YouTube Confirms Apple Vision Pro App ‘On the Roadmap’

Apple Vision
Apple Vision pro

YouTube is feeling the excitement around the new Apple Vision.

The Google subsidiary released the following statement Monday:

We’re excited to see Vision Pro launch and we’re supporting it by ensuring YouTube users have a great experience in Safari. We do not have any specific plans to share at this time, but can confirm that a Vision Pro app is on our roadmap.

It’s unclear when a YouTube app for the Vision Pro will be available, as Google has taken years to adopt new Apple features in the past. Christian Selig, an Apollo developer, created Juno to fill the gap left by YouTube’s absence on the Vision Pro. Juno allows users to watch YouTube videos on the Vision Pro, but it does not support 360 or 3D content.

Apple has focused its efforts on delivering the best spatial media experience possible, including spatial photos and videos, Apple Immersive Video, and 3D movies available on Apple TV. However, it’s unclear whether YouTube’s eventual app will work with its 3D content.

In some cases, 360 and 3D content can cause motion discomfort, so it’s possible that Apple is prioritizing the user experience by not supporting it on the Vision Pro. Apple is contributing to W3C web standards, including WebXR, which could eventually allow for the viewing of YouTube VR videos on the web using Safari.