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Developing Augmented Reality Apps for the Upcoming Vision Pro

Updated: Nov 3, 2023

Anticipating the Release of Apple’s Vision Pro

The tech world is buzzing with anticipation as Apple prepares to release its groundbreaking AR headset, the Vision Pro. While it hasn't been officially released yet, developers and app managers are already gearing up to harness its potential.

woman using augmented reality headset

The Evolution of Augmented Reality

Augmented reality as we know it has come a long way since its inception. Outside of advanced pilot and military applications, most people’s initial use cases were limited to simple overlays of digital information onto real-world objects, typically only accessible through smartphones. With the advent of AR wearables like the HoloLens, Magic Leap, Oculus Quest 3, and the Vision Pro, the possibilities have exploded. These headsets take AR to a new level, offering a hands-free, immersive, and interactive experience that can change industries.


Why Build an App Specifically for the Vision Pro?

If you run an already-existing app that works on iOS, we encourage you to consider whether you could benefit from also making it available on this new headset. You might be wondering, “Hey DAS Labs, what’s the payoff? Why should I invest my time and effort in developing augmented reality apps for the Vision Pro?” I asked our AR engineers, and I’m here to give you the answers.


Enhanced Spatial Awareness

One of the greatest advantages of the Vision Pro is the heightened level of spatial awareness it provides. This improves the accuracy of the device’s understanding of physical objects in its field of view, and creates an even more immersive and seamless experience for the user.


Empowering Feature-Rich Apps

Compared to smartphones, the Vision Pro is considerably more powerful. It offers enhanced functionality and usability, making it a versatile tool for a wide range of applications. This power allows developers to create more complex and feature-rich apps that can truly immerse users in their digital worlds.


Hands-Free Functionality

Users can interact with their apps while keeping their hands free for other tasks, which is a game-changer for a wide range of industries and use cases. Whether your app helps in navigating a complex industrial environment or is in the business of depicting blueprint visualizations for homes, the Vision Pro offers a level of immersion that traditional screens simply can't match.


Augmented Reality for Work and Play

The potential use cases for the Vision Pro are vast and diverse, making it an attractive platform for app developers.


Industrial Applications

Industries such as manufacturing, architecture, and data visualization can benefit immensely from the Vision Pro. Imagine creating blueprint visualizations for houses or digital twin models of factories, all with the convenience of augmented reality. This level of visualization can streamline complex processes and provide users with a better understanding of the project at hand.


Data Visualization

Data visualization is another area where the Vision Pro can shine. It can help professionals better understand complex datasets by rendering them in 3D space, allowing for deeper insights and more effective decision-making.


Personal and Entertainment

When many people hear “augmented reality app,” they immediately picture a teenager who can’t be bothered to stop playing his game to eat dinner. While there will surely be some members of that demographic using the Vision Pro, we speculate that Apple will try to market this headset more toward a mature, working audience. We might see a higher proportion of games to entertain adults, rather than the Minecraft crowd.


Competition and Market Focus

It's essential to consider how the Vision Pro fits into the broader market. While many associate AR headsets with gaming, Apple's Vision Pro is likely to be marketed more toward adults and industrial use. This positioning may lead to competition with devices like the HoloLens in industrial settings, where its advanced capabilities can make a significant impact.


Ready, Set… Start Planning!

If you're eager to start developing AR apps for the Vision Pro, you’re not alone. In many ways, it’s still early to develop finished apps for the headset (at least, as of writing this article in October of 2023). But, the simulator is available, and now is a fantastic time to schedule a consultation and start planning.


The Simulator Experience

The simulator for the Vision Pro provides an accurate reflection of the user experience on the headset, allowing you to test and optimize your apps. This means you can start working on your app ideas even before getting your hands on the actual device, streamlining the development process.


Challenges with Unity Spatial Apps

However, it's worth noting that Unity spatial apps may face some delays in compatibility. While Unity apps can seamlessly integrate with iOS, the lack of access to cameras within the Vision Pro complicates the incorporation of AR features in regular apps at the moment. As a result, the timeline for Unity spatial apps to be available on the Vision Pro remains uncertain.


Schedule a Free Consultation

The Apple Vision Pro is on the horizon, promising a new era in augmented reality experiences. To learn more and kickstart your journey into the world of Vision Pro development, request a free consultation today.


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