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ARKit in iOS 11: amazing augmented reality demos

As we know from WWDC last month, Apple is investing big in augmented reality (AR) this year.

With iOS 11, Apple is introducing a framework called ARKit to make it easier for developers to build apps that realistically blend virtual objects with real ones through the camera of an iPhone or iPad.

Although it’s still a couple of months until all this stuff properly sees the light of day, some eager devs have already started posting their experiments online for the world to see – and some of this stuff is super impressive.

iDownloadBlog has rounded up some of the best demo videos, to see what sort of things your Apple device will be capable of come September. One guy couldn’t wait for his Tesla Model 3, so has built an app in which he can drive a virtual one down the road outside his house. Someone else has created an app for previewing meals in a restaurant, while our favorite one so far mixes augmented reality with virtual reality to create a portal to another dimension in the middle of a regular street. Check that one out below, or click through to see the rest of the AR demos in full.

This is just a taste of what’s to come, and if rookie solo developers can produce stuff this cool within a month of the platform launching, just imagine what we’re in for over the next few months and years!

Read more: everything you need to know about iOS 11