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In a groundbreaking move, Apple has announced the expansion of its Vision Pro developer labs to two new global hubs: New York City, New York, and Sydney, Australia. This strategic expansion aims to provide developers with accessible locations to test their applications on the cutting-edge Vision Pro headset.
The Vision Pro developer labs made their debut in August, offering developers an exclusive opportunity to get hands-on experience with the Vision Pro headsets. This hands-on exposure has proved instrumental in refining visionOS apps in anticipation of the device’s slated launch next year.
Previously, these labs were exclusively stationed in Cupertino, London, Munich, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo, necessitating significant travel for some developers. Apple faced scrutiny for offering only one Vision Pro test spot in the United States, requiring East Coast developers to journey all the way to Cupertino.
Now, with the introduction of a Vision Pro developer lab in New York, developers on the East Coast of the United States will experience a significant reduction in travel distance. Similarly, developers in Australia will have a convenient location for testing. While any developer can apply for a spot at a Vision Pro lab, it’s important to note that Apple will not be providing travel reimbursements.
At these visionary labs, developers not only get hands-on time with the Vision Pro headset but also receive expert guidance from Apple engineers. This unique environment fosters invaluable testing and optimization opportunities for visionOS apps.
Apple has taken a step further by dispatching Vision Pro developer kits to select developers. However, these kits are available in limited quantities, and Apple is giving priority to apps that make the most of the Vision Pro’s extraordinary features and capabilities.
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Developers have a generous window of time to fine-tune their visionOS apps before the headset’s official launch, slated for early 2024 in the United States. This extension ensures that developers can unleash the full potential of their applications on this groundbreaking platform.