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Vision Pro apps: the good, the bad, and the ridiculous

The Vision Pro is Apple’s newest computing platform, and that means we’re going to see a whole bunch of new apps. Apple pitches apps built for the Vision Pro as “spatial” experiences, and even after our initial review experience, we’ll have to see how those differ from or improve upon the virtual reality and mixed reality experiences we’ve seen on other platforms. Of course, the Vision Pro can run iPhone and iPad apps, too, and display the screen of your nearby Mac laptop or desktop.

Apple says that the Vision Pro’s 600-plus apps available at launch will bring 3D movies from Disney Plus, support from apps like Max and Amazon Prime video, and games like What the Golf? and Super Fruit Ninja. But the walled gardens of today’s tech world work in both directions, and there are some notable day-one omissions — Netflix’s app won’t work on Apple’s headset, and the same goes for YouTube.

The Vision Pro launches on February 2nd, and there are sure to be some good, bad, and flat-out weird apps in the weeks and months to come. (What will be the next I Am Rich?) Here’s all of our coverage of the apps for Apple’s new platform.

  • You can watch TV on a CRT in the Vision Pro.

    If you miss the kitchen TV, then this Television app for Apple’s headset has got your back. You’re able to watch videos (even spatial ones, if you like) on a whole bunch of different 3D models of TVs, from a portable CRT to a Samsung Frame lookalike.

    I want to watch iCarly on a big bulky silver 2000s console.


  • Wes Davis

    Feb 18

    Wes Davis

    What it’s like to make an app for the Vision Pro.

    In this interview for the Voices of VR podcast, Apollo developer Christian Selig shares his experience creating Juno, an unofficial YouTube player he created for the Vision Pro in only a week’s time.

    Despite the small number of people who own the headset, he says he’s earned enough from it to buy “multiple” Vision Pros.


  • Emma Roth

    Feb 15

    Emma Roth

    The Apple Vision Pro is getting two VR gaming staples.

    Job Simulator and Vacation Simulator are both making their way to Apple’s headset, developers Owlchemy Labs announced. They don’t say when the games will arrive, but they should offer a welcome stress reliever for whenever you’re not filling out spreadsheets or attending Zoom calls.


  • Ponder this (shiny) orb on the Vision Pro.

    XR designer Greg Madison has created this chrome ball as a fun way to visualize how Apple’s headset can reflect lighting in augmented reality based on your real environment.

    Reflection mapping is hardly new or unique to the Vision Pro, but Madison’s experiment is commendably easy to play with — just open the file in this Google Drive link while you’re wearing the headset.


  • Apple recommends some Arcade games for Vision Pro owners.

    Assuming you’re going to keep your Vision Pro headset for a while, Apple has highlighted some of the spatial games already available that are optimized for its headset’s eye, hand, and voice controls.

    They include What the Golf, Super Fruit Ninja, Synth Riders, and Lego Builder’s Journey (shown below), as well as some upcoming titles, like Alto’s Odyssey: The Lost City, Gibbon: Beyond the Trees, and Spire Blast.


    Animated image showing the augmented reality Lego game on Vision Pro, with two Lego figurine characters building a bridge on a desk.
    Lego Builder’s Journey
    Image: Apple
  • TikTok’s native app arrives for the Vision Pro

    TikTok video overlaid on living room inside Vision Pro.
    The Vision Pro app offers a familiar interface.
    Image: TikTok

    Apple’s Vision Pro headset now has a native TikTok app, the shortform video service has announced. 

    The interface will look relatively familiar to anyone who has used TikTok’s traditional iOS or Android apps, with a vertically oriented player for videos as well as buttons to like, comment, favorite, and share. But the company has taken advantage of the increased screen real estate offered by the Vision Pro to spread out other interface elements, showing comments and creator profiles on a pane to the right so they don’t obscure the main video player.

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  • Totally unofficial Apple Vision Pro YouTube app makes it to version 1.1.

