Get Ready for ARKit 2

Build unparalleled augmented reality experiences for hundreds of millions of users on iOS — the biggest AR platform in the world. With ARKit 2 on iOS 12, your AR apps can now be experienced by multiple users simultaneously, and resumed at a later time in the same state. You can also incorporate real-world objects into your AR experiences, giving your users even greater immersive opportunities.


SwiftShot: Creating a Game for Augmented Reality

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Persistent AR Experiences

Now your apps can provide AR experiences that persist between sessions, and can be resumed at a later time. Users can start an AR puzzle on a table and come back to it later in the same state, or tackle an interior decorating project over multiple days without having to start over.

Shared AR Experiences

AR apps are no longer limited to a single person or device participating in an AR experience. Now multiple users can use their iOS device to simultaneously view AR experiences or play multiplayer games. Bystanders can even spectate AR games being played by multiple participants.

Object Detection and Tracking

ARKit 1.5 added support for 2D image detection, letting you trigger an AR experience based on 2D images like posters, artwork, or signs. ARKit 2 extends this support to offer full 2D image tracking, so you can incorporate movable objects like product boxes or magazines into your AR experiences. ARKit 2 also adds the ability to detect known 3D objects like sculptures, toys, or furniture.

Quick Look Objects in 3D and AR

Building upon open Universal Scene Description, usdz is the new file format for displaying and sharing 3D content natively in iOS, with optimizations for storage and sharing. On iOS 12, built-in apps such as Safari, Messages, Mail, News, and Notes can natively Quick Look usdz files of virtual objects in 3D or AR. You can embed Quick Look views in your apps, too. Users see incredible detailed renderings, including reflections of real world surroundings in shiny virtual objects.

Watch “Integrating Apps and Content with AR Quick Look”

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AR on the App Store

See the unique apps and games that other developers have created with ARKit. If you’re working on creating an amazing experience with ARKit and would like to share it with us, let us know.

View on the App Store