What's In Store For The Apple ARKit?
The Apple ARKit is causing a sensation since the company announced that AR will be coming with iOS 11. Developers and investors are already raising their heads and forming a potent community around ARKit. It’s all set to be the first big move of AR to mass adoption in the consumer market.
iOS 11 will be available on all models from the iPhone 5s and up, all of which run on the Apple A9 and A10 processors. Check your device against the list of supported hardware:
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone 7 Plus
9.7-inch iPad (2017 model)
10.5-inch iPad Pro
12.9-inch iPad Pro (2017 model)
9.7-inch iPad Pro (2016 model)
12.9-inch iPad Pro (2016 model)
… and, of course, the iPhone 8
The iPhone 8 launched on 12th September, with iOS 11 set to follow soon after. No OS update has ever been so hotly anticipated.
Just to whet your appetite for what apps to go for with the new update, here’s a selection of some of the best:
1. The Walking Dead: Our World
If you’re a fan of the AMC series, The Walking Dead, or even if you’re not, then you’re probably going to love this. If you’re into the Gaming applications of augmented reality, this is going to be a winner.
2. GIPHY World
Who doesn’t love a good gif, right? Well, how about you get to add moving images to your videos and photos without opening Snapchat? A bit of a silly use of ARKit, to be fair, but a bit of fun never hurt anyone. That being said, these graphics take you back to about 1999, so we’d hope to see something a bit more up-to-date before this app really gets popular.
3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar AR
Let’s face it, there’s going to be loads of kid-friendly ARKit apps before long, but this is the earliest one to hit our screens. Your little ones can see the illustrations from the famous picture book brought to life right in front of them, as they care for their very own Very Hungry Caterpillar.
4. IKEA Place
IKEA has been messing around with AR for a good few years now, but the ARKit is what will really make the brand’s long-time vision come to fruition. You can drop new pieces of furniture into your room at scale, so you can see how a piece of IKEA furniture will fit in your home. It’s a cracking way to sell their product, and we strongly believe that it’s the tip of the iceberg for what’s to come with augmented reality in Retail.
It’s not quite ready yet (still undergoing Kickstarter crowdfunding) but Ridgeline Labs are working on virtual dogs for ARKit. Like a Tamagotchi for dog lovers, RoVR is the closest you’re going to get to your own personal pooch whilst you’re still tied to the daily commute.
These are five of the most popularly shared ARKit apps going around the web at the moment. However, this is far from exhaustive. There are tonnes more very cool apps coming out with ARKit which will be ready for you to download as soon as iOS 11 comes out. Some more that you might want to get your hands on are featured in this video below: