apple announced Developers can now apply for the Vision Pro headset on the company’s website.
In addition to the Vision Pro headset, the Dev Kit also includes help setting up the device, code-level support requests, and “check-ins” with Apple experts about designing and developing an app for visionOS.
The company will give priority to applicants who create an app that “takes advantage of VisionOS features and capabilities” — so not the folks at Netflix, who plan to introduce an unmodified iPad app on Vision Pro.
To apply, Apply says you must be an account holder in the Apple Developer Program, where you can specify your team’s development skills and existing apps. Sun Apps CEO Dylan McDermott also tweeted details of Apple’s policy on securing devices — basically, once one is given it’s expected to be completely hidden from view and securely locked away from others at all times.
“You must ensure that unauthorized persons (including any family, friends or domestic workers) do not access, view or manipulate DK.” Other limited access hardware provided by Apple has similar policies Security Research Device iPhonesBut this set of rules is longer and more detailed.
Apple also has Vision Pro developer labs in Cupertino, London, Munich, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo that you can apply to. Apple’s website. A has also been released Compatibility Checklist It will help developers to ensure their app is visionOS ready.
Apple is trying to make it easier to bring iOS and iPadOS apps to the Vision Pro headset because developers don’t have to change anything. However, developers are free to modify their applications for visionOS and create new ones. The Apple Vision Pro will start at $3,499 and will be released in the US early next year.
UPDATE July 24, 3:41PM ET: Added more notes about Apple’s loaner policy.