Apple is rolling out iOS 11 today, its mobile operating system that’s compatible with “hundreds of millions of devices” including iPhones going back to the iPhone 5s, and a variety of recent iPads. If your device is able to update (check here), that means you may be getting a number of features like an optimized App Store and a sleeker user interface, but it also means you can start to delve into the world of augmented reality too.
While there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to find apps that have updated to include ARKit support, we rounded up a few that you can download today, and a few more that are sure to drop in the coming weeks.
Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade
When a young Imperial Knight sees their noble house destroyed by the twisted forces of Chaos, they join forces with the Dark Angels Space Marines chapter as a Freeblade. Experience an epic story in over 170 single player missions as you command your Freeblade on a journey of honour, redemption and vengeance. Test your skills and patrol the world of Tarnis to slay endless invaders.
Witness your Knight in the REAL WORLD with this new augmented reality photo mode for ARKit compatible devices!
CARROT Weather is a crazy-powerful weather app that delivers hilariously twisted forecasts.
Use AR mode to ‘CARROT’ into your world. Just don’t poke her ocular sensor.
One Drop Diabetes Management
Sync health data from thousands of apps via Health app, including: Dexcom, One Touch, Accu-Chek, Agamatrix, iHealth, Dario, Garmin, Fitbit, Nike+, UP by Jawbone, Misfit, Pebble, Human, Strava, My Fitness Pal, Lose it!, Lark, Weight Watchers, Withings. Also includes scheduled medicine reminders and glucose pump data.
Visualize your Daily Moments and Glucose in Range graphs in AR. To check it out: tap on your stats, then tap on the cube icon in the upper right.
Complete Anatomy 2018 +Courses (iPad only)
Transform your anatomical learning with Complete Anatomy. Explore the most detailed 3D anatomy model ever created, with incredible levels of anatomical accuracy and high fidelity textures. Discover a rich Library of reference content created by subject matter experts. Share your work and collaborate with your classmates and teachers.
Bring the full 3D anatomical model into the real world through augmented reality. Tap the AR Mode button to open the camera, select a flat surface to place the model, and view it from any side and any angle. Your anatomy atlas has never been this real. (Available for iPad Pro users on iOS 11 only)
Coming from Directive Games, The Machines was demoed on-stage at the iPhone X unveiling. The competitive multiplayer RTS lets you duke it out with your friends in the same room in augmented reality. Using two Apple iPhone 8s, the developers played a quick match to show off the little tabletop game.
The AR update to Sky Guide, also teased during the iPhone X event, will allow you to overlay constellations on top of the sky, apparently whether its day or night, so you can finally learn something beyond the Little Dipper and Orion’s Belt.
MLB.com At Bat
Also shown at the iPhone X event last week was a new AR mode for MLB.com At Bat, which overlays player data on top of real-time games.
IKEA Place is said to give you a catalog of 2,000 AR items, including all of the company’s sofas, armchairs, footstools, coffee tables and cabinets.
Although not specified yet, LEGO is also working with ARKit to produce an AR-capable version of its software.
We’ll have our eye on more apps to come, but remember, while the greater iOS 11 ecosystem has access to AR today, some of the larger unreleased apps might come in sync with the iPhone 8 launch later this week, and then later in November for the iPhone X.