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The Vision Pro is Apple’s biggest launch in a decade — but not everyone is coming to the welcome party.
Tensions between the tech giant and the developer community are threatening to rain on the company’s new launch. Let’s dive in…
Major companies avoiding Vision Pro apps
Disney demos HoloTile floor for shared VR experiences
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The Rundown: Several major apps including Netflix, YouTube, and Spotify will not offer dedicated experiences for the upcoming Apple Vision Pro headset — leaving consumers forced to access popular platforms in-browser via Safari.
Netflix and YouTube, which both compete with Apple in the streaming space — confirmed that they will not be releasing native apps as of now.
Bloomberg reported that Spotify will also refrain from an integration on the headsets, with rumors that Meta and Google apps will also be absent.
Apple simplified Vision Pro app development by automatically including iPad apps, but some developers are still holding off.
Despite the notable holdouts, over a dozen entertainment apps have already pledged support, including TikTok, streaming services, sports leagues and more.
Why it matters: It’s going to be tough to have a great experience on the Vision Pro if the most-used apps are all missing from the headset. Apple’s failure to play nice with competing tech firms may be driving this power play — and could seriously hamper the company’s most pivotal launch in a decade.
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The Rundown: Disney Imagineer Lanny Smoot showed off the HoloTile floor — a treadmill-style floor that enables multiple people to have shared virtual reality experiences.
HoloTile uses rotating tiles to simulate realistic multi-directional movement in VR without users leaving the floor area.
The surface can enable experiences like collaborative VR sightseeing, games, training, and other applications with natural walking motion.
Smoot said he sees potential for HoloTile at Disney's parks and venues— like using it as a stage insert for new types of dance performances or dynamic set changes.
Why it matters: Is this a key breakthrough towards more immersive, shared virtual reality experiences? Between increases in robotics and AI — alongside more mainstream adoption via headsets like the Vision Pro, the ‘Ready Player One’ era of VR may be here soon.
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