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Apple Brings Vision Pro Developer Labs To New York And Sydney

Developers in the US and Australia now have easier access to test facilities ahead of the launch next year

iPhone company Apple has shared that it is expanding its Vision Pro developer labs to New York City and Sydney, Australia to provide developers with more locations to test apps on the upcoming headset. 

Apple first launched Vision Pro developer labs in August, allowing developers to try out the headset in person so they can refine visionOS apps for the Vision Pro ahead of its launch next year. Some of the first developer labs were based in Munich, Shanghai, Singapore, Cupertino, London and Tokyo. 

This meant that many developers had to travel long distances if they wanted to try out the Vision Pro in person. The company received criticism for having only one test spot for the Vision Pro in the United States, meaning developers on the East Coast had to travel to Cupertino to use the headset. Any developer can apply to go to a Vision Pro lab, but Apple won’t cover travel costs.

“We’re thrilled with the excitement and enthusiasm from developers around the world at the Apple Vision Pro labs, and we’re pleased to announce new labs in New York City and Sydney,” Apple announced. “Join us to test directly on the device and connect with Apple experts for help with taking your visionOS, iPadOS and iOS apps even further on this exciting new platform.”

While most developers have to come to a developer lab to try out the headset, Apple has also sent Vision Pro developer kits to a few developers, but these kits are limited, and Apple gives priority to apps that make the most of the Vision Pro’s features.

Developers have a good amount of time to work on their ‌visionOS‌ apps before the headset’s release in early 2024 in the United States.

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Isa Muhammad is a writer and video game journalist covering many aspects of entertainment media including the film industry. He's steadily writing his way to the sharp end of journalism and enjoys staying informed. If he's not reading, playing video games or catching up on his favourite TV series, then he's probably writing about them.

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