A number of iOS games and apps already include a basic version of augmented reality but now Apple have announced ARKit which will bring enhanced AR capabilities to the next version of the operating system. ARKit will use the camera, motion sensors, and new algorithms to process depth and light rendering.
To demo the new software Apple showed Wingnut AR, which placed a full battle on a coffee table, an enhanced version of Pokémon Go which allowed the balls and creatures to interact with the real world background, and a Batman LEGO symbol.
Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has described AR as the next “big idea” on par with the invention of the smartphone. That sounds a little over the top to me, but with the launch of the new operating system Apple will instantly have the largest AR platform in the world.