Augmented reality is the biggest draw of iOS 12 and it is coming to all Apple devices that have access to iOS 11 as a free update. Apple announced its partnership with multiple industry giants like Adobe, Autodesk, and Pixar to offer AR experiences to its users. The ARKit is available for developers to create augmented reality apps that take advantage of Apple’s tight software and hardware integration.
The USDZ file format is one of the newest additions to iOS and the web. Adobe is one of the leading partners to help Apple push the new filetype with Adobe Creative Cloud integration. USDZ files can contain interactive 3D and AR information and can be integrated into web pages, Adobe apps and can be accessed on iOS devices natively. Adobe is offering a new WYSIWYG editor which will allow users to create USDZ files and view them in real time.
Measure is one of the new apps coming to iOS 12 which takes advantage of the AR technology. The app takes advantage of Apple’s highly precise sensors on its devices to process visual feed from the camera and take measurements of any daily objects. The app does not even require inputs for rectangular objects and can process them very quickly to provide accurate measurements.
A new development kit for AR technology is available for Swift developers. ARKit2 enables developers to integrate facial recognition and tracking, 3D object detection, realistic rendering and more. LEGO is one of the developers that has already worked with Apple to provide AR solutions. LEGO scenes can be brought to life on the platform, allowing up to four people to share the same AR experience and play with LEGO sets.