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June 2017 - December 2017


Apple introduced its platform for developing augmented reality experiences for iPhone and iPad at WWDC 2017 in June. One of the most impressive aspects of the new platform is that new or specific hardware isn’t required, any of Apple’s iPhones or iPads with an A9, A10 chip or newer will be compatible with the platform.

ARKit apps will arrive to the public with the release of iOS 11 and Apple has claimed it will be the largest AR platform in the world. We’ve already seen a wide-range of uses for augmented reality as developers create and prepare new apps. And augmented reality may become much bigger than virtual reality (at least for now) thanks to ARKit.

Tim Cook has said “I regard it [AR] as a big idea like the smartphone.” He’s also shared “I’m excited about Augmented Reality because unlike Virtual Reality which closes the world out, AR allows individuals to be present in the world but hopefully allows an improvement on what’s happening presently.

ARKit Stories December 1

LEGO has unveiled its latest app, AR Studio, which uses Apple’s ARKit to bring together a digital and physical LEGO experience.

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ARKit Stories November 29

Popular furniture company Williams-Sonoma is today joining the growing list of retailers adopting Apple’s ARKit framework. The company announced a new iOS for its Pottery Barn brand that allows users to place furniture in their home using ARKit…

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Apple unleashed its augmented reality tools with iOS 11 back in September, and next month Pérez Art Museum Miami will launch its first exhibit that uses ARKit on iPhones and iPads.

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ARKit Stories November 1

Along with launching today’s Countdown to Black Friday 2017, Amazon updated its iOS app to include a new feature for the holiday shopping season called ‘AR View’. Leaning heavily on Apple’s own ARKit, this new feature allows customers to virtually place products in their home “allowing them to visualize the aesthetic” prior to purchasing. (Also Amazon is currently offering a $50 iTunes gift card for $42.50. That’s 15% off.)

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ARKit Stories October 11

In a new interview with fashion magazine Vogue, Tim Cook made a bold prediction about the future of augmented reality and brands. The Apple CEO also continued to downplay rumors of the company releasing smart glasses anytime soon…

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ARKit Stories September 28

An augmented reality drone simulator powered by Apple’s ARKit allows users to fly a virtual quadrocopter wherever they are.

“ARKit is a game-changer,” says Taylor Moore, co-founder of CircleSquare Entertainment. “We were actually working very hard on a drone racing game – but dropped everything when we realized that we could offer iOS users the kind of augmented reality no one has ever seen before. DroneTopolis AR is like having a Drone in your Pocket.”

You can fly your virtual drone in places the real thing wouldn’t be allowed, fly through virtual ‘hoops’ and record and stream your flights to share with friends …

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