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iPhone 12 Pro People Detection could help keep people safely away

iPhone 12 Pro People Detection could help keep people safely away

The phrase "social distancing" or "physical distancing" has been quite common these days as the world continues to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That may be easy to do, even if people seem to find it hard to comply with, but that presumes you're even aware of how near people are. Those with sight impairment might not be so aware of such distances but an upcoming accessibility feature to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will use their fancy new LIDAR sensor detect people nearby and even tell the user how close or far they are from you so you could avoid them or tell them to keep their distance.

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ARKit 3.5 released to use new iPad Pro’s LiDAR

ARKit 3.5 released to use new iPad Pro’s LiDAR

iOS 13.4, along with iPadOS 13.4, isn't the only big software release that Apple rolled out today. As part of its gift to iPad Pro users, it has announced the availability of ARKit version 3.5. Its biggest new feature is support for LiDARs which, of course, requires the new 2020 iPad Pro hardware. It may, however, also prefigure what may be coming to this year's iPhones as well.

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iPhone with “world-facing” 3D depth camera may finally happen this year

iPhone with “world-facing” 3D depth camera may finally happen this year

There is still some uncertainty about the launch schedule of Apple's devices due to the COVID-19 pandemic but that doesn't mean expectations for the next iPhones would be low. According to the latest rumor, the next iPhone or the one after that will sport a "world-facing" 3D camera, the same 3D camera that has been rumored for the iPhone repeatedly for each and every generation and has so far repeatedly failed to show up.

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Apple Quick Look could let you buy furniture in the AR app directly

Apple Quick Look could let you buy furniture in the AR app directly

Although it has repeatedly and publicly professed its preference over virtual reality, Apple has yet to capitalize on augmented reality in a big and long-lasting way. Sure, its ARKit framework has useful applications, perhaps outnumbering Google's equivalent ARCore, but most have been just that, demonstrations. Quick Look is one such example but it might soon be getting the attention of retailers by enabling a very tempting feature: AR-based e-commerce.

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Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs puts Apple ARKit to work this spring

Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs puts Apple ARKit to work this spring

GDC 2019 kicks off today, and one of the big announcements from the first day involves Angry Birds, which will soon be making the jump to augmented reality. Today, Rovio and Resolution Games announced Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs, which is something of a follow up to the virtual reality game of the same name. While Angry Birds is a franchise that's seen a ton of releases over the years, augmented reality could give us a fresh spin on its age-old gameplay.

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Simple Apple AR glasses tipped for 2020

Simple Apple AR glasses tipped for 2020

The start of 2020 might well be the most exciting in years from an Apple fan's perspective. A prominent - and usually quite accurate - analyst by the name of Ming-Chi Kuo suggested Apple will likely release their first AR glasses in the second quarter of the year 2020. This will be an accessory, not a self-contained piece of hardware, according to the analyst - at least in its first edition.

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Apple first AR marketing lead shows its serious about AR

Apple first AR marketing lead shows its serious about AR

Apple never really jumped on the virtual reality bandwagon, even when smartphone-powered VR headsets and experiences exploded for a short while. Instead, Apple is putting its eggs in the augmented reality basket, going as far as saying it is the future. Now it has taken one concrete step closer to that future by moving long-time iPhone executive Frank Casanova to handle its product marketing for all things related to augmented reality.

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Warby Parker’s iPhone app uses ARKit to let you virtually try on glasses

Warby Parker’s iPhone app uses ARKit to let you virtually try on glasses

Shopping for glasses is something that typically needs to be done in person, as you generally want to see how a set of frames both fits and looks on your face. With the rise of augmented reality, though, the process of trying on a pair of glasses is something that could be done anywhere, anytime. That's what Warby Parker thinks at least, as it's rolled out a new feature for its iPhone app that allows you to try on glasses without having to first head into a brick and mortar store.

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Apple acquired Spektral for live cutout video magic

Apple acquired Spektral for live cutout video magic

It would appear as though Apple acquired a company by the name of Spektral at the tail end of the year 2017. This Danish group specialized in the isolation of objects in both still and moving images (and video), removing background elements from said objects in real time. This company previously aimed to create cloud-based applications and a Photoshop plugin - now it's inside Apple proper.

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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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