With AR, or augmented reality, iPhone and iPad owners can work, play, and explore in immersive environments in the comfort of their own homes. Using AR, you overlay virtual items onto the world around you as a fun, creative, and powerful way to combine elements from both realities. You can play games using your living room as the playground, manipulate animated objects on your kitchen table, discover how a virtual cabinet or dresser would look in your bedroom, try on a pair of virtual glasses to see how they look on your face, and more.
To pave the way for AR apps on iOS, Apple introduced its ARKit augmented reality platform with iOS 11 in 2017, which allowed developers to design AR games and other apps for iPhones and iPads. To run ARKit-inspired apps on your end, you need iOS 11 or higher and an iOS device powered by an A9 chip or later (iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and above and iPhone SE, the newest iPad, iPad Air, and iPad mini plus all iPad Pro models).
You don’t need anything special to use an AR app. Your camera does the heavy lifting. The first time you open an AR app, you may be asked to allow it access to your camera. The only other requirement is a large and flat surface on which the action takes place, such as a floor, table, or wall. Now, let’s look at 10 cool AR apps for the iPhone or iPad.