When Apple introduced the Vision Pro mixed reality headset at WWDC 2023 and promised developers to provide a solid set of software tools to create the corresponding software. Apple has now announced in a press release that the tools for developing software for Vision Pro are already available – we’re talking about the visionOS SDK.
According to the company, the developer community will now be able to create a fundamentally new class of “spatial” computing applications that can take full advantage of Vision Pro technologies and are ready to deliver digital content with an image of the real world combine for an outstanding new experience. With the visionOS SDK, developers can use the powerful and unique features of the Vision Pro headset and the visionOS operating system to create new user experiences ranging from design to entertainment.
According to Apple, the visionOS SDK allows developers to interact with their own apps using the new visionOS simulator. The new experience will be built on the same structural foundations known from other Apple platforms, including visualization-enhancing technologies like Xcode, SwiftUI, RealityKit, ARKit, and TestFlight.
Apple also said the company plans to open developer labs in Cupertino, London, Munich, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo as early as next month. These labs offer developers hands-on interaction with Vision Pro to test their applications, while Apple experts provide on-site informational support.
In addition, next month Apple will begin accepting applications from developers interested in obtaining the necessary hardware kit for software developers to use Vision Pro. This allows you to quickly create and test content for the headset. Meanwhile, the visionOS SDK, updated Xcode, Simulator and Reality Composer Pro are already available for Developer Program members on the Apple website.