ARKit apps hit the app store after iOS 11 has launched, but app makers and Apple got a head-start, teasing its potential. Here are the coolest upcoming ARKit-based apps, as well as some really awesome demos we've seen of what ARKit can do.
Actually dissecting a once-living frog is a feat not all students can, nor want to, do. You know what's a lot nicer? Using Froggipedia to slice open a virtual Kermit, since it supports the Apple Pencil, which is a lot less dangerous than an actual scalpel. Oh, and the best part? No cleanup.
Since a class trip down the white-water rapids is both expensive and slightly dangerous, the World Wildlife Fund has got the next best thing. Free Rivers allows you to place interactive models of real locations — including the Himalayas, the African savannah and southeast Asian deltas — on a tabletop, for classroom edification and enjoyment. Kids can even take control, with options to create dams to properly manage water.
In Boulevard AR, you can bring artistic masterworks into your own room, without going through the work of stealing them from your nearest museum. Feel free to walk up as close as you'd like to each statue and painting, to see it in exquisite detail. Augmented reality technology allows you to virtually hang these works on your wall, as if you were holding them yourself.
Apple's promoted a new feature in development by American Airlines that turns its app into a living map at the airport. Overlaid real-time information will help travelers find their departing gate, as well as restaurants and restrooms.
One of our favorite AR apps yet, Chalk uses augmented reality technology to supercharge tech support for the 21st century. Chalk sets up a video call between two devices, where the person getting advice points their rear camera at whatever they need explained to them, and the other person draws on their own screen as they speak their suggestions. The person getting the help sees those doodles live, appearing on their screen, falling on the specific buttons, knobs and other parts of what they're looking at.
Requires an iPhone 6s or later, a 5th Gen iPad or later or a iPad Pro from 2015 or later.
What if you could bring Jurassic Park to you? Monster Park leverages ARKit to drop terrifying dinosaurs in the safest place: augmented reality. This way, it only looks like Monster Park's roster of ravaging dinosaurs, which includes the tyrannosaurus rex, pteranodons and triceratops, are causing a scene in your neighborhood. Not only can you capture photos and videos of these scenes, but surface support allows you to place them onto smaller areas, such as tables.
At its Sept. 12 event, Apple teased a new ARKit-based game called The Machines. It's a competitive multiplayer co-op strategy game that involves players (either in online networked play, or locally in the same room) shooting at each other and destroying bases. As one player rotated their device, the sound of the game adjusted based around real world obstacles that would obscure traveling sound.