The highly anticipated Apple Vision Pro headset, set to launch on February 2, faces a significant drawback as Spotify, YouTube, and Netflix opt not to release separate applications for the device.
YouTube and Netflix Advocate Browser Usage
In a statement, YouTube and Netflix recommended using the web browser on Vision Pro for content consumption. YouTube assured users they could access the platform through Safari on Vision Pro, mirroring Netflix’s decision.
Spotify’s No Plans for a Dedicated App
Contrary to some expectations, Spotify has no immediate plans to release a standalone application for VisionOS, the operating system of the Vision Pro headset. Users won’t have the option to run the iPad app, but the service may still be accessible through a web browser.
Alternative Entertainment Options
Despite the absence of key apps, the Vision Pro will offer a variety of entertainment applications such as Disney+, Max, Peacock, ESPN, and Amazon Prime Video. Apple claims support for over a million games in the Vision Pro App Store.
Implications for Vision Pro Users
The absence of dedicated apps from major streaming services at launch is deemed a substantial drawback, notes NIX Solutions. YouTube, in particular, holds historical significance as one of the first apps pre-installed on Apple’s initial iPad in 2010. While YouTube and Spotify haven’t disclosed reasons for their decision, the potential for future support remains uncertain.
Notably, YouTube and Spotify apps, already available for iPhone and iPad, are expected to be default options in the Vision Pro store. Developers must actively opt out if they choose not to support the headset. Comparable apps, like Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, also currently lack Vision Pro compatibility, leaving room for potential updates with the device’s release.