November 19, 2021 Colin Jacobsen

What is AR Quick Look?

An Arlene Extended Reality Glossary Post

Have you ever wondered how some websites and apps enable you to preview 3D objects in your real-world environment via Augmented Reality (AR)? This can be incredibly useful for visualizing how furniture, clothing, or even art might look in your home before you make a purchase. For example, if you’re on a furniture store site that lets you see how a chair might look in your living room before you buy it. In this blog post, we’ll explore how AR Quick Look is revolutionizing the way we experience AR on Apple devices.

What is AR Quick Look?

AR Quick Look is a feature of ARKit, Apple’s augmented reality development platform for iPhone and iPad. It enables developers to embed 3D object files within pre-installed apps like Safari, Messages, Mail, News, and Notes. With AR Quick Look, users can preview objects in AR with just a tap of their iPhone screen, allowing them to visualize how objects would look in their real-world environment.

Why is AR Quick Look Important?

AR Quick Look is an important step towards making AR mainstream on Apple devices. It’s incredibly user-friendly and accessible, allowing anyone with an iPhone or iPad to preview 3D objects in AR without needing to download any additional apps. AR Quick Look enables 3D files of objects to be embedded in Apple’s suite of pre-installed apps such as Safari, Messages, Mail, News, and Notes. With AR Quick Look, you just need to tap on an AR object on your iPhone and you’ll be presented with an interface for placing a 3D object within a live view of your surroundings. These virtual objects can be moved around the room as if they were interacting with the room itself. This has the potential to transform the way we shop for furniture, clothing, and other goods, as we can now see how they look in our homes before making a purchase.

How to Use AR Quick Look:

Using AR Quick Look is easy. If you’re on an Apple device, simply look for the AR icon or “View in AR” button on a website or app that supports AR Quick Look. When you tap on the button, the object will appear in AR, and you can use your device’s camera to place it in your surroundings. You can then move the object around and view it from different angles, giving you a sense of how it would look in your home or office.

Arlene AR Quick Look Example

Check out the AR Quick Look used in the Arlene project: United Imaging

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In conclusion, AR Quick Look is an exciting development in the world of AR, allowing users to preview 3D objects in their real-world environment with ease. With this feature, Apple is making AR more accessible and user-friendly, which has the potential to revolutionize the way we shop and experience virtual objects. As AR technology continues to evolve, we can expect to see more innovative uses of AR Quick Look and other AR features that enhance our digital experiences.


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