Apple’s AR future

Augmented reality isn’t just for Pokémon Go anymore. Apple’s new ARKit developer tool will be bringing AR tricks to some of your favorite apps, and allow for new experiences you didn’t expect.

While ARKit apps will hit the app store now that iOS 11 has launched, 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.

Arise

This platform adventure game allows you to drop its world into your home, office, or anywhere else you go. As beautiful as Monument Valley, but less confusing, Arise looks to provide a calming and serene way to game.

InsightHeart

Much more legal than carrying around a cadaver, InsightHeart allows you to drop a transparent human body with a thumping heart onto what you see in front of you. By moving your phone around the animation, walking closer and closer, you’ll learn more about the incredibly vital organ.

The Machines

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.

Thomas & Friends Minis

If you’re looking for a less chaotic game, Thomas & Friends Minis allows kids to build a track — including a moat — on top of a table. Looks a lot safer than buying Junior a train track and giving him a bucket of water.

Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade

Apple also previewed a new Warhammer game, which allows users to bring the giant mechanized warriors of that world into ours, using augmented reality. In the demo, the titans did battle on a local basketball court. No word if they wound up shattering a backboard.

GIPHY World

Everybody loves GIFs, and so it feels right that GIPHY (the best site for finding them) is bringing them into augmented reality. Its upcoming GIPHY World app allows users to drop the moving images into videos and photos, and then share them with friends.

MLB

At its iPhone 8 event, Apple even demonstrated how ARKit can improve America’s national pastime. The MLB’s own app will soon allow fans to place ARKit-powered stats above player’s heads, so they can get more information.

The Walking Dead: Our World

If you’re already worried about a zombie apocalypse, the game The Walking Dead: Our World might feel too real for you. The title brings the hoards of walkers from the popular TV show and graphic novels into our world, but safely restrains them to your screen. A demo shows that the series’ iconic character Michonne will appear in the game, so don’t worry about surviving without allies.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar AR

The most kid-friendly ARKit application we’ve seen so far, this title brings the classic children’s picture-book to life. Since augmented reality apps allow users to move around objects and zoom in and out by walking up and away, The Very Hungry Caterpillar AR will allow your kids to pick and choose the angles of the story they prefer.

Reference: tom’s guide

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Apple's AR futureAugmented reality isn't just for Pokémon Go anymore. Apple's new ARKit developer tool will be bringing AR tricks to some of your favorite apps, and allow for new experiences you didn't expect.While ARKit apps will hit the app store now that iOS 11 has launched, app makers...