The final version of Apple Vision Pro will include many more applications than those shown during the preview at WWDC 2023. As reported by The Information, the Cupertino company was ready to show others, but would have decided not to say a word since not yet ready for the public. Choice probably dictated both by development issues and to keep an ace up its sleeve compared to the competition.
Green light instead at a crucial stage for Apple’s AR / VR viewer with the release of the first release of the visionOS operating system. The debut of visionOS 1.0 Developer Beta arrives at the same time as software development kit (SDK) which calls the developers to creare app innovative to take full advantage of the exceptional features of the new “spatial computer”.
All apps silenced by Apple at WWDC
Among the apps postponed to the future there are those designed for physical activity such as Tai Chi, Yoga and Nike Workout. But also a game that requires precision and content Apple TV+ with parts in augmented reality or 3D representations. Also, there are Mac apps under development for the headset, which follow the concept of “visual computing“.
Another important novelty omitted during the WWDC concerns the “co-presence” app which allow you to communicate with an interlocutor as if they were physically present in the same space as the user.
But both in this case and in apps related to fitness and sports, the developers have suspended their projects due to the difficulty in implementing the body monitoring and tracking. This feature still doesn’t seem to work at full capacity and may only be available when the device is finished. This means that many apps may only launch after Vision Pro is released.
Developers working to take full advantage of Apple Vision Pro
Xcode 15 beta 2 is the entrance ticket to the SDK, while the laboratories of Cupertino, London, Munich, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo will be open from July to allow developers to test their apps on hardware and get support from Apple engineers. Additionally, development teams can purchase development kits.
Thanks to Vision Pro and basic frameworks like Xcode, SwiftUI, RealityKit, ARKit e TestFlightdevelopers can create 3D content with windows in depth, volumes that create experiences visible from all angles and spaces with unlimited 3D content for a truly immersive experience.
With the visionOS simulator Reality Composer Prodevelopers can have a preview, interact with the app and test new environments and lighting conditions. Apple accessibility features are also built into each framework to make visionOS apps and spatial computing accessible to anyone.
L’Apple Developer Program offers access to the visionOS SDK, updated Xcode software, Simulator, Reality Composer Pro, technical documentation, design kits, and a visionOS UI guide.
The smart lens to interact with the real world
Among the most interesting and so far known functions of the visionOS operating system there is that of “Visual searchSimilar to the iPhone and iPad namesake, it allows users to get information about objects, interact with nearby text, copy and paste real-world printed text into apps, translate content into 17 different languages, and more. With Apple Vision Proit’s possible automatically detect text and documentsjust like on iPhone when it finds text in photos and allows you to interact with it.
So they can take advantage of contact information, web page links, and unit conversions. For example, if a printed booklet contains a web link, you can scan it with Vision Pro to open a Safari window and view the web page. If instead a recipe is written in ounces, but you want to use grams, you can convert the units using the viewer.