Apple starts accepting applications for Vision Pro labs, developer kits and compatibility evaluations

Apple finally starts accepting applications from developers on visionOS apps.

Apple Vision Pro compatibility evaluations

Apple could provide feedback on app behavior on Vision Pro device.

Apple Developer: Apple Vision Pro compatibility evaluations (Submit a request)

Apple Vision Pro developer labs

Developers will be able to test apps on Apple Vision Pro. Developers will use their own development environment to the lab. Apple experts will be available to help with setup and troubleshooting.
Vision Pro developer labs are available in Cupertino, London, Munich, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo.

Apple recommends one designer and one engineer attend the lab. Each member will need to submit a request separately for the same day and location.

Apple Developer: Apple Vision Pro developer labs (Submit a request)

Apple Vision Pro developer kit

Apple will load Vision Pro developer kit to developers, and also support with device and onboarding, regular check-ins with app development, and two additional technical support requests.

Developers will need to submit a application brief with their request in order to be reviewed.

Apple Developer: Apple Vision Pro developer kit (Submit a request)

Apple Developer: Take your apps and games beyond the visionOS simulator


Game Porting Toolkit gets first update

Game Porting Toolkit gets update to beta 1.0.2. This update brings significant performance improvements as long as some important compatibility enhancements bringing support for games previously failed to be ported.

Researches highlight that some games are running better on Apple Silicon Pro and Max chips rather than Ultra chips.

Andrew Tsai made some tests with this update and was able to confirm these performance improvements.

Download: Game porting toolkit beta 1.0.2


New OS releases drop support for older devices

New OS releases mean that some of older devices are left behind. This is true for iOS 16, watchOS 9, macOS 13 Ventura.

iOS 16 will not be available for iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 and original iPhone SE.

iPadOS 16 will be provided for:

  • iPad Pro
  • iPad Air (3rd generation and later)
  • iPad (5th generation and later)
  • iPad mini (5th generation and later)

watchOS 9 leaves Apple Watch Series 3 behind. Which is a bit strange since Series 3 are still sold by Apple as entry-level model.

macOS 13 Ventura also drops support for several older Macs. Currently supported are:

  • iMac (2017 and later)
  • ‌iMac‌ Pro
  • MacBook Air (2018 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (2017 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2019 and later)
  • Mac mini (2018 and later)
  • MacBook (2017 and later)