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Apple’s Vision Pro won’t have access to YouTube and Spotify apps at launch

The much-awaited February 2 release date of the Apple Vision Pro has encountered delays recently because of the decision by key streaming providers, like YouTube, Spotify, and Netflix, to forego creating apps specifically intended for the mixed-reality headset. This article examines the decision’s ramifications and possible effects on users.

YouTube’s Surprising Stand

The internet behemoth YouTube has made the decision not to develop a new software for the Apple Vision Pro. YouTube suggests users use the Safari browser on the Vision Pro to view its content, even though it has a long history with Apple products—it was even pre-installed on the initial iPad in 2010—leaving customers without a specialized app.

Spotify’s Strategic Move

The biggest music streaming service in the world, Spotify, has joined YouTube. It also avoids the visionOS operating system on the Vision Pro. While Spotify subscribers may still access the service via a web browser, the lack of a dedicated app begs the issue of whether major streaming services will work with Apple’s most recent endeavor.

Netflix’s Precedent

Netflix has previously said that it would not be releasing a standalone app for the Vision Pro; instead, customers would need to use a web browser to access the service. The $3,500 headset’s immersive experience is impacted by users’ limits due to the lack of YouTube, Spotify, and Netflix apps at launch.

Developer Opt-Out and Future Possibilities

Although it would have been simple for YouTube and Spotify to enable the Vision Pro by enabling their current iPad apps to function on the device, their choice to decline signals a cautious attitude. Early users may be disappointed by the lack of these popular applications, but if the Vision Pro proves to be successful, it is still possible that specialized apps may be created in the future.

Apple’s Vision Pro App Store Launch

Recently, the Vision Pro App Store was opened, offering programs that work with vision. But the lack of well-known applications like Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Amazon, Google, and Gmail makes one wonder whether there will be more app support for the headgear.

Implications for Users

Users will have to utilize the integrated Safari browser to access YouTube, Spotify, and Netflix as there aren’t any separate apps for these platforms. This restriction might affect the user experience as a whole, possibly leading to problems with web-based interactions and the lack of immersive “Environments” surrounding the information.


In the run-up to its release, the decision by Netflix, Spotify, and YouTube to withhold specialized programs for the Apple Vision Pro is a major step forward. While fans anxiously anticipate the headset’s February 2 arrival, the lack of these significant streaming services begs concerns about the headset’s viability and the willingness of well-known developers to support Apple’s most recent endeavor. The Vision Pro’s future software advancements and how effectively it connects with users might determine its success.

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