Google is reportedly planning to make a YouTube app for the app Apple Vision Pro. The Verge he says A YouTube spokesperson confirmed the company’s plans to develop a native Vision Pro app, while also optimizing YouTube for Safari. The U-turn comes after developer Christian Selig (creator of Reddit’s infamous Apollo app that killed off in 2023) launched an unofficial YouTube app. Apple’s $3,500 headset.
“We’re excited to see the launch of Vision Pro and support it by ensuring YouTube users have a great experience in Safari,” YouTube spokeswoman Jessica Gibby wrote in an email. The VergeNilay Patel. “We don’t have any specific plans to share at this time, but we can confirm that the Vision Pro app is on our roadmap.”
Although Vision Pro Launched with over 600 native appsYouTube said this on January 19 They had no plans for the Vision Pro program. (Netflix another high profile stop.) Additionally, a YouTube spokesperson told Engadget at the time that it had no plans to make its iPad app available in the visionOS App Store. Porting iPad apps is a (relatively) quick and easy way for developers to bring their software to Apple. a “spatial computing” device.
Something changed the company’s mind in the last two and a half weeks. One theory is Apple’s mixed reality headset, despite its $3,500 price tag. looks like a strong start Because the most loyal and pocket fans of the company quickly collected pre-orders. Well-sourced analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimated that Apple sold between 160,000 and 180,000 headphones during its opening weekend.
Another theory is that YouTube has seen an independent developer run loose. Christian Selig, creator The now defunct Apollo for Reddit appturned on an unofficial third-party YouTube app is called Juno which exists in the beginning. Selig has significant credibility and authority among Apple device users: He is a former Apple developer and creator of one of iOS users’ favorite Reddit apps (before the company controversial API rules efficient killed most of the third-party Reddit apps).
“YouTube is probably one of the parts of the internet I use the most, so I was a little sad when YouTube announced that it had no plans to make a visionOS app and disabled the option to download the iPad app. ” Selig explained last week blog post. “It leaves you with Safari and the website is fine, but it doesn’t necessarily feel like a visionOS app.”