iPhone X AR was a big deal but its not

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kshitijshah, May 30, 2018.

  1. kshitijshah macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2012
    Augmented Reality was supposed to be one of the killer features of iPhone X and iOS 11 but 6 months down the line I cant see any killer app making use of it. Yes IKEA app uses it well but its not a day to ay use app. Other apps are just games. Can Apple make real good use of AR like Google does for Google Lens and now Google Maps. The AR stickers in the Pixel camera also have far better implementation.

    Any must have AR apps that are genuinely useful that I am missing here?
  2. Vermifuge macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2009
    I really enjoy clips. but i don't know if thats considers AR. I think Apple is laying the groundwork for something larger. Like AR glasses
  3. bushman4 macrumors 68020

    Mar 22, 2011
    AR as we’ve seen Demo’s of such as holding up your iPhone and having names of stores on the block appear is years off. It may be more complicated than Apple maps which after years still isn’t up to snuff
    As for the AR apps available most are simple and not complex. Give it some time and it will improve
  4. nia820 macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2011
    AR is fun for the first 10 minutes. And then it gets old.

    I remember when AR was introduced on 3DS. People played around with it for like the first week then it gets boring.
  5. acorntoy macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2010
    the 3DS doesn't really have the power to do anything interesting with AR :p

    People should be able to do some much more interesting stuff with the new Apple hardware.
  6. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    I see this as the only thing that I see that AR can give us that is really worthwhile, and I agree, it is still years away. But when it comes it will be big. But it also depends on how good the implementation is. If it is Apple Maps good, then it will be a complete fad, but if it is Google Maps good, then it will be awesome and something that we will take to as a given in the future.

    The only other thing I can see it used for, is something like Pokemon Go, and that has already been tried and done.
  7. EM2013 macrumors 68000


    Sep 2, 2013
    AR was never a big deal and it never will be.
  8. radiologyman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2011
    As others said, we are years away from useful implementation in the form of AR glasses but it is coming
  9. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I think it’s for a niche market at the moment, its difficult to say how they can implement AR to make it more useful in the future. Perhaps maybe something like having training through surgical procedures for example for students. In the professional related field, I could see it being useful.
  10. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    I just have a feeling that if AR ever does get implemented in a useful way, it will of course be filled with location specific ads. If I dare to buy a muffin I'll get ads for muffins for days.
  11. NT1440 macrumors G5


    May 18, 2008
    ARKit is a platform, not a feature. Platforms take time.
  12. ZEEN0j macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2014
  13. CLS727, May 31, 2018
    Last edited: May 31, 2018

    CLS727 macrumors regular


    Feb 5, 2018

    80's - Computers were never a big deal and never will be.
    90's - The internet was never a big deal and never will be.
    2000's - Apps on a cell phone were never a big deal and never will be.

    A/R "sucks" now because there isn't enough dev support for it yet.... and we are probably 5 years away from the hardware being seamless enough for the average consumer.

    Once the hardware exists to create the right experience.... the cool new apps will come to make it worth while.... there are endless applications
  14. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    People are going to laugh about this comment someday. In the years to come, when electronic contact lenses can slip onto your eye and display information about the world around you and each person passing you on the street. It will start as a company like Apple making attractive looking smart glasses that are essentially indistinguishable from regular ones, then will be miniaturized over time as they figure out how to refocus light and miniaturize everything using nano technology as well as super low powered circuits that are powered by the human body itself. We will one day wonder how we got along without such technology, much like we think about the ubiquity of smartphones today.
  15. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Hopefully by the time AR is more widespread and has the time to mature more, battery technology will also change during the course of this process and mitigate some of the side effects with the battery drain with AR.

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