ARKit Apple

Apple released iOS 11 this week, and it includes a lot of updates.  One of the most anticipated updates is the new feature to run augmented reality apps.  This is made possible through Apple’s ARKit platform.  We are going to have a look at what is available.

The IKEA app has been a long time coming it seems like.  It’s the one that Apple certainly keeps talking about, and it is now available.  But there are also some powerful measuring tools, real-world navigation apps, games and educational apps.  In a recent interview, Tim Cook said:

“[Apple is]…taking the complex and making it simple. We want everybody to be able to use AR. In one day we can make AR available for hundreds of millions of people.”

Even if your device doesn’t support ARKit, you can still buy these apps.  But that’s leading to some negative reviews from some unaware customers.  In order to take advantage of the ARKit, you have to have an iPhone or an iPad with an A9 processor.  This includes the iPhone SE/6s or later models.



Not to be confused with Halo.  This app lets you create your own holograms to add to your photos and videos or also browse and use Holo’s collection of celebrities, original characters, and animals.


Paint Space AR

Like Holo, Paint Space AR is a fun, creative app that lets you draw, paint, and add effects to your photos and videos. Paint Space lets you draw in the air with all sorts of brushes and colors. You can insert photos and videos from your device and place them anywhere in the real world. Add special effects like snow, rain, and fireworks to help bring your creations to life. After you are done, you can screenshot or create a video of your creation to share with others. Create an art piece, annotate the real world, hang pictures before you print them, doodle on your car, make the ultimate Instagram post, and more! The only limit is your imagination.

World Brush

Similar to Paint Space AR in that it lets you paint the environment around you, World Brush adds a twist to its app. Every painting is anonymous and is saved at the approximate GPS location where it was created.

Users have the ability to like, dislike and report paintings which hides the bad stuff and showcases the good. We use a scoring algorithm that combines popularity and time of creation to serve up the best content based on your location.


Whether you’d like to create a floor plan for personal or professional use, magicplan offers what looks like the easiest way to get going. The award winning magicplan app lets you create professional floor plans simply by taking pictures. Use magicplan to generate complete job estimates, view your space in 3D, plan DIY projects, or furnish your home. Create floor plans in minutes and edit them with ease. Add objects, photos, annotations, product price lists, tasks, and taxes in a single tap.


An AR puzzle game that has players discover and solve optical illusions ARise sounds like an immersive, inspired app akin to the popular Monument Valley (this is one that has a low rating due to a customer who didn’t realize the hardware requirements).


This app makes indoor and outdoor racing challenges possible with players from around the world and includes 3 different game modes. Just watch your step while you try and focus on the screen as you’re going for that record time.

Stack AR

Stack kind of reminds me of a modern day Tetris, but with AR capabilities.  This simple stacking game bills itself as a way to unwind and relax, although there is a competitive aspect to it as well.

IKEA Place

Many people will find the Place app useful for trying out the wide range of IKEA products in their homes before deciding buy. IKEA Place lets you virtually ‘place’ IKEA products in your space. The app includes 3D and true-to-scale models of everything from sofas and armchairs to footstools and coffee tables. IKEA Place gives you an accurate impression of the furniture’s size, design and functionality in your home so you can stop wondering and start doing.

CARROT Weather

CARROT Weather looks like a fun app on it’s own, and now you have AR built into it, so it’s going to be even more impressive.  CARROT Weather is the humorous and witty weather app that uses Dark Sky’s hyperlocal data to dish out its weather forecasts. It’s now been updated with fun AR features.


Houzz Interior Design Ideas

If you liked the Houzz app before, you’re definitely going to love it now.

Similar to IKEA’s Place, Houzz has been updated to try out an AR version of its many products in your home before you commit to spending your cash. You’ll also find iOS 11 drag and drop support for iPad.

View in My Room 3D is an indispensable tool for your next home project with Apple’s new AR technology available in iOS 11. Preview 500k+ furniture and decor products in 3D at lifesize scale from the Houzz Shop before you buy. Design your room’s layout by positioning products exactly where you want them and experience the full effect by walking around your room. Hold your iPhone or iPad close to virtual products to see realistic materials, textures, surfaces and more. Products are organized in shopping list making it easy to buy the ones you like. Managing your ideabooks is more convenient with iOS 11 drag and drop. Use drag and drop multi-touch to move multiple saved photos, products and sketches between ideabooks. On iPad, use drag and drop to copy files or photos from Safari directly into ideabooks.

Our SolAR

Our SolAR provides a fun and engaging way to experience and learn about our solar system. Our SolAR allows you to see our Solar System anywhere at all! All you do is tilt your device up and you see our whole solar system in your current setting, from your backyard to your bedroom, to wherever! It’s never been more fun to learn about our Solar System!

Sky Guide AR

An amazingly robust app diving deep into astronomy in a user friendly way, Sky Guide AR provides a new AR experience with its latest update. Amazingly, this app has 4.9/5 stars on over 18,000 reviews. A star app has never been more beautiful and easy to use. Just hold it to the sky to automatically find constellations, planets, satellites and more. It’s stargazing fun for all ages and experience levels!

Thomas & Friends Minis

Sure to be popular for those with kiddos, this app lets you create and customize your own train set.  Create your very own train set piece by piece and bring it to life with Thomas and all his friends. Customize endlessly and let your imagination run free with whirly waterslides, frozen loops, rainbow bridges, dino spine rails and more! Climb aboard your favorite Minis engine and experience every twist, turn and stunt! Ready, set, build!


Math Ninja AR

Math Ninja is bringing its popular series to an interactive AR version that looks like a lot of fun. It uses the latest technology, augmented Reality or “AR”, to get kids involved in learning addition. The Math Ninja series have proven to be a big hit in Japan with 2 million downloads and over 600 million problem solved. The Math Ninja Series has especially proven to work with kids who don’t like learning or who fall behind by gaining their interest and building motivation.

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