iOS 11 set for release on 19 September

Apple are due to release the highly anticipated iOS 11 to compatible devices on 19 September, meaning owners of recent Apple devices could have an AR-capable device before the launch of the new iPhone.

The new operating system supports Apple’s big move into the AR space, ARKit, which was released earlier this year. The AR development tool will now be available on hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads after the release of the new flagship smartphone.

The release of iOS 11 makes the experiences so far created using the toolkit available to consumers.

It should be noted that users shouldn’t expect a sudden ability to experience full AR if they download iOS 11 onto their current device, as the developer tools are really targeted at the future of the iPhone and iPad.

The devices that will be able to run ARKit apps are:

  • iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPad Pro
  • iPad (2017)

AR apps demonstrated  

Apple also showcased four AR apps created using ARKit that will be coming to the App Store later in September. Introduced by Senior VP or worldwide marketing Phil Schiller, who called augmented the new iPhone’s cameras ‘third category’, the apps look to highlight what developers can do using the new toolkit.

The Machines

Getting its own on-stage demo, this game lets players compete in a chaotic battlefield against your friends in the same room using AR.

Warhammer 40K: Freeblade

This game had similarities to the ‘AR mode’ of Pokemon Go in that a special AR camera mode allows users to bring characters out of the game and place them in the physical world.

At Bat

This app lets users overlay real-time player information and stats onto the live Major League Baseball games they are watching on TV.

Sky Guide

Learn the constellations wherever you are by overlaying detailed star maps onto the sky.

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