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Here’s how Apple is making AR objects far more believable

Here’s how Apple is making AR objects far more believable

Apple is using machine learning to make augmented reality objects more realistic in iOS 12, using smart environment texturing that can predict reflections, lighting, and more. The new feature, being added in ARKit 2.0, uses on-device processing to better integrate virtual objects with their real-world counterparts, blurring the lines between what's computer-generated and what's authentic.

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iOS 12 multi-user ARKit 2.0: Here’s what’s special

iOS 12 multi-user ARKit 2.0: Here’s what’s special

Apple's multi-player support for augmented reality experiences will support more than just the two-player games the company showed off during the WWDC 2018 keynote, with ARKit 2.0 in iOS 12 bringing unexpectedly comprehensive - and private - ways to use AR. Debuting on the iPhone and iPad later this year, iOS 12's updated augmented reality system will depend on new, persistent scans of the real world that Apple will allow devices to securely share.

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ARKit 2: All the iOS AR Apple showed at WWDC 2018

ARKit 2: All the iOS AR Apple showed at WWDC 2018

Today we're having a peek at all the new features revealed by Apple for iPhone X (and a few other devices) for augmented reality. Apple suggested they'd worked with Pixar, of all the places, to develop a new file format for all things AR. That new file format is USDZ, and it's made to work with multiple apps. "It's something like AR Quick Look." said Craig Federighi.

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Apple reveals its hand early… with a funny video

Apple reveals its hand early… with a funny video

This morning Apple posted several videos to YouTube before WWDC 2018. The event generally holds information largely aimed at developers, but occasionally shows new bits and pieces of information for consumers. In today's presentation, we're expecting a variety of software bits as well as a POSSIBILITY - not a great possibility, but a possibility - of some hardware. But before that, Apple's released a set of teasers with all the information we need to see what's up.

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Multiplayer iPhone AR with P2P privacy tipped for WWDC

Multiplayer iPhone AR with P2P privacy tipped for WWDC

Apple, wary of augmented reality's potential for privacy headaches, is developing an update to its AR system that would allow multiplayer experiences without requiring the cloud, it's reported. The company is believed to be investing significantly into ARKit, its platform that allows developers to integrate digital graphics into the real world and have them co-exist and even interact, with long-standing rumors of an Apple smartglasses system in the pipeline.

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AR Expeditions show it’s not all about fun and games

AR Expeditions show it’s not all about fun and games

Virtual reality and, to a lesser extent, augmented reality have the connotation of mostly being about entertainment. The current selection of VR and AR experiences, plus the media and buzz surrounding them, do reinforce that misconception. That is why proponents like Google are trying to push new experiences that give these technologies a more serious tone. Like AR Expeditions, a "spinoff" of its VR-centric Google Expeditions, that utilize augmented reality for educational purposes. It might not be a game, but it can still be just as fun.

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Star Wars Holochess comes to iPhone

Star Wars Holochess comes to iPhone

All iPhone devices able to run ARKit can now play Holochess from the Star Wars universe. This is the game most famously played onboard the Millennium Falcon by R2-D2 and Chewbacca - but it also appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and in analog format in Rogue One. Now, thanks to Lenovo, we're able to play anywhere.

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ARCore and ARKit: what AR on your phone can do for you

ARCore and ARKit: what AR on your phone can do for you

Mobile augmented reality isn’t really new. Even before Oculus, Vive, and HoloLens, there were already traces of the use of AR on our phones, from the AR-powered Layar map app to the not so AR Pokemon GO game. With the arrival of Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore, AR has the potential to become even more widespread than it has ever been before. But what can augmented reality on a tiny screen really do? And does it have the potential to have use beyond stickers and games? We take a look at some of the practical applications of ARCore and ARKit apps to find out.

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iOS 11.3: Six reasons you should be excited

iOS 11.3: Six reasons you should be excited

Apple has announced the iOS 11.3 developer beta, and there's plenty to get excited about for iPhone, iPad, and smart home fans. Whether you're an Animoji karaoke addict, need your regular fix of augmented reality in Pokemon GO, or just want deeper control over what's going on in the background of your iPhone, there's something that should satisfy you. While we don't know all the goodies iOS 11.3 will bring, we do know six of the biggest changes and improvements.

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Huge iOS 11.3 ARKit update previewed by Apple today

Huge iOS 11.3 ARKit update previewed by Apple today

Apple is gunning hard to make iOS the platform of choice for augmented reality, revealing the latest update of its technology in iOS 11.3 today. The new ARKit 1.5 is a core part of iOS 11.3, which is being released for developers to get to grips with now, but which will arrive for all iPhone and iPad users in the spring of 2018.

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Apple: App Store set new holiday record

Apple: App Store set new holiday record

Apple probably enjoyed the holidays more than you did, announcing a whopping $300m in App Store purchases on New Years Day 2018. The company revealed its blockbuster Christmas and New Year sales today, with $890m spent on apps in the seven days starting from December 24th, Christmas Eve.

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Pokemon GO Christmas Event Spin Bonus Secrets LIVE

Pokemon GO Christmas Event Spin Bonus Secrets LIVE

Pokemon GO updates today with the second-to-last event change of the year. As we discussed yesterday, there'll be at least one more "wave" of changes before New Years Eve! Today we're discussing what we'll be seeing in the officially announced "Holiday" event this week.

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