Apple iOS 11.3 teases new AR features

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Augmented reality must be a pretty big deal for Apple as the technology is name-checked first and at the top of Apple’s press release warming the world up to the next major iOS update featuring ARKit 1.5. The big deal is that the new AR Kit can stick augmented graphics onto walls and other vertical surfaces, rather than floors or tables, adding a new dimension and added height to creations.

It can also turn 2D posters or pictures into interactive experiences, which seems to tally with a general drive for AR being used in museums and exhibits to create more engaging experiences. The update will release in the spring.

The release says:

This spring, iOS 11.3 will deliver exciting new ways to experience augmented reality on iPhone and iPad, new Animoji on iPhone X and the ability to view health records in the Health app.

The introduction of ARKit with iOS 11 put augmented reality into the hands of hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users, making iOS the world’s biggest AR platform. Apple continues to innovate on this exciting technology, bringing ARKit 1.5 to developers to provide even more immersive AR experiences that better integrate with the world and giving them the tools to power a new generation of AR apps.

In addition to horizontal surfaces like tables and chairs, ARKit can now recognize and place virtual objects on vertical surfaces like walls and doors, and can more accurately map irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables. Using advanced computer vision techniques to find and recognize the position of 2D images such as signs, posters, and artwork, ARKit can integrate these real world images into AR experiences such as filling a museum with interactive exhibits or bringing a movie poster to life. The view of the real world through the camera now has 50 percent greater resolution and supports auto-focus for an even sharper perspective.



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