13M Downloads For Apple’s ARkit Apps In 6 Months, Lead By Games

Augmented Reality(AR) based Apps is slowly crawling into the users phone, with a majority of games now using this technology to develop and make the best possible experience for the users. Apple’s ARkit framework was launched as a part of iOS 11, giving the developers a tool to create AR apps for iPhones and iPads.

Latest reports show the rising popularity of the AR Apps, with 13 Million downloads for Apps using the ARkit since September 2017. Also, the downloads has surpassed 3 Million in October after only 1 month of launch of ARkit.

Games dominate these downloads with a figure of 47 per cent up from 35 per cent last year, and 19 per cent accounts for utility which is up from 15 per cent. Photo & Video, Education and Other bring up the rear with shares of 6 percent, 4 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Entertainment apps like virtual pet simulators hit 12 percent, while the Lifestyle category more than doubled its share of downloads, jumping from 5 percent to 11 percent.

The AR games that made it huge with the downloads were pet app AR Dragon and dimensioning app CamToPlan Pro. They topped both the paid app and highest grossing charts.

There are more than 2,000 ARKit-only titles on the iOS App Store, and that number continues to grow as developers find new and novel uses for the augmented reality framework.