ARKit is probably the most talked about feature in iOS 11. The SDK has allowed developers to create fantastic AR apps. From letting you accurately measure things, create 3D models of your room to place animated GIFs around your place, they are primed to augment your real world. Wish to explore some of them? Head over to take a glimpse of the best AR apps for iPhone and iPad. (Jump over here to catch up with best AR games for iPhone and iPad.)
ARKit supports A9, A10, and A11 processors. Therefore, you can download AR apps only on these following iOS devices like, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPad Pro (9.7, 10.5, or 12.9) – 1st gen and 2nd gen, iPad 2017, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
Best iPhone and iPad AR Apps
#1. FITNESS AR
If you are a fitness freak, you shouldn't miss out on FITNESS AR. It allows you to visualize your routes on a 3D terrain map powered by Mapbox. You can connect with the strava app to visualize your runs and bike ride.
It also has a screen-recording feature that lets you pan and zoom through your routes to create a video. You can also shave the video to the Camera Roll and share it with your friend.
TAPMEASURE is designed to be a handy spatial utility app which anyone will find very useful. However, it can be a must-have for interior designers, architects, contractors, real estate agents, appraisers. What makes this app stand out is the ability to let you create quick approximate 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.
#3. 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 a great pick for you.
With the use of this app, you can virtually place the 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 perfect fit in there. You can also share your place via Facebook, Twitter and even order the products you want to buy.
#4. Carrot Weather
Carrot Weather had already been one of my favorite weather apps. But with the introduction of 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.
#5. World Brush
If you are fond of painting, you will love using World Brush. With this AR app, you can paint with brushes on the real world around you.
It allows you to create some different designs. The best thing about this app is that the drawings stay at that location unless you delete them. Your drawings can be viewed by World Brush users. Besides, you can also like, dislike and even report your feedback about any painting.
Looking for a better app to let you create 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.
#7. AR MeasureKit
AR MeasureKit excels in letting you measure different things with the use of your device' camera. This AR app turns your iOS device into an amazing measuring scale. It consists of seven measuring tools like the ruler, angles, trajectory, marker pin, person's height, cube, and level.
You can easily visualize how big something is, find out the height of any person, check if anything is vertical or horizontal, measure corners of any objects and more. Even better it also allows you to accurately measure a painting on your wall.
#8. GIPHY World
GIPHY World has brought real life to GIFs and stickers! This AR app allows you to add the animated GIFs around you. You can record the video of your creation and blast it on social networking sites. As it features a huge GIPHY collection, you can instantly find out a cool AR powered GIF to spice up your communication.
The one word that can ideally describe Holo is “Hilarious!” This app allows you to add 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.
#10. Paint Space AR
What about drawing amazing art in the air? Try out Paint Space AR to take your love for drawing to the next level. With this app, you will be able to use a variety of brushes and colors to bring life to your creativity.
Insert some of your memorable photos and funny videos from your iOS device and put them anywhere in the real world. Make the most of the effects like snow, rain, and fireworks to add more appeal to your masterpiece. And, don't forget to snap the photo and video of your creativity to send social media into a frenzy!
That's all! I guess you have liked exploring the list along with me.
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 any top augmented reality app missing in this list, do let us know that as well. 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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