Earlier this year at WWDC, Apple showcased their vision of Augmented Reality and announced its stunning Augmented Reality platform called ARKit. After the developer conference, all eyes were fixed on the new iPhone hardware to make use of the ARKit. With the launch of iPhone 8, 8 plus and iPhone X, Apple has launched a series of smart phones that is going to help Apple write the history of AR in the coming years.

iPhone X, 8 & 8 plus designed for the ultimate Augmented Reality experience

Augmented Reality is the ‘Next Big Thing’ and it is one of the major technology trends that is expected to dominate in the years to come. Those who are unfamiliar with this hot tech? Augmented Reality shows computer generated images that let you see virtual objects in the real world where users are transported into an entirely digital environment through their smart screens.

Alongside hardware reveals at the event, Atli Mar Sveinsson, CEO of Directive Games showcased its first competitive multiplayer game ‘The Machines’ designed to be played entirely in augmented reality. Moreover, we have seen a number of great demos that highlight the potential of ARKit in real time.

At first ‘Pokémon Go’ was one of Augmented Reality’s huge success and now ‘The Machines’, the future of AR gaming looks bright as it will have a huge impact on mobile gaming. Whereas, ARKit opens up huge possibilities that are making it easier for developers to make AR apps. By building an easy-to-use AR framework into iOS 11 itself, developers can simply use Apple’s tools to quickly implement augmented reality into their applications.

With Apple’s introduction to ARKit, excitement escalates through the development community as it is giving developers an opportunity to build AR apps leading to realistic AR experiences for millions of iOS users. This proves that ARKit will be a grand incursion into the tech for Apple.

ARKit will not only revolutionize domains like interior design, photo filters, media but also Augmented Reality in Education and health care has wide reaching implications that will transform both Medical and Education sector.

Having said that, the significance of ARKit is huge. The tool has been designed to provide advanced Augmented Reality features to consumers in iOS 11.  Which will help not only to expand the Apple’s user base but also this technology is set to revolutionize the way in which we interact with our devices and the world around us.

In conclusion, the launch of ARKit is just a first step in a huge paradigm shift. As this breakthrough technology is entirely directed towards creating innovative and new experiences for both developers as well as consumers. And with Apple backing AR, we can expect to see a whole lot of exciting new AR applications in coming years.

-By Sadia Mehmood, Business Development Executive @onebytellc