In a surprising turn of events, YouTube and Spotify have followed in the footsteps of Netflix, deciding against offering a dedicated app for the highly expected Apple Vision Pro. This development implies that users of the Apple Vision Pro will initially miss out on the convenience of accessing these popular streaming platforms when the device launches on February 2.
The reason behind the disagreement
YouTube, Spotify, and Netflix are skipping the launch party for Apple’s Vision Pro, possibly due to disagreements with Apple over app store practices. Spotify hasn’t announced plans for a Vision Pro app, and YouTube won’t have a dedicated app but can be accessed through the built-in web browser.
YouTube users are directed to Safari
A statement from a YouTube spokesperson, as reported by Bloomberg, has revealed that YouTube users will have to resort to accessing the platform through Safari on the Vision Pro at launch. Additionally, the report highlighted that YouTube currently has no plans to enable its iPad app for compatibility with the Apple Vision Pro.
Netflix picks browser access over Vision Pro app
Netflix, a pioneer in the streaming industry, echoes a similar sentiment. A Netflix spokesperson informed Bloomberg that members can enjoy Netflix on the Vision Pro through the web browser, akin to the experience on Macs. Although the absence of dedicated apps may disappoint some users, Netflix is confident in its alternative approach.
Apps that support Vision Pro
The streaming apps available for Vision Pro include Disney+, ESPN+, Max, Discovery+, Amazon Prime Video, Paramount+, Peacock, Pluto TV, Tubi, Fubo, Crunchyroll, TikTok, NBA, MLB, and PGA Tour. Apple Vision Pro users can also buy or rent over 150 3D-immersive movies.
Vision Pro pre-bookings date and pricing
Pre-bookings for the Apple Vision Pro started on January 19, and the device will be available in Apple Stores and online from February 2. The Vision Pro competes with other virtual and augmented reality products, including Meta’s more affordable Quest 3, priced at $500.
YouTube, Spotify, and Netflix don’t have special apps for the new Apple Vision Pro at first. But the Vision Pro wants to offer lots of entertainment choices through its App Store. We’ll have to wait and see if YouTube, Spotify, and Netflix decide to join the Vision Pro platform in the future.