Despite previously reported worries about developer interest in the Vision Pro headset, downloads of the visionOS software development kit (SDK) appear to have exceeded Apple’s expectations.
Apple executives stated that developers have shown a lot of interest in Vision Pro in an interview with Digital Trends. The statement follows worries raised by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman last month, who said that the developer labs had been “under-filled with small amounts of developers.” Any developer who wants to test the Vision Pro must fly to Apple’s headquarters in California because the company does not offer U.S. developer labs outside of Cupertino.
However, Apple’s vice president of worldwide developer relations Susan Prescott noted that there was “extremely high, three-digit customer satisfaction for the labs that we’ve run so far.”
According to Steve Sinclair, senior director of product marketing for Apple Vision Pro, “the number of SDK downloads has exceeded our expectations,” suggesting that developers are particularly interested in Vision Pro. Since the end of June, developers have been able to build and test apps for the device in advance of its introduction in early 2024 thanks to the visionOS simulator.