Apple's Advanced Reality is awesome for a couple of reasons

So, we've been hearing about Apple's ARKit since last year — the Advanced Reality platform, which makes use of the iPhone's powerful hardware to deliver some awesome experiences, mixing the real world with virtual objects straight on the phone's viewfinder. Thus far, ARKit was closed off, limited only to developers with no software products available to the general users. However, it seems this is about to change in the months following the iPhone 8 launch.

According to the presentation, the AR apps will use the iPhone 8 / Plus and iPhone X's advanced Bionic A11 chip and its powerful graphics processor to render some pretty detailed virtual objects in real time. But what's even cooler is that it will also use the new ISP's (Image Signal Processor) power to figure out how the lighting falls in the specific scene you are shooting. Then, the app will try to simulate the same lighting on the virtual objects.

We've seen AR apps before on both Android and iOS. And, aside from choppiness issues, they also had trouble with blending the virtual objects into the scene in a believable way. The ISP's work with lighting promises to help out here a ton and we can't wait to test this.

The second cool thing we wanted to talk about is availability. Initial rumors suggested that the iPhone X will have some otherworldly camera module, with advanced laser tracking and whatnot. The same rumors said that ARKit app would only be supported by the all-screen iPhone due to it having the required hardware. However, we were happy to see that those rumors were wrong. If you have an iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, or anything with the Apple A9 chip and upwards, ARKit will support it. Like the strategy game we saw on the presentation and which you can spot on the screenshots in this article. Now, that's great news, indeed! Whether there will be a difference in quality, we have yet to learn.



1. Wickedsamaritan

Posts: 88; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

I can't wait to try it in my Dreams 《》

32. bambamboogy02

Posts: 842; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

AR = Augmented Reality.

2. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Those idiots are gonna troll this article too, aren't they? f**king Christ...

7. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

ARRHHH QQ....And what are you doing in other comment sections? Pathetic little sheep...

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I don't see him constantly acting as high. Why do you even bother commenting aggressively if you are not a troll?

10. maherk

Posts: 7067; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I hope we don't see you trolling Android articles from now on, since you hate trolling this much.

12. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I wouldn't dream of wasting my time trolling articles about phones no one (except maybe you dudes) gives a damn about.

18. maherk

Posts: 7067; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yeah yeah yeah, that's why you're always either trolling Samsung articles, or defending the Apple trolls under their articles. A quick visit to Note 8 articles would confirm this.

19. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

How many total comments do you think I made in those Note 8 articles? Can't be more than 20... tops.

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

20 comments isn't a small sample... Just saying.

22. maherk

Posts: 7067; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

So you admit wasting your time trolling Note 8 articles? And 20 if we are talking about the Note 8, but we can multiply this number by 10 if we are talking about Samsung in general.

24. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I have six thousand comments my guy... two hundred out of that number should indicate how little I care about the Korean conglomerate. And to be completely honest, I don't like their fans more than I dislike the products they sell. If Samsung's fanbase were less in your face, I wouldn't single them out so often.

25. maherk

Posts: 7067; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Again, it doesn't matter how many comments you post per article, I was just pointing out a lie you said about not caring about anything about Samsung to bother and troll their articles. And you seem pretty cool with the trolls in the Apple camp, so you can't complain about trolls from the other side. And if it bothers you that much, why do keep on checking their articles and going into fueds with these trolls? Regarding their products, nah, you make it obvious how much you hate their products as much as you hate their fans. Just saying, practice what you preach for. If something annoys you this much to the point where you need to call people over it, make sure you don't go into doing the same.

26. Firenze91

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

I'm not a Samsung superfan nor an isheep but you gotta admit that Samsung Note8 rocks... maybe it's just the engineer/geek in me speaking

28. basher

Posts: 117; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

well, your beloved iPhone ten has more Samsung ingredients than ever. it's time to start loving them. trust me, Samsung won't hurt you

27. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Come on Kiko007 how many Samsung Note 8 and S8 articles did you comment on. Be reasonable everyone can state an opinion, they are all subjective anyway, its when we contradict thing - where the issue lies. and here you contradicted yourself because you must care about the Note 8 or the s series of device as we can show you many areas where you expressed your opinions on those devices. So be fair.

33. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Pot calling the kettle black You troll every Samsung article. You and you little group of trolls.

3. Talhamid

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 13, 2009

Oh, a couple of reasons? Well: 1) We are Apple slaves and will laud anything Apple puts out 2) See above

4. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Same AR presentation shown by Google in IO now they copied this style of presenting lol

5. thxultra

Posts: 475; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Is this game coming out for Android also? I know google has ARCore so seems feasible.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

No. It's not.

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, heaven forbid we get any gimmicks on Android like that. It is literally the most pointless thing ever. Sony tried this way back with their playstation camera and PS3, didn't really go anywhere because most people don't have the energy to play a game around an imaginary landscape on an empty table. Now with a heads up display like MS's AR goggles or a VR set it would be feasibly immersive. Might actually be worth doing it then, but with a phone in front of your face....No.

13. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You seem confused; he asked if said game was coming to ARcore. And as of now... no. At least that's what certain publications have stated.

16. thxultra

Posts: 475; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Thanks that is exactly what I was asking. This isn't anything that Android phones aren't capable of as well. I will give them credit the game did look impressive.

31. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

From what I've seen graphic wise, current high-end Android smartphones should have no problem running it. Only ARcore would be the one that makes an Android handset capable and so far not that many are supported yet.

8. iczer

Posts: 161; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

Why is iPhone 8 still using a 750p screen resolution???? Apple is so greedy!

14. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

What's new there? Apple's main focus always seems finding ways to earn more money.

15. cmdacos

Posts: 4399; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

The game sure stuttered enough to add to the excitement!

20. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

^^ That's hilarious.

17. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

AR is s**t

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