Augmented Reality, a.k.a. AR is often quoted as the next big thing. Thanks to this technology, iOS device owners can bridge the gap between their reality and imagination. If you like to explore AR, then you will surely love and enjoy this list of best AR apps for iPhone and iPad.
Using the power of AR, these apps overlay virtual items onto the world around us in a fun, creative, helpful, and compelling way. From measuring things, creating 3D models, or place an animated GIF around your place, they are primed to augment your real world.
Best iPhone and iPad AR Apps in 2020
#1. Google Maps – Transit & Food
The world’s most popular navigation app, “Google Maps,” has jumped on the AR train as well. Dubbed as Live View, you can use Google Maps AR mode to navigate to your preferred navigation by adding virtual signs and directional arrows.
However, the feature is still in its beta phase and only available for limited locations that support Street View. So, if Live View is available at your end, it worth a try. Looking at Google’s track record and the possibilities of the technology, I do have high hoped for the feature.
#2. Google Translate
On the risk of sounding like a Google geek (I don’t mind), I also nominate Google Translate. AR integration has made the app even more useful and user-friendly.
Just snap a photo of the text you don’t understand, and the app will translate the text in the picture in real-time. What’s more, if you have downloaded a specific language pack, the conversion can happen offline as well!!
Whether you are traveling or living in a new place, this app can surely give you a hand to resolve your language-related pickle.
#3. Carrot Weather
Carrot Weather had already been one of my favorite weather apps. But with the introduction of an AR user interface, it’s become a certainty on my device. With this app, you have quickly access current, hourly, and daily forecasts.
Take the full advantage of radar and satellite maps to find out where the big is headed towards. What’s more, you can also customize the app to suit your needs better.
#4. magicplan – 2D/3D floor plans
Looking for a better app to let you create the floor plan more comfortably? You can’t get better than magicplan. Using this app, you will quickly create job estimates, plan DIY projects, view your space in 3D, and even furnish your home to your best liking.
By adding photos, objects, taxes, product price lists, and annotations, you can give the desired look to your project. It allows you to convert your favorite project in several file formats including PDF, JPG, DXF, PNG, SVG, and CSV.
Even better, you will view them in 3D and also share them with your friends.
Price: Free (Standard Subscription – $9.99)
#5. IKEA Place
Want to buy some high-quality furniture for your home and wish to know which one will look at its very best in your beautiful abode? IKEA Place would be an excellent pick for you.
By using this app, you can virtually place IKEA products like sofas, armchairs, footstools, coffee tables, and more in your home. Preview furniture’s design, size, and even functionality.
Use your iPhone’s camera to scan the floor and select the product that perfectly fits in there. You can also share your place via Facebook, Twitter, and even order the products you want to buy.
#6. GIPHY World: AR GIF Stickers
GIPHY World has brought GIFs and stickers into your real life too! This AR app allows you to add the animated GIFs around you; this feature allows you to record the video of your creation and blast it on social networking sites.
Whether you want to fill the room with GIF confetti, draw on the sky, or add a comment on something, all can be done. As it features a vast GIPHY collection, you can instantly find out a cool AR-powered GIF to spice up your communication.
#7. TapMeasure – AR utility
TAPMEASURE is designed to be a handy spatial utility app which anyone will find very useful. However, it can be one of the must-haves for interior designers, architects, contractors, real estate agents, appraisers and others.
What makes this app stand out is the ability to let you create quick, nearly accurate 3D models and measurements. It accurately detects rectangular objects such as doors, windows, artwork, and then quickly add them to your model.
Another notable feature of this app is that it automatically keeps picture frames and artwork perfectly leveled. Even better, it lets you export 3D models of rooms as SKP files.
#8. The Machines
It would be a sin not to include AR games into our list. This particular game has had the honor to be featured in Apple’s Keynote.
In a visually stunning AR world, pledge to destroy your enemies as you take on battles. Your victory or defeat depends on skills, strategic thinking, and ability to maneuver troops in the battle.
The imagery is well supported with 3D sound, graphics, and synchronized gameplay. No matter where you are, The Machines can transport in its world within seconds.
The one word that can ideally describe Holo is “Hilarious!” This app allows you to add a hologram of animals and people into your world. It lets you resize, rotate, and even move holograms so that you can place them flawlessly.
You will be able to walk around the character very much like the way you do in the real world. That’s not all; you can also capture the photo and video of it to share with your friends.
Price: Free (Tianna Gregory – Lights Out – $0.99)
#10. Vuforia Chalk
Vuforia Chalk employs AR to develop a powerful remote guidance app. It used live video, audio, and real-time AR to connect two people. In some way, it’s like making a FaceTime or any other video call.
But you can mark or draw arrows at the real-world objects you both are looking at through the camera. These markings can be seen by both parties involved.
Imagine an expert is instructing a field technician what and how to do specific steps via annotations on the live camera feed. What’s more, the chalk marks accurately stick to the object, even when the camera is shaking or moves around.
What’s Your Favorite?
So, which one of these AR apps has bowled you over! It would be cool to know your favorite app. Just in case you find an augmented reality app worth a mention in this list, let us know in the comment section below.
Rest assured, I will keep on adding more exciting apps to this list so that you can quickly pick a stunner for your iOS device.
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