The Apple Vision Pro App Store Will Include Your Favorite iPhone And iPad Apps

People who buy the new Apple Vision Pro when it goes on sale in early 2024 will be able to enjoy using most of their favorite iPhone and iPad apps.

Apple confirmed that the Vision Pro App Store will be populated with iPhone and iPad apps in a post on the company’s developer website that highlighted the move.

Apps will automatically be available in the new App Store, assuming they’re compatible. And Apple says that most of them will be.

Starting this fall, an upcoming developer beta release of visionOS will include the App Store. By default, your iPad and/or iPhone apps will be published automatically on the App Store on Apple Vision Pro. Most frameworks available in iPadOS and iOS are also included in visionOS, which means nearly all iPad and iPhone apps can run on visionOS, unmodified. Customers will be able to use your apps on visionOS early next year when Apple Vision Pro becomes available.

Developers of apps that do require any additional work will be notified, and it appears that they can choose to remove functionality and offer alternatives if specific required hardware or features aren’t available on Vision Pro. Apple seems to want to make sure that as many apps are available as possible at launch.

There will of course be special Vision Pro apps on offer, but it remains to be seen how plentiful they will be come launch day. We still don’t know exactly when that will be, but Apple has said that the new headset will launch in early 2024.

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