Well, we’ve all been waiting for it and it finally came: Apple has made some official moves within the virtual and augmented reality segments at their keynote for WWDC 2017. It was a great surprise to see the power of the new VR ready 27-inch iMac on stage with an HTC Vive and some Star Wars action, but before you go around thinking that the game has totally changed, you need to know the entire run down of what Apple is doing. Here’s everything you need to know!
Apple previewed iOS 11 at WWDC, which is a major update bringing new experiences and hundreds of features to iPhone and iPad this fall. iOS 11 is the biggest software release ever for iPad, with powerful multitasking features, the Files app and more ways to use Apple Pencil. But the big news is the AR integrations!
Augmented reality is coming to hundreds of millions of iOS devices with a new platform for developers to build apps that let users place virtual content on top of real-world scenes. CoreML gives developers on-device machine learning capabilities so they can easily make apps that will predict, learn and become more intelligent. iOS 11 is available as a developer preview today and will be a free software update for iPhone and iPad this fall.
According to Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering:
“With iOS 11, we’re delivering the biggest AR platform in the world, and it’s available today for developers to begin building AR experiences using ARKit for hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users.”
iMac receives major update
What does this mean for Fitness?
Right now, there’s little known about how this will impact on your next workout, but it’s obvious that Apple is targeting fitness even harder than ever before with more Apple watch integrations. The key here is that with Apple finally making moves in this segment, it’s obvious that massive change is coming to your workout through your phone, tablet and integrating with current and future headsets for VR and AR. We’ll continue to follow this news and any further developments as they happen and report them here! Stay tuned!