Apple Vision Pro Launches Without Key Apps Like YouTube and Netflix

YouTube has decided not to release a dedicated app for the Apple Vision Pro’s upcoming launch, following Netflix’s earlier decision. Users wanting to watch YouTube on the device will need to use the Safari web browser.

A YouTube spokesperson expressed excitement for the Vision Pro launch but did not provide a reason for not releasing a dedicated app. This decision means users won’t be able to access YouTube’s offline downloads feature, particularly inconvenient for watching videos on planes. YouTube does offer an app on the Meta Quest headset.

Netflix had previously confirmed it would not launch a dedicated app for the Vision Pro, nor modify its iPad version for the device. Other companies reportedly not launching compatible apps include Meta-owned platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Threads, and WhatsApp, as well as YouTube Music, Roku, Snapchat, DoorDash, Bumble, and Lyft. This could change by the time Vision Pro launches on February 2.

Spotify also decided against rolling out a new app for Vision Pro and won’t make its iPad app available on the Vision Pro store. The company didn’t confirm any plans regarding the Vision Pro app.

Many media companies are reportedly passing on Apple’s mixed-reality headset, with having apps for the iPhone and iPad. Apple’s policy states that unless developers opt out, their iPad apps will automatically appear in the Vision Pro store. The reluctance from developers might be influenced by Apple’s recent App Store rule changes, which include a 27% fee for out-of-app-store purchases.

With these setbacks, nearly 20 apps are set to launch entertainment experiences on the headset, including TikTok, Disney+, Max, Discovery+, Amazon Prime Video, Paramount+, Peacock, Pluto TV, Tubi, Fubo, Crunchyroll, ESPN, NBA, MLB, PGA Tour, Red Bull TV, IMAX, and MUBI.

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