As per a report, Netflix will not launch a standalone app for the Apple Vision Pro when it goes on sale in the US next month. The streaming platform’s app is already available for Apple’s iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS operating systems. Apple has allowed app developers to update the tablet versions of their apps to work with visionOS, but Netflix subscribers will not have access to the platform’s content via an app when the headset is launched.
A report from Bloomberg states that Netflix will not provide a dedicated app for customers purchasing Apple’s $3,499 spatial computer when it launches on February 2. The company told the publication that like subscribers who watch Netflix through a web browser on Mac computers, users will have to stream their content without a standalone app on the Vision Pro headset.
Another limitation Netflix users will face when watching content on the Vision Pro, according to the report, include no offline download support, limited video quality settings, and no “Environments,” which means not being able to watch content with an immersive background. The service also significantly limits streaming quality on browsers like Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera though Safari (macOS 11 or later) and Microsoft Edge support streaming at 4K resolution.
Netflix was the most significant absentee on Apple’s list of streaming services offering dedicated apps on the Vision Pro headset. The company announced that several streaming apps would be supported on the Vision Pro including Amazon Prime Video, Crunchyroll, Discovery+, Disney+, ESPN, Fubo, IMAX, MLB, MUBI, Max, NBA, The PGA Tour, Paramount+, Peacock, Pluto TV, Red Bull TV, TikTok, and Tubi.
Customers who purchase the Apple Vision Pro will also have access to 150 3D movies including Avatar: The Way of Water, Dune, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and The Super Mario Bros. Movie. The headset allows viewers to watch videos in 2D and 3D along with Spatial Audio.
However, the lack of a standalone Netflix app for the Apple Vision Pro at launch might make the headset, with its $3,499 price tag, a little less appealing for customers who were looking for a more immersive way to watch their favorite TV shows. It remains to be seen whether Netflix changes its stance if the Vision Pro launches in other markets outside the US.
In conclusion, it is disappointing that Netflix will not be offering a dedicated Apple Vision Pro app at launch. This decision raises concerns about the streaming giant’s commitment to providing the best viewing experience for Apple users. However, it is possible that Netflix may reconsider its stance in the future, especially as the demand for high-quality streaming content continues to grow. In the meantime, Apple users may have to explore alternative options to fully utilize the capabilities of their devices.