Apple has introduced a diverse array of 600 applications exclusively tailored for the Vision Pro, complemented by over a million pre-existing apps deemed compatible with the cutting-edge headset.
Marking its debut in the United States, the Apple Vision Pro heralds a transformative phase in personal computing, emphasizing its commitment to what it terms “spatial computing.” The tech giant, headquartered in Cupertino, disclosed on Thursday the incorporation of 600 novel applications and games meticulously crafted for the device, in addition to the one million apps accessible on the App Store that Apple asserts are inherently harmonious.
The Vision Pro headset unfolds an augmented reality canvas, inviting user interaction through eyes, hands, and voice. Beyond its premium cost, the headset promises a substantial enhancement in media consumption, effectively transforming one’s surroundings into a personalized theater conducive to watching sports, TV shows, and films.
Highlighted below are some of the 600 applications disclosed by Apple and how they leverage the sophisticated capabilities of the advanced device to deliver an unparalleled experiential journey.
Revolutionizing the Sports Experience:
The high-resolution displays of the Apple Vision Pro deliver more than 4k TV pixels to each eye, effectively simulating content on a colossal 100-foot screen. Applications like PGA TOUR employ real-time shot tracking, layered upon 3D renditions of golf courses, alongside crucial statistics like leaderboards, scorecards, schedules, and other tournament intricacies presented interactively.
The NBA app, adopting Multiview, enables basketball enthusiasts to stream up to five distinct broadcasts, facilitating real-time tracking of player and team statistics, while also allowing for glimpses into other games and scores. The MLB app endeavors to immerse users within a baseball stadium ambiance, offering a view from the home plate along with pitch-specific statistics.
Streaming platforms such as Disney+ and Warner Bros. Discovery’s Max capitalize on the capabilities of the Apple Vision Pro to provide users with a novel approach to enjoying their preferred movies, shows, and more.
The Apple TV app extends access to Apple Originals from Apple TV+, comprising over 200 3D movies and Apple Immersive Video, designed to immerse viewers within the action through 180-degree 8k 3D recordings captured using Spatial Audion. Apple Music facilitates the download and streaming of more than 100 million songs, ad-free, incorporating Spatial Audio.
Emphasizing that the Vision Pro is not solely for recreational purposes, Apple introduces a 3D user interface that transcends display constraints, allowing apps to appear side by side at variable scales, creating an ideal canvas for multitasking and collaborative efforts. Integration with a Magic Keyboard, Magic Trackpad, or the emulation of Mac’s capabilities into the Vision Pro with Mac Virtual Display is also facilitated.
Apps like Box, designed explicitly for visionOS, simplify collaboration and secure management of files and content. The MindNode app aids in brainstorming through thought bubbles floating in the virtual space. Microsoft 365 productivity apps and others exploit the “infinite canvas” concept. JigSpace combines 3D content, audio, video, and text into interactive spatial presentations. Connectivity with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Webex calls is seamlessly facilitated on the Apple Vision Pro.
Gaming in the visionOS Realm:
Apple Arcade boasts a catalog of 250 games compatible with the Apple Vision Pro, devoid of in-app purchases or ads. This encompasses popular titles such as NBA 2K24 Arcade Edition, Sonic Dream Team, and TMNT Splintered Fate. Additionally, specific titles optimized for the Vision Pro and visionOS, such as Super Fruit Ninja, Synth Riders, and Game Room, emerge as “spatial games” that unfold in augmented reality.
Innovative Experiences with the Apple Vision Pro:
The Apple Vision Pro not only offers an alternative way to watch movies, sports, or play games but introduces entirely new experiences. The Hold the World app transports users to the Natural History Museum in London, guided by Sir David Attenborough, enabling exploration of rare specimens from the museum’s collections.
The Archive application whisks users away to diverse locations, unraveling artifacts and spatial media from the works of Star Trek’s screenwriter Gene Roddenberry and other creators. Voyager by ForeFlight presents 3D representations of air traffic and flights. CARROT Weather, utilizing 3D weather maps, delivers forecasts with a comedic twist, as per the company’s claim.