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In a remarkable move last month, Apple initiated a series of exclusive Vision Pro developer labs, stationed in tech hubs like Cupertino, London, Munich, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo. This groundbreaking initiative grants developers a coveted chance to experience firsthand the innovative potential of the Vision Pro headset.
These immersive, one-day labs pave the way for developers to rigorously test and fine-tune their applications on the revolutionary visionOS platform. With a team of adept Apple professionals on standby, the labs promise to assist developers in both setup and troubleshooting, ensuring a seamless exploration of the headset’s capabilities.
Apple, at the forefront of technological evolution, is now showcasing the exhilarating feedback pouring in from developers who have had the privilege of participating in these avant-garde labs and donning the Vision Pro headset.
David Smith, the ingenious mind behind the Widgetsmith app, candidly shared his experience, “I had spent weeks scrutinizing this creation within the confines of a simulator, grasping its mechanics conceptually. But that was like peering into a confined space. The moment you witness your own application come to life authentically, it triggers an involuntary gasp of astonishment.”
Michael Simmons, the visionary developer responsible for Fantastical and Cardhop, lauded the Vision Pro labs as a veritable “proving ground” for spatial computing. He elaborated, “The encounter with spatial computing not only validated the design paradigms we had been conceiving; it spurred us to transcend the conventional notions of directional navigation. We now find ourselves contemplating realms beyond the confines of traditional boundaries.”
Apple’s commitment to propelling innovation is evident in its open invitation to all registered Apple developers, aged 18 and above, to apply for a chance to attend a Vision Pro lab—completely free of charge. Apple’s official website is the portal through which developers can secure their spot, with additional dates slated through late September across various locations.
The prerequisite for participation is the development of a new visionOS app, an existing iPadOS/iOS app, or a visionary app tailored specifically for the Vision Pro. Apple has vowed to accord priority to those developers who are crafting applications optimized for the Vision Pro’s distinctive capabilities.
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Earlier in August, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg reported a slight initial under-subscription of developers attending these labs. Nonetheless, the tide is expected to turn as awareness about the Vision Pro’s potential ripples through the developer community. Worth noting is the absence of labs on the East Coast of the U.S., and attendees are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses.
Anticipation is fervently building around the impending launch of the Vision Pro, slated for an early 2024 release in the U.S. The global stage will witness its unveiling later in the same year. This technological marvel comes with a price tag of $3,499, positioning itself as a premium offering in the realm of cutting-edge advancements.