A look at the newest augmented reality apps coming to ARKit

Along with the launch of iOS 11 yesterday Apple has managed to turn millions of iPhones into augmented reality capable devices thanks to the new ARKit developer framework. Developers are now able to craft AR experiences on iPhones and iPads using their built-in cameras, motion sensors and processors.

You can now download and test some of these new AR apps by downloading them from the App Store. These range from everyday tools to games to apps that can help you achieve a healthier lifestyle.


Splitter Critters

Use your finger to swipe and split a colorful landscape and guide aliens back into their spaceship while you avoid enemies and solve puzzles in the process.

Egg, Inc. 

This is a farming simulation game where you hatch eggs, build hen houses, hire drivers and research technologies to work on updating your egg farm.

Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade 

Control an Imperial Knight war machine and fight the evil forces of Chaos through 170 single player missions where you can use canons, missiles and thermal blasts to defeat your enemies.

Thomas & Friends Minis 

With this you can build, paint and decorate entire train sets and control characters from Thomas & Friends while guiding them through your own train set.



This is an app for the popular retail website that allows you to shop and discover deals on furniture items and more.


With this you can generate your home’s entire floor plan using AR. The app’s creators have said that this is good for homeowners, flooring companies, interior designers and home renovation professionals.


You can shop for new and used cars on this app’s extensive database.


With Cubit you have access to measuring tools with more in store in future updates.


Fitness AR

This app syncs with Strava and gives you new access to your workouts, runs, biking sessions and more.

Night Sky 5 

This personal planetarium lets you identify stars, planets, constellations and satellites.


There are a number of other notable apps available on the App Store for you to check out including:

To use ARKit-enabled apps you need to have a device that runs on iOS 11 therefore it must have an A9, A10 or A11 processor. At present this means that ARKit can run on iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. For iPads you can use the 9.7 inch iPad Pro (both older and newer models) or the 10.5 inch or 12.9 inch iPad Pro.

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