Apple on Thursday launched an replace for the TestFlight app that gives help for apps developed for the primary visionOS beta. This may enable builders to quickly start beta testing apps developed to be used with the Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional headset.
“TestFlight now helps visionOS apps for inner and exterior testing, in addition to testing iOS and iPadOS apps on visionOS,” says Apple’s developer replace.
Whereas builders don’t but have entry to an Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional headset for testing, Apple has plans to offer Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional developer kits later this month. Builders might want to apply to obtain a equipment, at which era they probably might be required to purchase a pre-release Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional headset. The acquisition worth will probably embody entry to developer labs, technical help, beta software program, dialogue boards, and plenty of different sources.
Apple final provided a developer equipment when it unveiled the primary Mac mini that was powered by Apple silicon in 2020. The “Developer Transition Package” (DTK) was supplied to ease builders’ transitioning from the Intel processors beforehand utilized in Macs to the M1 Apple silicon chip. Apple bought the Mac mini computer systems to builders for $500. Nonetheless, builders had been required to return the models as soon as the testing program ended.
For improvement functions, these DTK Mac mini models had been really powered by the identical A12Z chip utilized in Apple’s 2020 iPad Professional; the true M1 chip didn’t seem till Apple formally launched the primary Apple silicon MacBook Air later that yr.
Apple can also be planning to open Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional developer labs in Cupertino, London, Munich, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo the place builders can get further assist with their visionOS apps.
Apple launched a visionOS software program builders equipment final month that enables builders to design app experiences for customers that might be obtainable throughout quite a few classes, reminiscent of gaming, design, productiveness, and extra.
Beginning this month, builders can port their 3D apps and video games created with Unity to Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional, permitting them to take full benefit of the Imaginative and prescient Professional headset’s capabilities.
visionOS boasts a three-dimensional interface that makes digital content material seem like current in the true world. It permits customers to regulate apps to any dimension, whereas additionally permitting them to position apps wherever they’d like within the headset’s digital area. Customers will use a mixture of their eyes, palms, and voice to flick through apps, faucet their fingers to pick out, flick their wrist to scroll, and use their voice to dictate to apps.
Customers can alter the extent of immersion in visionOS, and might both view content material that seems to be obtainable of their precise environment or use a digital atmosphere that makes the true world disappear. visionOS will embody a number of environments that can be utilized as a backdrop, and wearers will be capable of management the atmosphere immersion with only a twist of the headset’s Digital Crown.
Along with visionOS, the replace of TestFlight additionally brings help for the Xcode 15 beta for macOS Sonoma, tvOS 17, iOS 17, iPadOS 17, and watchOS 10.
Builders which might be concerned about designing new apps for Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional can go to developer.apple.com/visionos for extra info.