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With Apple you can now shop directly in augmented reality

This week, Apple started rolling out a new update for its Quick Look augmented reality tool, allowing iPhone and iPad users to try out products in AR and then purchase them immediately.

With Quick Look, retailers could already offer an AR preview of their products by uploading a flat sticker or 3D product model, so that shoppers could see what a product could look like in a real space. Now, TechCrunch says retailers can add a new button to that AR preview, allowing a customer to buy that product directly with Apple Pay, for example.

Home Depot, Wayfair and 1-800-Flowers already support Quick Look, according to TechCrunch. So if you want to buy flowers, you can see how the vase and bouquet can look like a table or see what that new Wayfair sofa might look like in your living room.

Apple debuted Quick Look in 2018 with the release of ARKit 2, but you could only browse AR models. If you want to do further research or purchase the item, you must close Quick Look and go to the website or app of the product – but one of these new buttons could theoretically bring you directly to the purchase page.

Apple also began to quietly extend the support of spatial audio to the build of iOS and iPad OS for Quick Look. This upgrade adds appropriate sounds to the 3D models, such as a speaker that blows music.