Get a Touch of Augmented Reality in iOS 11 Beta

· Jeff Butts · Cool Stuff Found

Maps gives us a taste of augmented reality in iOS 11 beta. Okay, Apple hasn’t made its ARKit technology fully available yet. Still, that can’t stop Cupertino from including the technology in the latest beta of iOS 11. To see it, you need only do a Flyover in one of the supported cities. Interestingly, not all of the listed cities are still available for Flyover – Akron, Ohio was not, but Cleveland, Ohio was. When you tap Flyover, you’ll enjoy an AR-fueled view. You’ll love flying over the buildings like a superhero as you walk around panning and tilting your iPhone camera. It’s definitely worthy of the name “Cool Stuff Found.” Watch it in action below, and be sure to look at our coverage of other ARKit demonstrations available. Tip o’ the hat to Leon Nisenfeld, a MGG listener and follower on Facebook, for cluing us into this find.

Report Says Apple Glasses Coming in 2020

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple wants to bring augmented reality, or AR, to the iPhone and then glasses

Apple is going to start shipping its augmented reality glasses in 2020, or so says Gene Munster from Loup Ventures.

An Augmented Reality Tape Measure Is Way Cooler Than It Sounds

· Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

Introduced at WWDC 2017 as part of iOS 11, Apple’s ARKit will provide the tools for developers to tap into the increasingly popular and important world of augmented reality. And now that the iOS 11 betas are in developers’ hands, we’re getting some amazing first looks at what AR on the iPhone and iPad will soon deliver. One of the coolest is AR Measure, a tape measuring app that is way cooler than it sounds. Check out the video demo, below.

Ikea Wants You to Shop for Furniture with AR in iOS 11

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

College students and recently single grown ups, rejoice! Ikea is Apple’s augmented reality launch partner, which means you’ll be able to try out furniture in your home or apartment through your iPhone or iPad. Ikea plans to let you view furniture from their catalog in your rooms without having to make a trip to your local store. Just take photos of your rooms and place photorealistic furniture where ever you want to decide if it looks good, or even fits, before you buy. The retailer is committed to its AR push in a big way, too, because it plans to show new products in the app before they appear in other places. Ikea is shooting to have their app ready to go when iOS 11 officially launches this fall.

Ikea Wants You to Shop for Furniture with AR in iOS 11

Here are 6 of Our Favorite iOS 11 ARKit Demonstrations

· Jeff Gamet · News

iOS 11 ARKit demonstrations on YouTube

The beta version of iOS 11 has been in developer’s hands for only a few days and we’re already seeing some impressive examples of what’s possible with ARKit augmented reality.

Apple is Converting Mac Pro From a Fad to a Monster Graphics Platform

· John Martellaro · Editorial

Capt. Picard and Lt. Cmdr Data.

In 2008, the venerable cheese grater Mac Pro was designed for Apple customers who needed high end performance and expandability. In 2013, Apple shifted gears and saw the Mac Pro as an iconic desktop system with great performance if one shared the company’s vision for both industrial design and OpenCL. Now, it appears that Apple sees the Mac Pro as a platform that will support its future initiatives. Can Apple hold to that pattern? That abiding faith in high end computation and visualization? A new trademark filing suggests Apple now sees the light.

Apple Snags Another AR/VR Expert, this Time from NASA

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple augmented reality

Apple has hired another expert in the fields of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Bloomberg reported that Apple has hired Jeff Norris, an 18-year veteran of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Apple's Unplanned Augmented Reality Leak - TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-21

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Apple’s employee injury reports are giving us a clue into the company’s augmented reality plans. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Butts join Jeff Gamet to talk about what Apple’s augmented reality plans may be, and how wearable technology may play in.

Apple Injury Reports Hint at Augmented Reality Glasses

· Jeff Gamet · News

Laser related eye injuries hint at Apple's augmented reality plans

Thanks to a leaked health and safety report we have some clues into what projects Apple is working on, and it looks like augmented reality glasses may be on that list. Two employees suffered from eye injuries from lasers attached to some form of headgear, which sounds a lot like a wearable augmented reality device.

Facebook, Apple, and Augmented Reality - TMO Daily Observations 2017-04-19

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Facebook just announced its augmented reality platform and Apple has already said it’s very interested in AR. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Facebook’s augmented reality plans, what Apple may be working on, and how apps today are preparing us for an augmented reality future.

Facebook's Augmented Reality Plans Just Opened the Door for Apple

· Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Facebook launching its own augmented reality platform

Facebook is embracing augmented reality and its platform will be something we already have: our smartphones. That’s good news for Apple because Facebook just set bar for what the average user will expect, and it very likely plays into Apple’s own plans for augmented reality on the iPhone.