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With thousands of pre-orders rolling in for the Vision Pro, many consumers are curious about Apple's AR/VR headset and the apps that will come with the new device. Some are from companies you recognize — Disney+, Max, TikTok, Zoom, Reddit and others — and there are plenty of independent developers launching visionOS-optimized apps on Friday. So far, more than 600 apps and games have been developed for Apple Vision Pro, Apple said earlier this week.

From spatial puzzle games to an app that lets you view interior design projects in 3D, here are some visionOS apps from smaller developers that users can try when their headset arrives. We will be adding more to this list as they become available.

Games

Soul Spire

Image Credits: Sole assembly

Soul Spire is a spatial puzzle game developed exclusively for Vision Pro. Players must free friendly little ghosts trapped in color-changing cubes.

black box

Image Credits: Ryan McLeod

Blackbox is a unique spatial puzzle game where, instead of tapping or swiping, players interact with puzzles that appear as bubbles floating in the physical world — in other creative ways, such as singing and spinning, that don't use their hands.

Ploppy couples

Image Credits: Tempuno/Michael Temper

Ploppy Pairs is a card-matching game that can be played with friends and family via SharePlay during FaceTime calls. You can move, scale, and rotate the cards so they appear on the coffee table in front of you, or make them as big as your floor. In addition, Michael Temper — the developer behind Ploppy — asked “Where is Ploppy?” Starting a hidden-object game.

Doodle draw

Image Credits: Sindre Sorhus

Doodle Draw is a simple digital drawing pad where you can brainstorm ideas and use your creativity to sketch doodles with different brushes, pens, markers and colors.

Music

Now playing

Image Credits: ModumHQ

Now Playing is for all your musical knowledge and discovery needs. Search for your favorite song to learn detailed information about artists, see recommendations, experience 3D models of Grammys and other music awards, and earn trophies displayed on a virtual shelf. Thanks to its ShazamKit integration, it can even detect what song is playing in your environment, whether it's a vinyl record or a TV show playing in the background.

Dizzy

Image Credits: Algorithm

DJ app and AI mixer Djay aims to recreate the live DJ experience, featuring an interactive, hyperrealistic 3D turntable with controllable knobs and buttons, diverse futuristic-looking environments/backgrounds, and a built-in music library.

Spool

Music Video Editor Spool allows you to create music videos and add visual effects by tapping the visual pads.

AmazeVR concerts

Image Credits: AmazeVR

AmazeVR concerts allow you to watch live-action 3D footage of your favorite artist in rendered virtual environments. Also available on MetaQuest, AmazeVR has previously hosted VR concerts with T-Pain, Megan Thee Stallion, Zara Larsson and UPSAHL.

A spatial symphony

Spatial Symphony is a synthesizer controlled by hand gestures, acting like an instrument when you wave your hands in the air. There are controls for waveform, reverb, distortion, chorus, scale snapping and more. Additionally, Spatial Symphony includes three-dimensional waveform visualization so that sound waves move towards you in 3D.

Productivity

Mindnode

Image Credits: Mindnode

Mindnode is a visual brainstorming app that helps you outline and organize notes in the form of thought bubbles that float around your virtual space.

Numerology

Image Credits: Synapse

Numerics is a dashboard app that lets you pull in your KPIs from over 90 tools like HubSpot and Google Sheets to view all your tasks in one place.

Omniplan

Image Credits: Omni Group

Introducing a dedicated app for project management tool OmniPlan Vision Pro that lets you visualize Gantt charts in a window the size of your room. Omni Group is also bringing its other apps to the headset, including OmniFocus, OmniGraffle and OmniOutliner.

Zigspace

Image Credits: Zigspace

JigSpace wants to enable anyone to show their ideas using 3D content, audio, video and text in spatial presentations. The company uses its collaboration with the Alfa Romeo F1 team as an example (pictured above), bringing its life-size C43 car to scale.

vision

Focus is a task management app that applies the Pomodoro method. You can start and stop timers and track your progress on various tasks. You can also keep a small focus timer window on the side while you browse other apps. The app is free for the first year on Vision Pro. After that, users can pay an annual fee of $39.99 for use across iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac.

Image Credits: Meaningful things

vision work

If you don't want any task management stuff, but want to create timers, Focused Work is the app for you.

Image Credits: Focused work

Utilities

TGPG

Image Credits: Axel Le Penneck

Tizipizi is a time zone converter and world clock that lets you convert time to schedule a team meeting with staff around the world. The app also lets you compare availability with colleagues and personalize watches by assigning them to a specific event or renaming them to someone who lives in that time zone.

Navi

Image Credits: Good Snooze/Jordi Bruin

Navi translates conversations in real time, allowing you to see live captions during FaceTime calls.

World clock widgets

Well, the name says it all. This is World Clock Widgets for Vision Pro device.

Image Credits: World clock widgets (Opens in a new window)

study

Study snacks

Study Snacks divides the words you are learning into a space and you have to put them together to guess the correct word.

subjects

The Subjects app, which helps students track classes, homework and grades, is launching its version for Vision Pro.

Image Credits: subjects

Other fun apps

Sky Guide

Image Credits: Fifth Star Labs

Sky Guide has reimagined its Constellation Finder app for Apple Vision Pro, giving you an immersive experience built for spatial computing so you can imagine you're stargazing inside your home. The app also uses gaze detection to aim a laser pointer at planets and stars as well as hand gestures to zoom in or draw constellations from the sky.

Planner 5D

Image Credits: Planner 5D

Planner 5D, a 2D/3D home improvement tool, is bringing its interior design features to Vision Pro. Users can view 3D design projects, customize objects using their eyes and hands, explore a large catalog of furniture and home decor, as well as experience renders and 360 panoramas in VR mode.

Elite hoops

Image Credits: Elite hoops

Elite Hoops, the basketball play creation app, has launched its visionOS app so basketball coaches can create plays and defenses and bring their drills to life in their living room.

Juno

Since YouTube decided not to build an app for Vision Pro, indie developer Christian Selig, best known for the third-party Reddit client Apollo, built an app instead. The $5 Juno app uses YouTube's embedded API to load videos into a web view and provides controls for playback. (Read more about Juno here).

Image Credits: Christian Selig

Soka

Söka is a goal tracker app where you can make various bucket lists and track them. It lets you do things like mark the countries you've visited on a virtual map, browse photos to add to your goal with Unsplash integration, and discover new activities.

Image Credits: Soka

meditation

Genitzer

Vision Pro is launching with Apple's Mindfulness. But if you're looking for other apps, Zenitzer has features like meditation timers, daily tracking, and immersive sounds for your session.



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