Friday, February 2, 2024

Launch Day Apple Vision Pro Apps

Apple (Slashdot):

More than 600 apps and games designed to take advantage of the unique and powerful capabilities of Apple Vision Pro will be available this Friday, February 2.


Apps built specifically for visionOS, like Box, make it easy to collaborate and securely manage files and content, including 3D objects, while the MindNode app helps users brainstorm with thought bubbles that float around a user’s space. OmniFocus [4.1, still in development] and OmniPlan use beautiful data and project management visualization in large windows to view a complete project plan. Microsoft 365 productivity apps, Fantastical, and Numerics make full use of the infinite canvas and sharp text rendering of Apple Vision Pro to make daily tasks effortless. JigSpace combines 3D content, audio, video, and text in interactive, step-by-step spatial presentations, and Navi translates conversations in real time, creating live captions so users can see exactly what people around them are saying.

John Gruber:

For all the (justifiable!) attention paid to Netflix and YouTube’s decisions to completely eschew the platform at launch, the truth is there are a lot of native VisionOS apps at launch, and zillions of compatible iPad apps.


Apple has no built-in Calculator app in VisionOS, and the built-in Calendar app is the iPad app in compatibility mode, making PCalc and Fantastical the only native apps of their respective kinds in the App Store at launch.)

Gabriel Valdez Malpartida:

On February 2, Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and Loop will be available on the App Store in Apple Vision Pro.

Ainsley Bourque Olson:

As previously shared, we’re pleased to have released OmniPlan for Apple Vision Pro!


OmniPlan 4 sports features to track and forecast costs, set up projects and manage complex scheduling, collaborate with a team, and view your project as an interactive Gantt chart or Network Diagram across an entire display – or in this case the infinite display of Apple Vision Pro.


Fantastical for Apple Vision Pro is a full-featured version of the app, just like on all your devices. Everything’s here, from calendar sets and conference calls, to Openings and Proposals, and fully enabled for the boundless canvas that is spatial computing. We also decided to take advantage of that canvas with a new feature: multiple windows.

Christian Selig (Hacker News, MacRumors):

Then I remembered for years my old app, Apollo, played back YouTube videos submitted to Reddit pretty well, and I developed a pretty good understanding of how YouTube worked. That sparked the idea to reuse some of Apollo’s code there and build a little YouTube client of my own for visionOS, and after a mad week of coding “Juno for YouTube” is born.


Lastly, they have an embed API that’s pretty powerful, and is what I used in Apollo and now Juno. There’s no API keys, or limits to how many times a day you can call it, as it literally just loads the video in a webview, and provides JavaScript methods to interact with the video, such as pause, play, speed up, etc. It’s really nice, you can play YouTube videos back, and YouTube still gets to show ads (if the user doesn’t have YouTube Premium) and whatnot so no one is grumpy.

Cultured Code (MacRumors):

We’ve adapted and refined every corner of Things to make full use of Vision Pro and to fit in beautifully with your environment. A sidebar made of glass, menus and popovers that float above your lists, resizable windows, controls that light up to acknowledge your gaze, refined interactions, and more. A native app for the new platform, through and through.


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Is there a Reduce Transparency checkbox on visionOS? Looking at screenshots of all the glass sidebars and windows, it seems like it would be really difficult to read the text labels in these apps.

Wow. So we now can have the Prime Radiant from Asimov's original Foundation books.

Old Unix Geek

Well at least the prime radiant used 3D. Not sure what the point of spatial computing is for 2D apps...

Are people really going to wear that thing, all the time and use it as their primary computing device? I don’t think so (could be wrong who knows?).

If it’s a mask to watch movies and play games I can see it being successful. But Apple doesn’t have a great relationship with the game dev community so I’m not sure how likely it is that they can get the devs they need on board for gamers. They can’t even get most game devs to port from Windows to Mac.

And they are directly competing with streaming services like Spotify, Netflix, etc. so it may end up being an expensive toy for rich people.

I don’t see everyone walking around with goggles on like it’s the new smartphone.

"Are people really going to wear that thing, all the time and use it as their primary computing device? I don’t think so (could be wrong who knows?)."

No. But looking at the way the OS works, it's pretty clear that the idea here is for this to become smaller and to become true AR glasses in the future.

The funny thing is, no device released by Apple since the iPhone has replaced the Mac in any meaningful way for me. I could live without iPads, Watches, Apple TVs, even without an iPhone, although that would certainly be a big adjustment. So yes, I'm sceptical about this new 'Spatial Computing' paradigm.

Still don't see the point in all those "native" applications.

It's basically the same applications that we have in macOS, iPad OS or Windows with a different skin and with even worse pointing and typing devices than a smartphone or tablet. And also with angled windows to decrease legibility.

Still waiting for a really interesting app like I've been waiting for the last 9+ years for an app that justifies the pointless Swift language.

My thoughts exactly. The juice doesn’t seem worth the squeeze. It’s not like carrying around an iPad is some great inconvenience. In fact, carrying around an iPad to access iPad apps seems way more convenient than strapping the AVP to your face.

The most compelling demo I’ve seen from reviews is pinning little timer app instances to real world objects (like a boiling pot or oven). As mentioned above, regular apps look meh but maybe there’s potential for the futuristic equivalent of ‘desk accessories’

For me: An expensive solution still in search of a problem .

The only reason to buy this version is to develop stuff for future versions

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