    Call me pessimistic, but I was sure Google would immediately slam the breaks on Christian Selig’s third-party YouTube app (especially now the company plans to make a YouTube app of its own). But Juno is still going strong, and Selig has just released its 1.1 version update. Improvements include a playback quality selector, drag and drop support, bug fixes, and other performance and UI tweaks.


    Juno 1.1

    [christianselig.com]

  • Emma Roth

    Feb 12

    Emma Roth

    Vision Pro app downloads are a mixed bag so far.

    Immersive Wire spoke to Vision Pro developers and found that apps like JigSpace, which was included in Apple’s press materials, got over 14,000 installs in the span of a week. Other apps have struggled to get past a 1,000-download threshold.

    It obviously helps to be featured by Apple, but Immersive Wire reports some developers attribute lower download numbers to a lack of discoverability on the App Store. Developers say search capabilities need improvement, and the top 10 app lists should be easier to find.


  • This is the entire Vision Pro motion sickness label.

    Apple’s motion sickness support page tells you how to minimize possible nausea and other symptoms while using the Vision Pro. The company even offers a little label to tell you when an app or “Apple Immersive Media” has “larger amounts of motion.”

    And this is it. This is how you know.


  • YouTube says a Vision Pro app is ‘on the roadmap’

    A woman makes a pinching gesture while wearing the Vision Pro.
    I just like this photo a lot.
    Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

    Here’s a little bit of an about-face: YouTube now says it has a Vision Pro app on its roadmap. I mean this literally, as YouTube spokesperson Jessica Gibby just emailed me the following statement: “We’re excited to see Vision Pro launch and we’re supporting it by ensuring YouTube users have a great experience in Safari. We do not have any specific plans to share at this time, but can confirm that a Vision Pro app is on our roadmap.”

    This of course follows YouTube, Spotify, and Netflix all declining to allow their iPad apps to run on the Vision Pro before launch — and the last time we asked, there was no mention of a proper visionOS YouTube app coming in the future, so something’s changed in Mountain View. (One theory: the immediate popularity of Christian Selig’s Juno app for YouTube on the Vision Pro.) Gibby didn’t give a date for this roadmap, so we’ll have to wait and see what YouTube does here — it could just tweak the iPad app, or it could do a lot more.

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  • You can’t walk and Vision Pro at the same time.

    Of course there are plenty of videos circulating showing people “using” Apple’s headset while driving and walking — it’s an easy bit to snag views with!

    As Luke Miani’s video here shows, you’ll only walk through your apps if you try, and Travel mode, which is meant for use on flights, is not a solution. It’s evident in other videos, like Casey Neistat’s, that Vision Pro wearers have to stop moving to use its apps.


  • Here’s Marques Brownlee’s Vision Pro review.

    Although the unboxing and “what it’s like” videos aren’t really reviews, Brownlee’s latest video — the actual review — is more of a closing chapter of a trilogy chronicling his thoughts on Apple’s very fancy headset.

    This moment says a lot about the quality of the passthrough video — not just visual fidelity, but latency also:

    I also had a moment where I was using the Vision Pro for a while and I had my Mac and some other monitors around me, and then I took it off and then I went and did something, and then I came back and before I put the headset back on I looked up at the wall to where I thought a window was going to be.


  • Halide sums up the stereoscopic photography of the Vision Pro.

    Portrait mode images aren’t 3D — iPhones use depth mapping to determine where everything is in space, then they use machine learning to apply simulated bokeh (that is, the blur that optical lenses give you when focusing on a subject).

    iPhone camera app maker Halide explains how the Vision Pro’s “spatial” photos, which use the Vision Pro’s “stereoscopic 3D camera system,” aren’t that.


  • How would you score Apple’s spatial computer?

    On the latest Vergecast, Nilay Patel, David Pierce, and Alex Cranz discuss The Verge score for the Vision Pro, which got a 7 for being fun, but perhaps it should’ve been less?

