With the new ARKit framework for building augmented reality (AR) apps, Apple is turning existing iOS devices into the largest AR platform in the world.

We previously shared a bunch of interesting ARKit demos showcasing the possibilities of the framework, including an upcoming furniture-ordering app from Ikea, a measuring tape, an ARKit-powered VR mode in Maps and more.

Today, we’re highlight three more examples of ARKit-driven apps: a Tesla Model 3 app by an impatient fan, an example of an inter-dimensional portal in the middle of the street and an app that promises to change how we order food.

First up, a demo app by an impatient Tesla fan who couldn’t wait for his ordered Model 3 so he made this ARKit-powered app that lets him drive around a virtual Model 3 in his real world, activate the headlights and so forth.

Food ordering will never be the same, says developer Alper Guler who created an ARKit-driven app which renders various foods on your table that you can pan around, zoom in and out, rotate and more.

And last but not least, we have French consulting agency Nedd which came up with a great example of AR+VR, via iPhoneAddict.fr.

Before signing off, here’s a quick volumetric capture example with ARKit.

Very impressive so far, don’t you think?

  • iBanks

    The Tesla and the entry way are insane. The Tesla driving over bumps in the driveway was incredible.

    • nonchalont

      That was neat how it responded to the bumps in the road.

  • AAPL.To.Break.$155.Soon.>:-)

    There are people saying this stuff is totally useless, but I have to say it’s quite impressive even if it has been done before. I thought that Tesla demo was awesome and that doorway to the garden demo was slick like walking into the Tardis. I think I’d really enjoy it for taking tours or for other educational projects. It could be great for learning about the human body or product internals. The food on the table demo would make a nice interactive menu and a somewhat more attractive than a standard menu.

    I’m not sure how AR will play out over time but I’m definitely getting more interested in it after seeing some of these demos. I’m glad I won’t have to wear some bulky goggles to take advantage of it. It looks like these developers can really do some amazing things with ARKit. I don’t know if it’s better than the other types of AR software development kits but it certainly does produce some nice results and much better than I expected.

    • Norbi Whitney

      “really enjoy it for taking tours”
      Yeah I could 100% see this. Move the phone around and see little overlays with information about certain paintings, or parts of a cathedral, city, etc.

  • Iskren Donev

    The phrase “escape into your own reality” has never been truer than with the interdimensional portal demo. Mind. Blown.

  • Rowan09

    AR mixed with VR is definitely the future. For example if I’m looking for an apartment and I found one that’s not completely finish. The owner can show me a AR version of the apartment or house and then I can put on a VR headset to emerge myself into the apartment. This AR application especially that food one is very interesting. I can see me going to a restaurant and without getting a menu select my food or at least see how it looks before ordering. The only issue with the food app is in the long term it will get rid of the waiter/waitress experience.

  • Smeltn

    is there no way for the general public to get access to these apps now?