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These 12 Augmented Reality Experiences On iPhones Already Look Like The Future

Apple developers are already building experimental AR experiences for iOS 11 and some of them look lit AF.

Posted on June 29, 2017, at 10:54 a.m. ET

The next version of iOS, the software that powers your iPhone and iPad, is jam-packed with cool new features, but none of them are as ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ as AR.

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AR, which stands for augmented reality, superimposes digital objects on the real world around you. Apple is building the tech into iOS 11, which will be available as a free download for most iPhones and iPads this fall.

If you've ever played Pokรฉmon Go, you'll be familiar with the concept.


See how both the Pokรฉmon and the ball look like they're bouncing on that stretch of real-world ground? That's essentially what AR looks like.

At WWDC, Apple's annual conference for app developers held earlier this month, the company showed off just how sophisticated its AR technology is. Here's what it demoed onstage.


You'll be able to download AR apps from the App Store this fall, but app developers are already experimenting with building AR experiences using a beta version of iOS 11 โ€” and some of them look LIT AF.

Here's a robot dancing around someone's living room. ๐Ÿค–

๐Ÿ˜ฎ Make no mistake. Children's bedtime stories will forever change in 2017 ๐Ÿ† cheers to the pโ€ฆ

Twitter: @madewithARKit

And a rocket landing in someone's backyard pool. ๐Ÿš€

๐Ÿš€ Watch a Space X Falcon 9 landing in your backyard โ†’ just look through your iPhone ๐Ÿ˜ฎ using #ARkit by @tomasgarciaโ€ฆ

Twitter: @madewithARKit

Someone mapped out their bike ride IRL right on their living room table. ๐Ÿšฒ

My bike ride in AR. (Unity + ARKit + Mapbox + Strava)

Twitter: @madewithARKit

Another developer came up with a cool new way to measure things if you don't have a measuring tape handy. ๐Ÿ“

๐Ÿ”ฅ BOOM ๐Ÿ”ฅ And just like that we have #ARKit measurement app number 2 โ†’ by @laanlabs ๐Ÿ’

Twitter: @madewithARKit

Inevitable, right? ๐Ÿ˜

Here's a plane just floating in space in the middle of a room.

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Check out this person blowing up 8-bit aliens from Space Invaders in an office space like they are the Doom guy. ๐Ÿ‘ฝ

๐Ÿ“ก Here's a Space Invaders shooter game made with #ARKit & #madewithunity. Well done ๐ŸคŸ @dan1one ๐ŸคŸโ€ฆ

Twitter: @madewithARKit

Watch these battleships go at each other in an ocean that's...just a floor. ๐Ÿšข

๐Ÿ‘‰ @ImmersionVR going nuts with office floor AoE ๐ŸŒŠ #ARKit #augmentedreality ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Behold a moon landing in somebody's KITCHEN! ๐ŸŒš

๐ŸŒœ Kitchen Moon Landing by @tomasgarcia (๐Ÿ“ก Listen with sound ๐Ÿ˜‹) ๐Ÿ“ฒ #ARKit

Twitter: @madewithARKit

Hereโ€™s somebody whoโ€™s now basically living INSIDE Minecraft. ๐Ÿ”จ

๐Ÿ˜ฑ You can pretty much forget about getting anything done after this hits ๐Ÿ™ˆ Minecraft for iPhone w/ ARkit & Unityโ€ฆ

Hold your breath as you watch this zombie shuffle down a dark corridor. ๐Ÿ’€

Tracking got a little messed up by the dark but wow! Apples #arkit is nuts.

And if the Widowmaker, the assassin from Overwatch, shows up in your bedroom like this, try not to scream too loudly. ๐Ÿ”ซ

Recorded straight from my phone last night. (Apple's New ARKit + Unity + Overwatch) Have never seen tracking like tโ€ฆ

Yep, me too.