Apple’s iOS 11 will make AR a legitimately cool thing this year

“Later this year, Apple will release the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 11, for iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads, and it may well cause you to question the very nature of reality,” Mike Murphy writes for Quartz.

“The operating system features a software framework called ARKit, which allows iOS devices to see and track the world through their cameras, and correlate that to the motion of the device,” Murphy writes. “The result is that developers can now build augmented reality applications using the full power of the device they’re running on. And even though this new software is still in the testing phase, developers have started showing off some amazing demonstrations.”

“Many of the early demonstrations have revolved around the idea of using an iOS device as a ‘portal’ to another world,” Murphy writes. “This could look like recreating A-ha’s seminal ‘Take On Me’ music video:”

Some more examples of early ARKit work:

Read more, and see more examples, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: First through the lens of your iPhone and eventually through glasses and, then, contact lenses and/or implants, augmented reality is going to change the world!

And, it’s all going to start in mere weeks!

I’ve underestimated the speed of ARKit adoption – July 26, 2017
Augmented Reality will change the way we make decisions – July 21, 2017
Apple’s ARKit is accelerating augmented reality development – July 18, 2017
iOS 11’s killer feature: Apple’s ARKit augmented reality platform – July 17, 2017
Led by Apple, the augmented reality boom will transform smartphones and business – July 15, 2017
Why augmented reality on the iPhone will leave Google’s Android sucking fumes – July 14, 2017
Apple’s billion devices provide a massive augmented reality edge over Google – July 13, 2017
Apple’s next-gen iPhone to feature rear-facing 3D laser for augmented reality and autofocus – July 13, 2017
Augmented Reality: Apple’s revolutionary offering leaves Google’s Android woefully behind – June 26, 2017
Apple’s AR is much closer to reality than Google’s – June 26, 2017
IKEA’s forthcoming Augmented Reality furniture app powered by Apple’s ARKit – June 19, 2017
Apple’s single most important WWDC 2017 announcement: ARKit – June 11, 2017
Apple CEO Cook discusses philosophy behind HomePod, ARKit’s potential market impact – June 6, 2017
Overnight, Apple will own the world’s largest augmented reality platform – June 7, 2017

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Sarah” for the heads up.]


    1. Well considering that it is still beta and hasn’t been widely released, only a fool would consider debating anything about it (especially considering both “cool” and “useful” are subjective). From the examples shown after only several weeks in developers hands, I’d say it’s off to a great start.

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