Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks augmented reality.
Who wouldn't want to be part of that? But apps built with Apple's WWDC) -- won't necessarily work with your existing Apple phone or tablet.-- announced Monday at the company's 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference (
Apple's developer site says ARKit requires a phone or tablet with an Apple A9 or A10 processor, which narrows down the list to these specific devices:
- iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
- iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPad Pro (9.7, 10.5 or 12.9)
- iPad (2017)
That's still many millions of devices, mind -- but also many, many millions of today's still-viable iPads and iPhones without. No iPad Air, no iPad Mini, no iPhone 6 or earlier.
So even if your phone or tablet gets the newoperating system this fall -- which is likely, to be sure -- you may have to settle for instead of being realistically grounded.
(Uh, so, what's augmented reality?.)