Apple plans to automatically integrate iPhone and iPad apps into the new App Store for its new Apple Vision Pro headset. Already in the fall, the company will release a beta version of visionOS, within which this integration will be implemented.
Apple is actively preparing to launch a new App Store for its innovative mixed reality headset, Apple Vision Pro. One of the key features of this store will be the automatic inclusion of all compatible applications for iPhone and iPad. On Tuesday, the company confirmed that the new Apple App Store will be released to developers along with a beta version of visionOS this fall.
In the new store, applications for iPad and iPhone will be presented on a par with applications for visionOS. Apple emphasizes that the transfer of applications from iOS and iPadOS to the new mixed reality OS will occur automatically, without additional effort on the part of developers. However, if necessary, developers will be able to optimize their applications to work better on Apple Vision Pro.
“By default, apps from your iPad and/or iPhone will be automatically available in the Apple App Store on Apple Vision Pro,” Apple said. Most of the tools and frameworks used in iPadOS and iOS will also be available in visionOS. This means that most applications from iPad and iPhone will be able to function on visionOS without any changes.
In addition, developers have the opportunity to create unique applications for Apple Vision Pro using the visionOS software development toolkit. Already in July of this year, Apple began accepting applications for development kits for the Apple Vision Pro headset, allowing specialists to familiarize themselves with the new product in advance. We can expect more details about Apple’s plans for the Vision Pro headset during the iPhone 15 presentation, scheduled for September 12.
Apple’s initiative to automatically include iPhone and iPad apps in the App Store for Apple Vision Pro could be a revolutionary step in the development of the app ecosystem for mixed reality devices. This approach will simplify the task for developers and speed up the adaptation of the new platform among users.
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