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Some of Apple's own apps for the Vision Pro will be "unmodified" iPad apps

By Kenny Yeo - on 22 Jan 2024, 1:40pm

Some of Apple's own apps for the Vision Pro will be "unmodified" iPad apps

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More details are trickling out as we approach the impending launch of Apple's Vision Pro headset.

According to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, some of Apple's own first-party apps will reportedly run as unmodified versions of existing iPad apps. This includes some popular ones like Podcasts, News, Calendar, and Reminder.

To be fair, it's not like we need the Calendar app to have earth-shattering 3D effects, but it is quite curious that Apple isn't putting more effort, given the importance of this launch.

Gurman also said that most developers are taking a cautious approach toward the Vision Pro. He cited a number of reasons for this:

  • Apple's sizeable 30% App Store cut
  • The fact that there would only be around 80,000 units at launch
  • Many smaller independent developers could not get their hands on a Vision Pro developer kit

This is not helped by the fact that a number of major companies are apparently happy to sit out and adopt a wait-and-see approach. Netflix, Spotify, and YouTube are not offering native apps for the Vision Pro and are instead asking Vision Pro users to use the web browser to access their content.

Still, it's not all gloom and doom. Disney announced that it will have 3D content for the Vision Pro at launch, and other major streaming services like Amazon Prime, Paramount Plus, and Crunchyroll have all pledged support for the Vision Pro. The Vision Pro will also boast productivity apps like Office 365, Zoom, and Slack.

More importantly, I think the Vision Pro's success will depend a lot on the reaction and assessment of the early adopters, and how quickly Apple reacts to early criticism and feedback.

Source: Bloomberg

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