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Is your iPhone or iPad ready for AR?

Here's the full list of devices that support Apple's ARKit augmented reality platform.

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Who wouldn't want to be part of that? But apps built with Apple's impressive new ARKit augmented reality platform -- announced Monday at the company's 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) -- won't necessarily work with your existing Apple phone or tablet.

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 new iOS 11 operating system this fall -- which is likely, to be sure -- you may have to settle for Pikachu slightly floating above the pavement instead of being realistically grounded.

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