A stark depiction of a futuristic VR headset display, symbolizing the underwhelming response from app developers to Apple's Vision Pro.

Apple’s latest venture into the realm of virtual reality, the ‍Vision Pro, has received a⁣ rather tepid ‍response from app developers. According to recent data​ from the App Store, only a small fraction of ‍the 1.8 ‍million apps have been updated specifically‌ for ‍the ‌Vision Pro. As⁢ of this weekend, the AR/VR device’s App Store has just over 150 apps that were explicitly updated for the Vision​ Pro, as per data‌ from market intelligence‌ firm Appfigures.

Compatibility⁤ and Developer Response

It’s important to note that this figure does not represent the total ⁤number of apps available for the Vision Pro. The device is theoretically⁢ compatible with ⁣iOS and⁢ iPad‌ apps, unless a ‌developer chooses to opt out. However, ⁤the number does give ​an indication of how many companies have‍ rushed to build ⁣for the new⁤ platform. Given the size of ​Apple’s ‌wider developer base, it’s a relatively small ​number.

There could‌ be⁣ several reasons‌ why developers are not rushing to customize their apps or build new ‍ones specifically ⁢for Apple’s⁣ latest ​platform. These could include a limited supply of Vision Pro headsets for testing,⁤ the understanding that the⁤ market‌ opportunity for their apps may be small for ⁤some time due to the‌ device’s ⁣hefty ​price point, and the challenges of translating small, touchscreen-optimized apps to a different ⁢computing environment.

Impact of Apple’s Developer Relations

One cannot overlook the negative ⁣sentiment that Apple has stirred‍ among its‌ developer community following the ‍fallout of Epic Games’ antitrust lawsuit against the tech giant. Despite Apple ‍largely winning⁤ the ‍case, the ‌court ruling required Apple to modify its App Store rules. This⁢ has led‌ to a‌ developer-hostile attitude that could potentially impact Apple’s wider developer community, a⁣ community that had‍ previously rushed to embrace Apple’s​ new ‍platforms.

Big Names Opting Out

With the Vision Pro, Apple rivals like YouTube, Netflix, and Spotify have chosen not to build for Apple’s‍ latest ‍platform. This is likely due to the increasing competition from Apple in their markets with its own ‌video and music​ streaming​ services. Meta, ⁣which makes its own VR headset, has also⁣ unsurprisingly ⁢opted not to specifically build native apps‍ for the Vision Pro.

What’s Available ‌for Vision Pro Users?

Despite the ‍lukewarm response from developers, there’s still plenty for Vision Pro users to do with their new headset at launch. Apple has stated that the Vision ‍Pro will allow users to download and stream content from a variety of platforms. ⁣Additionally, Appfigures reveals‍ a few other big brands and popular ‌apps that have⁤ been⁤ built for Vision Pro ⁢specifically, including Box, Carrot Weather, Webex, Zoom, Fantastical, and others.