Here are the iPhones and iPads that Support iOS 11 ARKit

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When Apple showed off iOS 11 at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference earlier this year one of the standout features was ARKit. Powerful augmented reality in the palm of our hand is pretty compelling, but it isn’t for all iOS 11-capable devices. Read on to see which iPhones and iPads support ARKit.

augmented reality examples in iOS 11 ARKit

Not all iOS 11 devices support ARKit

iOS 11 requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with at least an A8 processor because that’s the oldest 64-bit chip Apple chose to support. Earlier processors, like the A6, are 32-bit. These devices support iOS 11:

  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6 and newer
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Pro
  • iPod touch (sixth generation)

The system requirements for ARKit are more restrictive and require at least an A9 processor. Here are the devices with an A9 processor:

  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6s and newer
  • iPad (fifth generation, released in 2017)
  • iPad Pro

That means the iPhone 6, iPad Air, and iPod touch can’t get in on the ARKit action.

If you want to see what you have to look forward to with ARKit with iOS 11 ships check out some of our favorite demonstration videos, and also take a look at our YouTube playlist.

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You should check your facts first.
iOS 11 is supported by A7 chip in the 5s. I know because I’m running developer iOS 11 beta 6 on my 5s.


Woo Hoo. The SE is in

Do we know for sure that the A8X in the iPad Air 2 won’t cut it for AR Kit?

👍I forgot that the 3rd gen mini also has that A7. BTW, I’m a big fan of your writing and podcasting work, Jeff. Keep up the good work.

The A7, in the iPhone 5s, 1st gen iPad Air, and 2nd gen iPad mini, was actually the first 64-bit SOC.


Your headline reads “Don’t Support” but the list is the ones that “Do Support”