Right after iOS 11’s release App Store is going to get flooded with ARKit based applications that will allow users to do fun and useful things using their device’s camera. The Augmented Reality apps are going to change the way we use our smartphones and with huge iOS 11 install base they are quickly going to become a standard.
Google knows how big Augmented Reality is going to get in the near future, that is why the company has launched rival AR platform ARCore for Android devices.
In mid-September when iOS 11 becomes available ARKit will quickly become the biggest Augmented Reality platform on the planet. There’s no doubt that developers have already adopted the platform and we will see more and more apps releasing on the platform in the very near future.
While most of the iOS devices will support ARKit, there are still minimum requirements for the hardware to be able to run the power hungry AR applications. Apple has already announced that any device that has A9 chip or later will support ARKit apps, provided it is running iOS 11 or later. So a device with A9 chip, A9X chip, A10 chip and A10X chip will fully support ARKit apps once you update it to iOS 11.
Needless to say A11 chip based devices that Apple is expected to announce at its September media event including iPhone 8, iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will also support ARKit right out of the box.
Full compatibility list of iOS devices that will support ARKit Augmented Reality Apps
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone SE
- iPad Pro 10.5-inch
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch second generation
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch first generation
- iPad Pro 9.7-inch
- iPad 2017 ($329 budget iPad)
Modern iOS devices that don’t support ARKit
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 5s
- iPad Air 2
- iPad mini 4th generation
- iPod touch 6th generation
It is interesting to see that not only these modern iOS devices are widely used around the world by millions, but some of them such as the iPad mini 4, iPod touch 6th generation are also available for purchase from Apple.com.