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Apple adding App Store to visionOS developer beta this fall

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Apple will be adding the App Store to visionOS this fall, giving developers with access to the Apple Vision Pro an easy way to access iPhone and iPad apps on the headset.

Announced via Apple’s Developer site, a developer beta release of visionOS will include the App store starting this fall. By default, Apple says that iPhone and iPad apps will be published automatically to the App Store on Apple Vision Pro.

Apple has previously assured developers that, in some cases, there will be little work to do to get the iPhone and iPad apps running on visionOS. In the update, Apple says “most frameworks” for iOS and iPadOS are included in visionOS, “which means nearly all iPad and iPhone apps can run on visionOS, unmodified.”

In cases where an app needs a resource that isn’t available on Apple Vision Pro, App Store Connect will indicate the problem and won’t push the app to the visionOS version of the App Store. In such instances, updating the app with alternative functionality or updating the UIRequireDeviceCapabilites will be required.

The App Store won’t be limited to just the headset, as it will be accessible within the visionOS simulator. Apple does offer compatibility evaluations of apps, as well as developer labs that can provide limited access to the headset before its launch, in cases where developers haven’t secured loaner headsets from Apple itself.

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