Augmented Reality
for iOS

Imagine if the line between the virtual and the real simply didn’t exist.

Your classroom could become the cosmos. The past could be as vivid as the present. And the familiar could look like nothing you’ve ever seen.

With iPhone and iPad, those experiences are not only possible, they’re here. Augmented reality is a new way to use technology that transforms how you work, learn, play and connect with almost everything around you. And this is just the beginning.

Welcome to a new world.

AR + Productivity

Superpowers for routine tasks.

Augmented reality is incredibly useful for solving everyday problems. Put furniture into your space to see how it looks and fits in your home. Or navigate complicated spaces without ever looking at a map. Now you can do things you couldn’t imagine before using augmented reality, and discover new ways of doing the things you need to get done today. Your to-do list has never been so interesting.

IKEA Place

Bring it home before you buy it.

IKEA Place lets you imagine how products will look, feel and fit in your home. Without ever having to open your front door.


A more powerful way to work.

GE is beginning to use augmented reality in a variety of ways, like enabling service workers to visualise industrial equipment and repair it with greater efficiency.

American Airlines

Fly to your gate.

American Airlines has developed an AR prototype that overlays real-time information on your surroundings at airport terminals. So you will be able to effortlessly find your way to a coffee, the nearest bathroom and, of course, your departure gate.

AR + Play

Fun that goes beyond the screen.

With augmented reality, the entire world around you is in play. Bring virtual monsters to life in your local park or on your kitchen bench. Or put on a mask to instantly join a fancy-dress party with friends halfway across the globe. By interacting with virtual objects as if they’re in your surroundings, you can immerse yourself in entertainment like you never imagined. The real world is about to get really fun.

My Very Hungry Caterpillar

Rediscover a childhood favourite.

Follow the transformation of your favourite caterpillar off the screen and into your lounge room as the popular children’s book character comes to life in the real world.

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EVE: Project Galaxy

Explore a massive universe.

Colossal space stations, mysterious relics and majestic planets await in the upcoming massively multiplayer online game by the creators of EVE Online.

Monster Park

Take a walk with a tyrannosaurus.

Open a portal to a prehistoric world and watch gigantic, realistic dinosaurs come to life as they roar, play and inhabit your surroundings. Marvel at flying pteranodons or the mighty tyrannosaurus.

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AR + Learning

Learn about the world. By changing how you see it.

Firsthand experience is one of the most powerful ways to learn. And with augmented reality, you can experience just about anything you can imagine. Break down the complicated mechanics of a car engine before touching a spanner. Or analyse the most minute bones of the human body without making a single incision. The possibilities for learning are virtually limitless.

Complete Anatomy

An inner-body experience.

Visualise the human body in intricate detail to learn more about its every part. See the human lung up close, analyse how joints fit together or just count up all those little bones in your hand.

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Education deconstructed.

Take apart objects with the swipe of a finger to unveil more about what they do and how they function. Explore the inner workings of an auto transmission, a pair of headphones or even the layers of the earth.

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Sky Guide

A stellar view of the sky above.

Look up and discover more about every planet, star and comet you can see. And all the ones you can’t. Trace mythical constellations in the night sky. Or track the flight path of the International Space Station.

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AR + iPhone + iPad

The technology that makes AR a reality.

Apple hardware and software have always been designed together for the best experience possible. Now that experience includes augmented reality like you’ve never seen it before. iOS 12 and ARKit 2 take advantage of the powerful hardware in iPhone and iPad to bring the virtual world seamlessly into the real world.

AR gets so real you can share it with friends.

ARKit 2 makes it possible for developers to create augmented reality experiences that you can enjoy simultaneously with friends. Save and return at any time to pick up where you left off. And easily send AR objects through Messages and Mail to be viewed in the real world.

Cameras that reveal more of your world.

iPhone and iPad have been custom-tuned with cameras that are great for shooting in low light and at 60-fps video — the perfect speed for augmented reality applications. And optical image stabilisation enables greater visual clarity, so virtual elements can appear more naturally in your environment.

Graphics and performance that take your reality further.

A12 Bionic isn’t just the smartest and most powerful chip ever in a smartphone — it’s also made for AR. CPU efficiency cores provide enormous processing power to support AR experiences. And the image signal processor enables real-time lighting estimation, making virtual objects appear incredibly realistic.

Motion tracking made for seamless movement.

Effective motion tracking is the key to maintaining the magic of AR. When interacting with a virtual object as if it’s in the real world, your iOS device has to accurately pinpoint the position of the object in relation to the phone. That’s why iOS has been designed to precisely account for the distance between the motion sensors and cameras in every iPhone and iPad — as well as your device’s place in the world around you.

Discover more AR experiences on the App Store.

New apps that take advantage of the power of AR are being developed all the time. And many of your favourite apps are adding new AR features. Find them all now on the App Store.

View augmented reality apps on the App Store

Bring some wonder to the world with ARKit 2.

ARKit 2 is a cutting-edge framework that makes it easy for developers to create captivating augmented reality experiences for iPhone and iPad. Start making something to marvel at today.

Learn more about developing with ARKit 2

Find out if your iOS device works with ARKit 2.*


  • iPhone ten s
  • iPhone ten s Max
  • iPhone ten r
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE


  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)