Development for a new generation of Glassholes
The Apple Vision Pro and so-called spatial computing revolution is indeed coming, with the arrival of a $3500 AR glasses development kit. Cupertino today released its Xcode 15 beta 2 SDK for registered developers, too if unlike some previous AR/VR glasses you don’t get the chance to try the device, only the software. The lack of hardware to test doesn’t mean there’s nothing to learn from this release, as the software is sure to reveal many of the Apple Vision Pro’s capabilities.
The AR glasses will run on something called visionOS, which is being described as quite different from previous Apple operating systems. Apple hopes that the long wait between offering the SDK and actually releasing their AR ski goggles will give developers the ability to design decent software to run on top of the Vision Pro. To assist with this, Apple will create a series of workshops for software developers to show what can be done with glasses and presumably to collaborate with other developers to ensure that there is a decent software ecosystem at launch.
The Registry has also been informed that tools to port Unity games and apps to visionOS will soon be available, though it’s unclear who will want to shell out over $3500 to play spatially.