You have to see this insane new iOS 11 feature that turns your iPhone into an Augmented Reality powerhouse. It’s incredible to see what developers are doing with the new capabilities in just two days, and this demo is running on an iPhone 6s. This already looks amazing and it’s a demo on an older iPhone. Imagine how much Apple is going to take this with the iPhone 8 and a full iOS 11 release this fall.

Apple is going all in an AR, which is where you place virtual objects in the real world. If you played Pokémon Go, you’ve already used an AR app, but that is just the start. The new iOS 11 update adds in support for Augmented Reality that developers can simply tap into. This means you will see an explosion of Augmented Reality experiences on the iPhone this fall.

Now that you’ve seen what a developer can do on video, you can also check out these photos of an AR model hailing a cab and waiting for the train. If that isn’t enough, check out the impressive sunset visualization that Cody Brown also created as part of this demo.

Check out an amazing AR demo on the iPhone 6s with iOS 11.
Check out an amazing AR demo on the iPhone 6s with iOS 11. Source: Cody Brown.

One of the things that help this demo look so impressive is the built-in tracking and light detection that Apple supports in iOS 11. Rumors indicate Apple plans to add more depth-sensing technology to the iPhone 8 camera, which would allow for an even more realistic placement in the real world and a more immersive experience.

Here’s another example of Augmented reality, showing off a run recorded with Strava. By opening up the access to Augmented Reality this could be commonplace this fall.

The iOS 11 release date is set for fall 2017, and you can expect to see many more crazy demos between now and then. You can try the iOS 11 beta, but unless someone starts sharing these apps directly to you, there is not an easy way to try out the new AR iOS 11 features yet. Check out the new iOS 11 features below and our guide to whether or not you should install the iOS 11 beta.

iOS 11 vs iOS 10: What’s New in iOS 11.1.2

What's New in iOS 11.1 & iOS 11.1.2

What's New in iOS 11.1 & iOS 11.1.2

The iOS 11.1.2 update focuses mainly on fixes for the iPhone X that are very important for many users. The update is about 50 to 60MB for most users and should install pretty quickly if you are already on iOS 11.1.1.

  • Fixes and issue where the iPhone X screen becomes temporarily unresponsive to touch after a rapid temperature drop. 
  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in Live Photos and videos captured with the iPhone X. 

If you are on a much older version the update will be larger and it will include the other fixes listed below. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update is out now for the iPhone and iPad. This update includes all of the changes from iOS 11.1 and two very important fixes. This small update is just over 50MB in size on most iPhones that are on iOS 11.1 already. 

  • Fixes autocorrect problem that replaced "I" with a question mark box and other symbols. 
  • Fixes Hey Siri not responding. 

The iOS 11.1.1 update includes all of the same security fixes as iOS 11.1, and the new features outlined below. After a lot of iOS 11 problems, the iOS 11.1 update is about delivering a lot of fixes that will help you use the iPhone better. This is a free update that is about 200 to 300 MB in size and it is one that most users will want to install on their iPhone. Here's a full list of the changes in iOS 11.1 including many fixes for the Photos app and for Accessibility. 

  • Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more
  • Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry
  • Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup
  • Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots
  • Improves braille support for Grade 2 input
  • Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications
  • Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher
  • Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail
  • Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages
  • Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch
  • Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen
  • Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps
  • Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data
  • Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation)
  • Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch

Apple also includes a number of important security fixes, including one for a major WiFi flaw in this update. Most users will want to install iOS 11.1 for the security updates as much as for the new emoji. 

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