Apple ARKit to usher in an intriguing, amazing new world

“I’ve spent a day with AR developers, checking out their apps. Some were okay, some were brilliant. Actually, considering developers have only been able to create apps using the ARKit software since early June, what they’ve done is pretty amazing,” David Phelan writes for Forbes. “To be clear, the videos you may have seen are impressive and detailed, but playing the apps directly is a whole other thing. The intimate connection between you and the virtual world has to be seen to be enjoyed.”

“When the App Store arrived in 2008, it was a time when nobody knew exactly how big apps could become,” Phelan writes. “So, this is the dawn of mainstream AR – at launch it will be available on so many iPhones and iPads that it will instantly become the largest installed base of AR equipment.”

Phelan writes, “Not all of it will be worthwhile or even fun, but it’s an intriguing, amazing world in prospect.”

Read more, and check out the ARKit apps, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: AR apps developers are going to experience boom times in less than a month!

Augmented Reality is going to change everything.MacDailyNews, July 21, 2017

The impact of augmented reality cannot be overstated. It will be a paradigm shift larger than the iPhone and the half-assed clones it begat. — MacDailyNews, August 4, 2017

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  1. Seems Google is releasing ARCore, a subset of Tango w/o need for all the extra sensors, in response. Most phones released with at least Android Nougat will be able to use it and Google is targeting 100M supported devices. Even if it doesn’t match ARKit, it may just be what is needed to keep ARKit development on its toes.

  2. Apple and it’s developers don’t need to be kept on their toes by having Google alternatives. Apple keeps on it’s toes by thinking creatively and always striving for the best. Things like 3D facial recognition or ARKit don’t get quickly cobbled together as a response to what Google or anybody else is doing, they are the result of years of effort and building on foundations that Apple created years before that.

    Time and time again, we have seen Apple launch an innovation and all the ducks seems to be in perfect row with each aspect enhancing each other. You don’t do that by copying others. The only way to get all those ducks perfectly aligned is to quietly work behind the scenes with a long-term vision and then deliver the results only when they are truly ready. You can only do that to your own schedule, not when driven by the schedule of somebody else.

    Google’s ARCore is what Google always does. It pretends that it will soon offer the equivalent to what Apple is now doing and will fool many of it’s users and supporters, but if you want it to be properly executed, you need to go to Apple.

  3. ARCore is not cobbled together either, it is the culmination of years of research that first was implemented in Tango. I believe it is a worthy competitor to what Apple is offering with ARKit. I am just saying that with the competition ARCore will offer, it will keep Apple from relaxing their push into AR. The consequence of Apple’s laxity in the past can be observed today in both Siri and Apple TV.

    Google is pushing AR to more platforms including implementing ARCore and ARKit in future Chrome browsers. Apple may have to think about a possible update to Safari to match or risk falling behind in that arena.

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