Following in the footsteps of Netflix, YouTube, owned by Google, has opted not to release a dedicated app for Apple's highly-anticipated mixed reality (MR) headset, Vision Pro. Instead, viewers will need to access YouTube content through the web browser version, similar to Netflix, as reported by TechCrunch.
A YouTube spokesperson mentioned, "We're excited to see Vision Pro launch, and we're supporting it by ensuring YouTube users have a great experience in Safari." The decision not to release a dedicated app for Vision Pro was not accompanied by an explanation, and it remains unclear whether YouTube plans to support the headset with a dedicated app in the future. It's worth noting that YouTube currently offers an app for Meta Quest, a rival headset.
Netflix has also confirmed that it will not create a separate app for Vision Pro, and it will not modify its existing iPad version. Other companies, including Meta-owned Instagram, Facebook, Threads, and WhatsApp, may also be delaying the release of compatible apps for Vision Pro. Notable apps that are currently missing include Bumble, Snapchat, Roku, YouTube Music, and Lyft.
However, some companies have shown willingness to participate. Twenty apps, including TikTok, Disney+, Max, Discovery+, Amazon Prime Video, Paramount+, and Peacock, among others, are set to offer entertainment experiences on the Vision Pro headset. Apple plans to launch Vision Pro in the US on February 2, with pre-orders already underway. The headset will be available starting at $3,499 with 256GB of storage and will be sold at all US Apple Store locations and online.
(With Agency Inputs)