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June 2017 - April 2018


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 April 18

Now you can play Star Wars Jedi Challenges Holochess on your iPhone without an AR headset

Lenovo’s Star Wars Jedi Challenges kit might be a cheaper AR headset than some of its rivals, but it’s still an expensive way to play a few Star Wars games …

ARKit Stories March 29

We learned yesterday that there have been 13 million downloads of augmented reality apps powered by ARKit, and USA Today has plans to increase that number.

It has announced that it will soon be launching an AR app that allows you to do some launching of your own. 3-2-1 Launch is an app that allows you to assemble, launch and land an AR rocket …

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ARKit Stories March 28

Apple officially launched its new ARKit framework as part of iOS 11, allowing developers to build applications for iPhone and iPad based around augmented reality. Now that iOS 11 has been available for just over 6 months, app analytics firm SensorTower has some data on the popularity of ARKit applications…

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ARKit Stories March 22

AR app turns your iPhone X into a useful IKEA furniture instruction manual [Video]

A new app concept gives us a look at how AR can be leveraged to create a better experience than using paper instruction manuals. Specifically, AssembleAR shows what it looks like to use AR to help put together IKEA furniture.

ARKit Stories March 15

After The Ring horror scene, developer creates AR version of Street Fighter II [Video]

Developer Abhishek Singh is certainly having fun with ARKit at present. Shortly after creating a creepy augmented reality scene from the horror movie The Ring, he has now created an AR version of the classic arcade game Street Fighter II …

ARKit Stories March 13

Developer behind AR Super Mario creates creepy ARKit version of The Ring horror scene [Video]

A developer who previously created an augmented reality version of Super Mario for the Hololens has used ARKit and Unity to create a super-creepy AR scene from The Ring

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