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Apple enthusiasts and developers alike are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Vision Pro headset, which is set to revolutionize the world of augmented reality. To ensure that developers can create cutting-edge apps for visionOS ahead of the headset’s anticipated release in “early 2024,” Apple has opened applications for the Vision Pro developer kit. Exciting as this news may be, Apple is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to preventing leaks and mishaps.
In the past, Apple has generously provided developer kits for unreleased products like the Apple Watch, Apple TV, and the first Apple Silicon Mac. Now, with the Vision Pro developer kit, selected developers will have the exclusive opportunity to work with this groundbreaking technology.
However, gaining access to the Vision Pro developer kit comes with stringent requirements and safeguards. Developers chosen for the program must provide detailed sizing information through a specialized “Measure and Fit” app, which leverages the iPhone’s camera to determine the perfect fit for components like the Head Band and Light Seals. Additionally, developers may need to share information about their vision and whether they wear glasses, as prescription lenses from Zeiss may be provided directly to them.
The security measures surrounding the Vision Pro developer kit are remarkably strict. Apple insists that all usage and storage of the kit take place in a private and secure workspace accessible only by the authorized developer. This means a fully enclosed space with solid doors, floors, walls, and ceiling, complete with locks to ensure that unauthorized individuals, including family, friends, and household employees, cannot access the kit.
Moreover, when the developer kit is in use, it must be under the developer’s direct control at all times, either on their person or within their immediate line of sight. It is required to be passcode protected, and developers are explicitly instructed never to leave it unattended. During downtime, the kit must be turned off and stored in a locked Pelican case, kept in a secure space accessible only to the authorized developer, such as a locked room, closet, safe, or drawer.
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In a bid to maintain accountability, Apple is employing its AirTag technology to track Vision Pro developer kits that may be at risk of loss or theft. The AirTag’s tracking capabilities allow Apple to stay informed about the whereabouts of the headsets and, if necessary, take appropriate action to recover them. Developers are even provided with a workflow for unpairing the AirTag when returning the kit, emphasizing Apple’s commitment to security.
Despite the excitement surrounding the Vision Pro developer kit program, Apple has kept information about its rollout tightly under wraps. It remains unclear when the first kits will be delivered to developers or how many lucky individuals have been granted approval for this exclusive opportunity.