YouTube Joins Netflix, Opts Not to Release Dedicated App for Apple Vision Pro

Following in the footsteps of streaming giant Netflix, Google-owned YouTube has opted not to release a dedicated app for Apple’s highly-anticipated mixed reality (MR) headset, ‘Vision Pro.’ Instead, viewers will have to access YouTube content through the web browser version, according to reports from TechCrunch.

A spokesperson from YouTube expressed support for the launch of Vision Pro, stating, “We’re excited to see Vision Pro launch, and we’re supporting it by ensuring YouTube users have a great experience in Safari.”

While the company did not disclose the specific reasons behind this decision, it remains unclear whether YouTube has plans to develop support for Vision Pro in the future. It’s worth noting that YouTube already offers an app for Meta Quest, a rival headset.

Netflix has similarly confirmed its decision not to create a separate app for Vision Pro, nor will it modify its existing iPad version, according to the report by MacStories. Several other firms, including Meta-owned Instagram, Facebook, Threads, and WhatsApp, are also speculated to be postponing the release of compatible apps. Notable absentees in terms of apps include Bumble, Snapchat, Roku, YouTube Music, Lyft, and others.

Despite these holdouts, a total of twenty apps, including TikTok, Disney+, Max, Discovery+, Amazon Prime Video, Paramount+, and Peacock, among others, have committed to being among the first to provide entertainment experiences on the Vision Pro headset. Apple is set to launch Vision Pro in the US on February 2.

The Vision Pro headset will be available for pre-order starting at $3,499 with 256GB of storage. Apple has announced that it will be available at all US Apple Store locations and online through the US Apple Store.

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