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The Vision Pro, which launched on Friday starts with entertainment apps such as Disney+, Max, PGA Tour Vision, NBA, and Red Bull TV. Users will also have access to productivity tools including Box, which allows them to collaborate and securely manage files and content, the brainstorming app MindNode, Microsoft 365 productivity apps, data visualization and project management apps OmniFocus and OmniPlan, as well as apps such as Fantastical and Numerics, according to a report in Mashable. As far as games go, a subscription to Apple Arcade will give users access to 250 games on the Vision Pro, including NBA 2K24 Arcade Edition, Sonic Dream Team, and TMNT Splintered Fate. Titles created specifically for the Vision Pro include Synth Riders, LEGO Builder’s Journey, Super Fruit Ninja, and more. Finally, users will also get access to apps such as Carrot Weather, a spatial version of the snarky weather app, and The Archive, which will allow them to explore locations and artifacts from the Stark Trek universe, among others. It won’t be just 600 apps at launch; Vision Pro users will also have access to more than 1 million iOS and iPadOS apps which are compatible with Vision Pro, as per the Mashable report. “Apple Vision Pro is unlocking the imaginations of our worldwide developer community, and we’re inspired by the range of spatial experiences they’ve created for this exciting new platform,” Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations, said in a statement. It will be tough to get the $3,499 headset at launch, as it was effectively sold out soon after pre-orders became available in January. Apple’s Vision Pro could very well be the most important new product Apple will launch this decade. It’s a whole new product category for Apple, with a new, accompanying software platform called visionOS and an app ecosystem to match. It’s no wonder, then, that Apple has been extremely careful about how it handles this launch. The company invited only a handful of journalists for in-person briefings, and handed out review units to an even smaller group of people, whose embargoes for the review lifted on Tuesday. Perhaps the most important takeaway is that there’s just so much to cover about the Vision Pro. There’s the display tech, the sensors, the user interface, the comfort, the weight, the accessories — the list goes on. There’s also so much this thing can do; you could use the Vision Pro as an everyday work machine (or a virtual extension of your physical computer), or it could just be an entertainment device, a social device, or a gaming gadget.