    Nilay put it to a vote on Threads yesterday, asking Vision Pro owners, in a “world of no 7s,” is it a six, or an eight? The winner was a third option: “Show me the results.” (Six came in second, though).


  • Snarky weather forecasts — in mixed reality.

    Carrot Weather has offered a first look at its Vision Pro app launching today, which features comical weather forecasts optimized for visionOS, along with a new 3D weather globe you can explore in your physical space. You can also play mini-games and interact with Carrot’s AI character via the “ornament” in the main app window.


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    Image: Carrot Weather
  • Here are all of the 3D Disney movies available on the Vision Pro.

    A mix of 42 popular Disney flicks, including Finding Nemo, Avatar: The Way of Water, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens are headed to the Vision Pro headset in 3D. Disney Plus subscribers will get access to the whole catalog, but non-subscribers can still rent or buy 3D movies from the Apple TV app.


    Image: Disney
  • This Vision Pro app breaks down communication barriers.

    Navi makes use of the headset’s floating app windows by allowing you to transcribe and translate conversations in real time, viewing the subtitles beside whoever you’re speaking to.

    The translation feature works with iOS devices that must also be running Navi, and requires both users conversing to have an active subscription to the app which starts from $3.99 per week.

    Check out this demo of a Dutch-language translation:


  • Ok. Now I want one.

    When I saw how the app Shortcut Buttons lets you put virtual buttons around your home to trigger smart home devices using Apple’s Vision Pro, I was (almost) sold.

    This is a use case for the $3,500 head computer I can really get behind (you know, once it doesn't cost $3,500). The lack of new interfaces for the smart home is something I complain about a lot. This might shut me up for a bit.

    Check out Matthew Cassinelli’s rundown of how the $8 app works.


    <a href="https://www.finnvoorhees.com/shortcutbuttons"><em>Shortcut Buttons</em></a><em> lets you set up home automation shortcuts in relevant places. “Easily dim the lights or order food when watching a movie, or start a timer when cooking in the kitchen.”</em>

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    Shortcut Buttons lets you set up home automation shortcuts in relevant places. “Easily dim the lights or order food when watching a movie, or start a timer when cooking in the kitchen.”
    Image: Finn Voorhees
  • Even without Netflix and YouTube, Apple’s Vision Pro has over 600 apps at launch

    An image showing someone using the NBA app on the Vision Pro
    Image: Apple

    Apple has finally put a number on how many apps will work with the Vision Pro at launch. In an announcement on Thursday, the company says more than 600 apps and games optimized for the Vision Pro will be available starting on Friday.

    In addition to the compatible streaming apps Apple revealed last month, Apple now says wearers will be able to access apps from cable providers like Charter, Spectrum, Comcast, Cox, Sling TV, and Verizon Fios. There’s also support for the NBA app and PGA Tour Vision that provides users with “real-time shot tracking layered on top of 3D models of real golf courses.” More than 250 Apple Arcade games will also work on the Vision Pro, too, such as Lego Builder’s Journey, Super Fruit Ninja, Bloons TD 6, Skatrix Pro, What the Golf?, Cut the Rope 3, and more.

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  • Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, and more are coming to Apple’s Vision Pro at launch

    Microsoft Teams in Apple Vision Pro
    Image: Microsoft

    Microsoft is launching a suite of its Microsoft 365 apps on Apple’s Vision Pro headset later this week. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Loop, and Microsoft Teams will all be available in the App Store for Apple Vision Pro on February 2nd — the same day Apple’s new headset is available in stores.

    Apple Vision Pro owners will also be able to access an AI-powered version of Copilot while using the headset, including the ability to create drafts, summarize documents, and generate PowerPoint presentations with your voice.

