Vision Pro App Store reaches initial milestone, Apple says

One of the downsides of Apple’s new Vision Pro headset is the small number of apps available. Of course, you can load most iPad apps onto a mixed reality headset, but it’s the custom-built apps that really bring out the best in the Vision Pro.

The good news is that the Vision Pro App Store now has 1,000 visionOS apps ready to be downloaded by face-based computer owners, starting to ship for $3,499 on February 2.

The 1,000 app figure was revealed by Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president for marketing, in a post on social media on Tuesday. This marks an increase of 400 apps compared to when Vision Pro launched.

“Many thanks to our developers,” Joswiak wrote. “Their hard work has resulted in more than 1,000 incredible spatial apps designed specifically for Vision Pro, as well as more than 1.5 million compatible apps. We are excited to see how they continue to push the boundaries of what is possible.”

Many thanks to our developers! Their hard work has resulted in more than 1,000 incredible spatial apps designed specifically for Vision Pro, as well as more than 1.5 million compatible apps. We’re excited to see how they continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

— Greg Joswiak (@gregjoz) February 13, 2024

Of course, 1,000 apps is a small number for an app store, especially considering the equivalent hub for the iPhone currently numbers around 1.8 million. But yes, Apple’s popular phone was launched 17 years ago and has its advantages, while the Vision Pro is a new device category for Apple that was only launched 11 days ago.

If Vision Pro owners only had 1,000 apps to choose from, that would be terrible, which is why Joswiak is keen to point out that the headset also has “1.5 million compatible apps” ready to download. However, because these are designed for the iPad, they won’t take full advantage of the Vision Pro’s capabilities.

The growth of new app stores is often slow. Many developers are reluctant to take the time to create apps for new platforms because enough devices are not yet sold, so app usage will be minimal, but the lack of available apps can hinder device sales. Apple believes that over time, the Vision Pro App Store will experience steady growth as more people buy the device, and those sales encourage developers to take a greater interest in creating software for the platform.

Digital Trends has put together some examples of the unique features you can enjoy with the bespoke Vision Pro app.

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