Build unparalleled augmented reality experiences for hundreds of millions of users on iOS 11 — the biggest AR platform in the world. ARKit blends digital objects and information with the environment around you, taking apps far beyond the screen and freeing them to interact with the real world in entirely new ways.

Hardware and Software Integration

TrueDepth Camera

iPhone X and ARKit enable a revolutionary capability for robust face tracking in augmented reality apps. Using the TrueDepth camera, your app can detect the position, topology, and expression of the user’s face, all with high accuracy and in real time, making it easy to apply live selfie effects or use facial expressions to drive a 3D character.

Visual Inertial Odometry

ARKit uses Visual Inertial Odometry (VIO) to accurately track the world around it. VIO fuses camera sensor data with Core Motion data. These two inputs allow the device to sense how it moves within a room with a high degree of accuracy, and without any additional calibration.

Scene Understanding and Lighting Estimation

With ARKit, iPhone and iPad can analyze the scene presented by the camera view and find horizontal and vertical planes in the room, and can track and place objects on smaller feature points as well. ARKit also makes use of the camera sensor to estimate the total amount of light available in a scene and applies the correct amount of lighting to virtual objects.

High Performance Hardware and Rendering Optimizations

ARKit runs on the Apple A9, A10, and A11 processors. These processors deliver breakthrough performance that enables fast scene understanding and lets you build detailed and compelling virtual content on top of real-world scenes. You can take advantage of the optimizations for ARKit in Metal, SceneKit, and third-party tools like Unity and Unreal Engine.

Design and Development Resources

Download the latest version of Xcode, and use these resources to create apps and games for ARKit 1.0 and ARKit 1.5.

Xcode 9 and iOS 11

Download iOS 11 and the latest version of Xcode 9, which includes the iOS 11 SDK to build AR features in your app today.

Design and Review Guidelines

Use these guidelines as you plan your apps and games to help you successfully design immersive augmented reality experiences.

Discussion Forum

AR on the App Store

See the unique apps and games that other developers have created with ARKit.

View on the App Store

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