Augmented reality – or AR, as it’s more commonly known – is one of those things that lots of people talk about, but very few actually understand. Aside from being the phrase that was (loosely) used to denote the real-life component of Pokémon Go, or used to describe the 3D bitmoji that now live in Snapchat, it’s the underlying technology that allows you to mash up real life and the imaginary by simply pointing your phone’s camera lens at the world around you. And with the release of Apple’s iOS 11, the ability to use it comes standard on every Apple device – and it’s high time we all start using the rad new technology we’ve got at our fingertips more often.
To help you out a bit, we’ve tested a whole lot of the app offerings in the App Store in to come up with the very best in AR apps and games that are available to download right now. Ahead, click through 13 of these delightfully future-forward apps – all of which will help you get cracking on being the first of your friends to master the latest in ubercool tech.