Market research from Sensor Tower shows the fresh statistics of Apple’s ARKit. It shows that there is a steady upward trajectory with about 13 million apps downloaded since the last September.
According to Sensor Tower Store Intelligence, it has seen that users of iPhone and iPad downloaded about two million ARKit apps from iOS App Store from last six months. The research firm is tracking only “ARKit-only” apps or the software “expressly” using Apple’s framework. The apps include minor ARKit integration value-added AR features like photo modes and mini-games. Games are accounted for about 47 percent of cumulative downloads which is up to about 35 percent when Sensor Tower gave its inaugural report on ARKit apps in October.
The utility apps like AR rulers a have about 19 percent share of downloads in October. Entertainment apps like virtual pet simulation see a 12 percent while the Lifestyle category has doubled the share of downloads and jump from 5 percent to 11 percent. Photo apps show the share about 6 percent while video app has a share of 4 percent and other apps have 7 percent. ARKit titles continue to perform well in Sensor Tower’s metrics.
IKEA Place which is shopping app, Giphy World a sticker app, the battle game The Machines and VR pet My Very Hungry Caterpillar AR are the top apps that are attracting more users. Consumers were introduced to IKEA Place, Giphy World and the Machines at WWDC 2017.
According to Sensor Tower, there are more than 2,000 ARKit only titles on iOS App Store and these numbers are still growing as developers find new uses for the reality framework. Apple released an update for ARkit dubbed as ARKit 1.5 with first iOS 11.3 beta release in January.