20 best AR & VR apps for iPhone 2017

June 2, 2017

Google has been paving the way for mobile VR thanks to Cardboard and Daydream, but what about Apple? While a little late to the party in regards to early adoption of VR and AR, the iPhone and iPad family have been slowly opening their doors to the wonders of virtual and augmented reality apps and games. We’ve scoured the iOS store and picked out a selection of 20 VR and AR apps for iPhone to get you Apple lovers started!

Best paid & free VR apps and games for iPhone

vTime: For those who love catching up with pals

vTime

Create a virtual avatar, choose from over 19 spectacular environments from a boardroom to downtown, and connect with friends and family through voice chat.

vTime
vTime
Developer: vTime Limited
Price: Free

Within: For those who’re into whimsical experiences

Within

Watch dozens of immersive video content across a variety of genres that whisk you into alternate, story-driven realities.

End Space VR: For those who love action and sci-fi

End Space VR

Battle it out in this arcade space shooter that boasts high-end graphics and sounds. Supports Bluetooth controls for an even more streamlined experience!

End Space VR for Cardboard
End Space VR for Cardboard

VR HORROR: For those who love the thrill of a scare

VR Horror

Old, derelict hospitals give you the heebie-jeebies? Prepare to make your way through this spooky infirmary in search of a terrifying creature!

VR HORROR
VR HORROR
Developer: andrew sasaki
Price: Free

VR Movies: For those into 360 degree cinema

VR Movies

YouTube is full of amazing 360 degree videos, but it can be tricky to track down the best. This free VR videos app does the work for you!

VR Roller Coaster: For those who love theme parks

VR Roller Coaster

Hold on tight and get ready to speed through this realistic VR roller coaster ride in the middle of a bustling cityscape.

VR Roller Coaster
VR Roller Coaster
Developer: Frag, LLC
Price: Free

Jaunt VR: For those looking for a wide variety of VR movie experiences

Jaunt VR

Over 100 premium cinematic virtual reality experiences await in this VR movies app chock full of high quality and professional 360 videos and films.

Provata VR: For those looking to relax and unwind

Provata VR

Stressful day? Strap on your VR headset, sit back, and relax alongside guided meditations within beautiful locations like a rainforest waterfall.

VR ONE Cinema: For those looking to bring the theater home with them

VR ONE CINEMA

If you love trips to the movies, feel the (almost) full theater experience, complete with dynamic lighting, multiple seat choices, and even other avatars to keep you company!

VR ONE Cinema
VR ONE Cinema
Developer: Carl Zeiss AG
Price: Free

Maze Walk VR: For those who love solving puzzles

Maze Walk

Work your way out of a variety of colorful mazes using intuitive movement controls. Can you find all the hidden Easter egg secrets as you make your way to the exit?

 


Best paid & free AR apps and games for iPhone

QuestUpon: Real-time collaborative gameplay with friends

QuestUpon

Team up with friends and family to take on real-time quests and missions that have you out and about, from tracking down ghosts to finding Bigfoot!

SketchAR: For budding artists looking to practice their craft with the help of technology

SketchAR

Feel your sketching skills aren’t quite up to scratch? This high-tech art tool overlays drawings using AR for you to freely trace and practice your muscle memory with.

Seek: For those who enjoy treasure hunting (with real rewards!)

Seek

Who needs Pokemon GO when you can track down and catch real prizes? Find hidden treasure chests around you that contain coupons, discounts, and prizes like gift cards and free food.

Seek - Rewards through Adventure
Seek - Rewards through Adventure
Developer: Seek
Price: Free

ModiFace Live: For those looking to try out different makeup looks in a snap and without the price tag

Modiface Live

Makeup can be expensive, and how do you know if a color suits you or not? Try out hundreds of combinations, from eye shadow and lip stick to foundation and even eye colors, in real-time to see for yourself!

ModiFace Live
ModiFace Live
Developer: ModiFace
Price: Free

Roomle: For those thinking about redecorating or who love interior design

Roomle

Thinking of redecorating your home or office? Try out different floor plans and furniture arrangements before even lifting a finger with this handy room planning tool.

Chromville: For parents looking to bring smiles and wonder to their kids

Chromville

Print off coloring pages, have your kids color them in, and watch as the scenes come to life before their very eyes!

Chromville
Chromville
Price: Free

Layar: For those looking to discover more about what’s around them in real-time

Layar

Use your device to scan advertising to bring it to life, or to browse through hundreds of geo-locations like restaurants, museums, and more.

Layar - Augmented Reality
Layar - Augmented Reality
Developer: Layar B.V.
Price: Free

The Walk: For those looking to spice up their daily walk with dramatic story-driven dynamics

The Walk

You’ve been given a package that can save the world, but you’ll have to walk in order to solve the mystery and unlock each section of the storyline.

Clandestine: For those into sci-fi and fast-paced battle gameplay

Clandestine

Get ready to defend real areas around you – aliens are attacking! Find hidden intruders located close to your location and blast them with a variety of futuristic weaponry.

Clandestine: Anomaly
Clandestine: Anomaly
Developer: ZenFri Inc.
Price: $3.99+

Lumyer: For those into adding fun extra elements to their snapshots and selfies

Lumyer

Looking to shake up your average photos? Add fun live filters like changing backgrounds and other cool and amusing animations to spice up your shots.

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