Apple’s mixed reality headset has officially launched, and with the first Vision Pro reviews now out, attention is turning to what’s available and what’s not. Some major apps aren’t supported, but Adobe has made a move that could appeal to creators: it’s launching native Adobe Firefly and Lightroom apps for VisionOS.
Firstly, Adobe Firefly. It’s the first time Adobe’s generative AI toolset has been made available for the XR, and the experience is designed specifically for VisionOS. Users can create and display artwork on the headsets’ large, immersive displays, arrange images in different ways, and drag them from the main app window to place on walls, desks, and real-world spaces.
Adobe says there’s more to come. It plans to add the ability to create wraparound panoramas, 360-degree environments, and more. As with Adobe Firefly on other platforms, all content created on Vision Pro will automatically have content credentials attached and labeled as AI.
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Meanwhile, Adobe Lightroom, the software giant’s popular photo editing software, is also available on Apple Vision Pro. Adobe promises immersive photo editing experiences, allowing users to edit images wider than a traditional screen in order to get closer to details, experience the magic of wide-frame panoramas, and relive video memories.
Adobe hasn’t told us whether it plans to bring other Creative Cloud software, such as Photoshop and Illustrator, to the headset.
What apps are available for Apple Vision Pro?
So what is available and what is not? Apple has assured us that over 600 native VisionOS apps will be available at launch. These are apps designed specifically for the Apple Vision Pro’s “spatial computing” experience. It says there are a million other compatible apps available on the App Store.
Basically, there are two types of apps available when we talk about Vision Pro: native apps that are specifically optimized for VisionOS to deliver a more immersive experience, and compatible apps designed for iOS/iPadOS. The latter is not optimized for headphones. They will still work but will only appear in the window.
Notable absences include Netflix, YouTube and Spotify, which say they neither plan native apps nor make existing iPhone or iPad apps compatible. This means that you will only be able to use these platforms on Vision Pro via their websites using the Safari browser.
However, a large number of media and entertainment companies have native apps already available or in the pipeline. Native apps include Disney Plus, Max, MUBI, NBA, Numerics, Slack, TikTok, and Zoom. There are also several Microsoft Office 365 apps, MindNode for brainstorming with thought bubbles that float around the user space, OmniFocus and OmniPlan for visualizing data and project management, and Game Room, which features mixed reality or fully virtual versions of board games like chess and solitaire. .
So far, the Apple Vision Pro is only available in the US, and there’s no release date yet for the rest of the world. Since most of our team are based in the UK, we haven’t been able to review it ourselves, but we’ve put together a roundup of what people are saying in Vision Pro reviews in the US media, and most reviewers agree it’s the best headphone they’ve ever used.
That $3,499 puts it outside most people’s budgets, but offering a new, immersive way to use Adobe’s popular creative apps might make a dent in some creatives. These tools are not available for the likes of Meta Quest Pro (although there are many creative VR apps for other platforms, such as Google’s Tilt Brush).
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