augmented reality apps

Surely you have heard of augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence? These technologies are completely changing the way we perform basic tasks. Augmented reality does give us an insight into the future and how things are likely to change, and more importantly, it offers a comprehensive understanding of just how far technology has come. 

Virtual reality has surely been tried in many industries. This has not yet achieved great visibility in many markets and many companies prefer to bet on other technologies. The companies that do bet on this technology are those dedicated to games.  Virtual reality makes the game much more real when it comes to playing. And by the way get a unique experience.

But augmented reality is growing a lot with the help of developers who have been creating different applications, especially for devices that have iOS 12 or higher. In the following post, we shall focus on the most popular AR apps on iPhone and iPads. These insights are brought to us by experts at Retrocube, a mobile application development company based in the United States. If you are interested in trying out the future of technology, here are some of the most popular augmented reality apps out there. 

Ikea Place

If you are a fan of Ikea and its famous furniture, you have surely heard about this augmented reality app. This app is the best example that augmented reality comes to change the way we shop. With this app you can know at 98% how a specific piece of furniture will look at home, how it fits into the space or what color to choose according to the other furniture you have in your home.

A revolutionary app. The problem? It is only available in the US, though that’s likely to change soon. 

AR MeasureKit

This app is perfect for measuring real objects. This augmented reality app is capable of knowing when it measures an object in your home or anywhere else you want to measure.

The application has a series of tools, such as a ruler, angle calculator or a tool to measure the trajectory. Available for devices that have iOS 11 on their iPhone or iPad.

We believe that AR MeasureKit is among the best augmented reality apps created so far.

Complete Anatomy

Apps are not created solely for the purpose of entertaining us. There are also training apps. And this is a good example, though it uses augmented reality to fantastic effect for training purposes.

The application projects an image of the human body where one can see bones, muscles and organs and divide it by layers. Complete Anatomy is purely an interactive app.


Do you want to buy a car? Is your garage not very big and you need to know how it would look in it? Edmunds is the perfect app!

Apart from being an application specialized in car sales, it has also included augmented reality so that you can see how the car would look in your garage.

Surely with this app you are more convinced that that car needs to be in your parking space.

AR Fitness

Perfect application for fitness lovers. We are sure you will love this app!

Fitness AR projects a 3D map on the routes you take. You will thus be able to see the entire place traveled and therefore allows you to discover new alternative paths.

The app is complementary to the “Strava” app and costs € 3.49.

Giphy world

Perhaps this is the weakest app in our selection of the best augmented reality apps. Giphy is one of the most popular platforms for sharing GIFs right now.

Giphy World is an entertainment app. Ideal to start in the world of augmented reality. It allows us to play with the real world. How? Well, you can introduce Gifs or Emojis to the image and have a fun time.

Star Walk 2

A common use of augmented reality is to interpret the world or get more information about it. This also extends to the stars and, although we would like to recommend Google Sky Map, the app is half abandoned so we recommend another popular alternative: Star Walk 2. 

It is one of the most popular applications to identify stars with augmented reality, with a careful design and a certain relaxing air. The basic experience is free, although you will have to see ads from time to time if you do not want to pay the 2.99 euros for the full version.


MagicPlan is a legendary plan creation app, which came to Android back in 2013, though it was available on the App Store much earlier. With it you can create a plan of your house using augmented reality to take measurements with the mobile camera.

The app is really powerful, although achieving a professional shot will require a lot of trial and error (and a mobile with good, augmented reality, for precise measurements). It is a free app, although some objects and the export of maps are paid.


A tattoo is generally forever, so it never hurts to make sure that you are satisfied with what you are getting. With InkHunter you can try on tattoos with augmented reality, with 3D effect included.

This type of experiences to test things with virtual reality from the mobile is another of the most common uses. Nike will test it with its sneakers and Zara has already experimented with the idea in its stores.


Although the vast majority of applications that you will see on your list are available for both Android and iOS, when it comes to the measurement of distances they do not agree: Google has one and Apple has its own. On iPhones, the app is called Measurements.

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If you want to develop an AR app, you can get in touch with Retrocube, one of the leading mobile app developers in the industry. You must have a clear idea about the kind of app you want so that you are able to come up with a visual interface. 

By Anurag Rathod

Anurag Rathod is an Editor of, who is passionate for app-based startup solutions and on-demand business ideas. He believes in spreading tech trends. He is an avid reader and loves thinking out of the box to promote new technologies.