I’ve underestimated the speed of ARKit adoption

“I’ve underestimated the speed of ARKit adoption. I knew developers had already begun working with Apple’s new AR tech,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld. “I had not realized how advanced some of these solutions have already become in the few weeks since Apple announced iOS 11 at WWDC.”

“I’m used to speculating on iPhone’s becoming wallets and not actually seeing this happen for years,” Evans writes. “I’m not used to speculating about a possibility one week, only to see that possibility realized the following week. And this is what I’m seeing here.”

“Only last week I noted how AR may be used in supermarkets, only to see a product that does just that appear the following week,” Evans writes. “Only last month I noted that ARKit may be used by museums. Now I find it is already in use at a leading air flight exhibition center.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Developers undertand that a readymade market of several hundred million users will be there ready and waiting within weeks. That’s all it takes to trigger this sort of avalanche of apps!

Apple’s ARKit is going to rapidly transform the world! And the also-rans, like Google and it’s Android phone maker leeches, will be left in the dust, gasping for air!

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  1. I think one sees now why Apple were ‘late’ to the party as the so called experts kept telling us. And you know it had nothing to do with their deluded contention that they were having to play catch up to what others were doing. No they as we new from patents over the years, were long working on something that will work on products they had equally been selling for years, not on limited products that had to be specific to the task. That clever use of technology always takes longer but is a superior solution in the end, expecially in the market place. Was beginning to think Apple had lost the knack.

  2. The problem with wallets and Apple Pay has been entrenched banks and merchants, not to mention slow moving government bodies, that have vested interests contrary to Apple’s solutions, regardless of how good they are. They playing field is pretty wide open for AR.

  3. It doesn’t matter how ‘cool’ it is, if an AR solution isn’t more practical, it isn’t going to be used. I really think people in the Bay and to a lesser extent other big cities are woefully out of touch with how little people make use of even things like Apple Pay. I very seldom saw it being used even in the more central parts of California when I lived there, and not at all in the central United States (ditto for Siri, and as for Apple Watch? I have seen exactly two in the wild since they first debuted in my neck of the woods). I cant imagine this’ll be all that different unless you are talking about entertainment apps. Usage numbers are artificially inflated due to the fact that the coasts are so abundantly populated. Maybe that’ll change over time – maybe – but bear in mind it has taken the iPhone and modern smartphones in general, which was much more of a no-brainer, a decade to reach what could be called termed saturation, and even still, a lot of older folks don’t use them to full capacity. I personally believe that virtually every area at the forefront of current tech hype is a red herring of sorts.

    1. I use Apple Pay extensively in the UK and mainland Europe, but encountered very few outlets that would accept it in the US, while Canadians seemed to readily accept Apple Pay.

      Meanwhile in China, paying by smartphone ( mostly using alternatives to Apple Pay ) is taking over from cash, the adoption rate is truly astonishing.

      I’m at a loss to understand why Americans have failed to adopt Apple Pay, but American businesses are generally in the slow lane compared to the rest of the world when it comes to adopting payment technology. Even cellphones were slow to be adopted as a universal personal item in the US. In Europe, most children owned cellphones long before most American adults owned one. Texting was a huge thing in Europe before smartphones, but at the time when every European child could rapidly text using a numeric keyboard, I visited America and my host tried to demonstrate a new “cool” thing on his cellphone. I was puzzled and confused at his demonstration, which he initially took to be wonderment, but my confusion was trying to work out just what he was showing me. All I could see was somebody texting and everybody I knew already did that routinely. It was as though he was trying to demonstrate how to operate something as ubiquitous as a light switch.

      It seems illogical to imply some sort of linkage between the low adoption of Apple Pay in the US with the prospects for a new technology such as AR. If compelling and useful applications are written for ARkit then people will use them, but the first large scale users might not be the Americans.

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