the platform, Cupertino still maintains partnerships to bring TV entertainment to the device.
Apple TV is a no-brainer. However, the PGA and NBA have developed unique apps to entertain users. PGA Tour Vision is a golf app that allows fans to enjoy the Tour with real-time shot tracking. It also uses various overlays to provide course information, schedules, scorecards, and leaderboards.
“With Apple Vision Pro and the power of spatial computing, Apple is bringing us an innovative and immersive way to experience professional golf,” said Scott Gutterman, PGA Tour senior vice president of digital operations.
With Vision Pro’s NBA app installed, basketball fans can watch up to five games on multiple screens, in real time or on demand. The software also provides similar 3D spatial overlays displaying player and team statistics.
Several other sports organizations have exclusive applications built for Vision Pro, including MLB, MLS, ESPN, NBC Sports, Fox Sports and UFC. Add apps from cable TV collaborators like Comcast, Spectrum, Cox, Sling, Disney+, and Verizon Fios, and there’s no shortage of TV watching. The hardest part for users will be determining what content they want to pay for and how much it costs.
On the gaming side, Resolution Games was one of the first developers to announce that it would have a mixed reality game for Vision Pro – a port of its popular Demeo board game – ready for release. If that wasn’t enough, the studio announced earlier this week that it has another app in production called “Game Room”.
Game Room will be an Apple Arcade title, allowing Vision Pro players to play against others who only have an iPad or iPhone. The application brings together several well-known board and card games in a single package, including chess, solitaire, hearts, yacht and sea battle (imitation of a battleship). It plans to use Game Room as a Vision Pro platform for board games, promising to add more titles to the app over time.
Several utilities are also coming, including Microsoft 365 apps. There will also be exclusive software ranging from project management tools like OmniFocus and OmniPlan to file and content management apps like Box and JigSpace. Developers designed them from the ground up to work with Vision Pro and provide a futuristic virtual environment for collaborating or performing work-related tasks.