What it is: At Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference, they announced developer tools for augmented reality.
Apple has been busy acquiring various augmented reality companies for the past few years so it’s no surprise that the company announced ARKit, a developer framework for creating augmented reality apps for an iPhone or iPad. By releasing augmented reality frameworks for developers now, Apple is laying the foundation for augmented reality on the next iPhone.
This fall, expect Apple to make a huge announcement about augmented reality and demonstrate various apps that show the benefits and everyday uses of augmented reality. This will likely include indoor mapping and navigation along with more demonstrations of augmented reality by IKEA and LEGO that were shown briefly at Apple’s developer’s conference.
The IKEA demonstration showed how to look at different furniture in a home. Just aim your iPhone or iPad at your own room and you could see different virtual furniture that you might want to buy from IKEA. LEGO demonstrated a virtual LEGO toy that let you view and control a LEGO toy on the screen as if it were actually on a table top.
Of course, just visit YouTube and look for Metaio, a German augmented reality company that Apple acquired, and you can see similar demonstrations by IKEA. Search for other Metaio demonstrations and you can see the future of augmented reality on iOS from looking at different color cars in a showroom to seeing actual film footage of events that occurred when people tried to escape over the Berlin Wall.
Augmented reality is going to be Apple’s big announcement for the next iPhone and they’re clearly preparing developers for that future today. The drawback of augmented reality on iOS is that it will be limited to the iPhone 6s model and up or the iPad Pro model and up. That’s because Apple wants higher processing power to create a smooth augmented reality experience.
Augmented reality may seem like a simple demonstration today, but Apple (and its various companies they’ve acquired) have been experimenting with augmented reality for years. This fall, you’ll be able to see all the real demonstrations of augmented reality and its practical applications. Be ready to update your iPhone or iPad to enjoy augmented reality. This will also help give everyone a reason to upgrade their iPhone and iPad so they can take advantage of the latest uses for augmented reality on iOS.