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  • The Vision Pro is a computer for the age of walled gardens

    Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

    The Vision Pro, Apple’s new “spatial computing” headset, comes with a lot of limits. It’s a technically impressive $3,499 device that’s straining against the basic capabilities of screens, cameras, eye tracking, and sheer component weight. Yet as I’ve watched the Vision Pro go from announcement to release, it’s also seemed held back by something that has little to do with hardware. Apple is trying to create the computer of the future, but it’s doing so under the tech company mindset of the present: one obsessed with consolidation, closed ecosystems, and treating platforms as a zero-sum game.

    Apple is launching the Vision Pro with parts of the iPad catalog and a variety of specially tailored immersive content. But out of the box, you might notice a few gaps. You can’t stream Netflix via a native app on the platform or watch videos on a YouTube app. Despite being a device built around interactive 3D computing, you won’t find projects from Apple’s once-close collaborator Epic, whose Unreal Engine and Infinity Blade series helped establish iOS as a home for 3D games. And there’s a remarkable lack of fitness content, given how much Apple has focused on it elsewhere.

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  • Emma Roth

    Jan 29

    Emma Roth

    Zoom meetings are about to get weirder thanks to the Vision Pro

    An image showing someone using Zoom on the Apple Vision Pro
    Image: Zoom

    Zoom’s Vision Pro app will launch alongside Apple’s new headset on February 2nd and let wearers use its “persona” (a digital avatar based on their face scans) during video calls. Whoever they’re calling will see their facial expressions and hand movements as if they’re not wearing a headset, much like Apple’s FaceTime app for the Vision Pro.

    The upcoming Zoom app will also take advantage of the Vision Pro’s augmented reality capabilities, allowing it to blend in with users’ physical environments while surfacing as a floating window. These features will be available when the app launches with the headset on Friday, February 2nd.

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  • At least one app is preparing to enable HDMI input to Apple’s Vision Pro.

    Developer Finn Voorhees tested the Castaway: Spatial HDMI Monitor beta by playing Super Mario Bros. Wonder within visionOS using a USB capture card hooked up to an iPad. However, the developers of Halide/Orion have said the APIs necessary to connect their app to Vision Pro aren’t available yet.

    Voorhees writes, “Going back and forth with app store review” in hopes of having it in the App Store in time for the Vision Pro launch February 2nd.


    visionOS simulator showing capture from HDMI input of a Nintendo Switch playing Super Mario Bros. Wonder.
    Capture of Super Mario Bros. Wonder playing within visionOS.
    Image: Finn Voorhees / @finnvoorhees@mastodon.social
  • Web apps: maybe not coming to a Vision Pro homescreen near you?

    Over on X, Steve Moser posted that he noticed Safari on Vision Pro doesn’t have the “Add to Home Screen” option, which suggests that you can’t use Progressive Web Apps on the Vision Pro. This is in a simulator, it’s beta software, nobody really knows anything about how the final products will work! But given how much Apple needs great web apps for the Vision Pro to be a hit, it’s definitely a slightly worrying sign.


  • The Vision Pro’s first killer app is the web, whether Apple likes it or not

    A man controls Safari and other apps inside the Apple Vision Pro headset
    Safari can make the Vision Pro sing... if Apple lets it.
    Image: Apple

    In the days ahead of the Vision Pro’s launch, Apple has heavily promoted some of the apps destined for its spatial computing headset. Download Disney Plus and watch movies from Tatooine! Slack and Fantastical and Microsoft Office on your face! FaceTime with your friends as a floating hologram! But it’s increasingly clear that the early success of the Vision Pro, and much of the answer to the question of what this headset is actually for, will come from a single app: Safari. 

    That’s right, friends. Web browsers are back. And Apple needs them more than ever if it wants this $3,500 face computer to be a hit. Embracing the web will mean threatening the very things that have made Apple so powerful and so rich in the mobile era, but at least at first, the open web is Apple’s best chance to make its headset a winner. Because at least so far, it seems developers are not exactly jumping to build new apps for Apple’s new platform.

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