With the launch of ARKit at WWDC 2017, Apple made it abundantly clear that they had a vested interest in augmented reality technology. Now thanks to a report from TechCrunch, it seems that we can get an idea of what and how Apple’s ARKit can be used in a variety of different apps across the board.
Starting with IKEA, it seems that the app can be used for users to get an idea of how a piece of furniture might look like in their home. Users can rotate furniture pieces and there will be over 2,000 items from IKEA’s catalogue to choose from at the start. There is also apps by Food Network that lets users place and decorate virtual desserts, and also an app by GIPHY World that lets users drop GIFs into the “real world”.
Then there is also an app called Arise which is pretty much a game that lets users place a 3D world of crumbling ruins onto a tabletop, and from there users can help their character navigate it without the need for traditional controls. There is also an app based on the popular children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and there is also a The Walking Dead app where gamers have to fend off zombies and rescue other people.
Basically these apps are taking advantage of ARKit in different ways, some of which are pretty obvious, and some of which are pretty unique. We expect that there will be more apps in the future that will be taking advantage of this platform, so this is just a taste of what’s to come.