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Roundup: Some of the best AR apps available now on iOS 11
Apple's public release of iOS 11 yesterday includes a lot of great new updates. One of the most anticipated new features is the ability for iPhones and iPads with an A9 chip or later to run augmented reality apps made possible by Apple's ARKit platform. Let's take a look at some of the best AR enabled apps available now.
Since Apple announced ARKit back at WWDC in June, we've seen a lot of impressive demos from developers. From the IKEA virtual furnishing app, to powerful measuring tools, real-world navigation to games, education, or creative uses it quickly became clear that AR on iOS would be a game changer.
In a recent interview, Tim Cook said that while AR isn't anything new, Apple is “…taking the complex and making it simple. We want everybody to be able to use AR.” He also added that “in one day we can make AR available for hundreds of millions of people.”
An updated App Store comes with iOS 11 that features some of the new AR enabled apps. However, there are also many worthwhile ones that aren't featured. Let's take a look at some of the most interesting and useful AR apps available now which we've broken down into the categories of fun/creative, games, utility/shopping, and learning/education below.
Keep in mind that even if your device doesn't support ARKit, you can still buy the following apps (which has led to some negative reviews from some unaware customers). While each developer may vary, Apple states that any iPhone or iPad with an A9 processor or later is compatible to run apps built with ARKit. That includes the iPhone SE/6s and later, along with the iPad Pro models.
Also make sure to note whether the app you're looking at is iPhone/iPad compatible or iPhone only. Lookout for the warning, particularly when browsing AR apps on iPad that says “This app requires specific features not available on this device.”