The AR measuring tool in iOS 12 is not accurate according to some users

The AR measuring tool in iOS 12 is not accurate according to some users
One of the coolest new features that came with iOS 12 is an AR app called Measure. Using augmented reality, the app can measure the distance between two points, calculate the width, length and area of rectangular objects, and it even features a level. Measure is available on the Apple iPhone SE, iPhone 6s or later, Apple iPad (5th Generation) or later, and the Apple iPad Pro. Again, these devices need to be running iOS 12.

Before you start taking out your real tools to work with your virtual measurements, you might want to know that many of the dimensions calculated by the app are not accurate. That is according to a report published yesterday by Kirk McElhearn. He documented several situations where Measure had supplied inaccurate data, and found that multiple measurements of the same object often resulted in conflicting responses from the app (see image at the top of this article).

Usually, those working on a project like to have accurate dimensions and distances to work with, and one of the examples cited by Kirk was 20% off. Apple might have to go back to the drawing board and send out an update to fix the app as others are also noticing how inaccurate Measure can be. 

The actual dimensions inside the frame are 78 cm x 101cm making Apple's AR tool off by 20%

The actual dimensions inside the frame are 78 cm x 101cm making Apple's AR tool off by 20%


If you need directions on how to use Measure, check out Apple Support's page by clicking on this link. You might want to have a physical tape measure in your tool bag just to double check the results from the app.

source: Kirkville via TheLoop, BGR

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27 Comments

2. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

It’s approximate measure.

4. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1161; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

On the defensive again?

7. maherk

Posts: 6684; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What did you expect from him? Lol

10. TheOracle1

Posts: 1913; Member since: May 04, 2015

You sheep are incorrigible. What use is an approximate measurement when I can approximate with my eyes?

14. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

I call a bluff. j/k

3. Sakeem

Posts: 856; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Nothing that a good ol ruler or measuring tape can't fix.

5. midan

Posts: 2557; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

When AR came for iOS i tested app like this and it wasn't accurate either. I haven't tested this, but it's propably very hard to make something like this accurate. It's propably meant to give you direction how long something might be, i don't know why i would use such a app when i can use real ruler By sure i can give it a try now and see is it better than the old 3rd app.

17. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

No it isnt hard. We created an app I house that dows use AR. It just uses th phones canera. You have to move back on my far enough for 2 points to show on the screen. You place a market at both points and it is more accurate to within 1/4".

6. baldilocks

Posts: 1428; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

That's already being addressed in iOS 12.1 Beta.

11. buccob

Posts: 2949; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

The only accurate measuring tool in a phone is using the ToF sensor (Laser for camera focus) that some phones from LG, Asus, Sony and others include. I use my Xperia XZ for measuring from time to time and it is accurate to a millimeter and up to a meter away. Asus Zenfone even includes a measuring app for this purpose and its even better. The only downside to this approach is that the measurement is always from/to the phone directly... But having this kind of hardware I don't see why this could be done better than Apple's solution in the Android camp.

16. kucma

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

I can’t see how it would be accurate. Even placing the dot on the same spot twice is a challenge and then drawing a 100% straight line to the end of the object and placing the dot exactly to the edge again would vary each time you take a measurement. Without testing it in detail I would say the margin of error would be somewhere between +/-10-20mm. So more of a guideline than a proper measure tool really.

19. KingSam

Posts: 1346; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I tested it and it was spot on. For fine measurements obviously it won't hold up.

20. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I tried it out, and it seemed 'close enough' to get a guesstimate. Obviously, I'm not going to start cutting lumber using it, but it would be good to get an estimate I.E. how much materieal you would need. Or if 'X' object would fit in 'Y' spot.

21. TheOracle1

Posts: 1913; Member since: May 04, 2015

"Or if 'X' object would fit in 'Y' spot." I guess that means Tim Cooks 'X' object would fit into your 'Y' spot and hit your 'G' spot as long as you have IOS 12.1 beta lube in your 'A' spot? Nice try. It doesn't work as advertised. Nice try and polish another Apple turd. I wonder what you had to say about Apple maps when that gem was released?

22. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Ran out of s**tty launchers and icon packs to try out? Work hard, save your money, then you can buy the real thing instead of a ghetto iClone.

24. TheOracle1

Posts: 1913; Member since: May 04, 2015

It probably doesn't occur to iSheep like you that there's something called choice. It's what happens when there's competition and freedom to choose what to buy. But that's a foreign concept to iSheep since you love slurping up the faeces Apple feed you for extortionate prices.

26. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I fully understand choice, and that you went with the cheaper, free, inferior choice. That’s why you feel insecure and tried to feel like a big boy talking trash. Like someone riding a moped talking trash about someone riding a motorcycle.

27. TheOracle1

Posts: 1913; Member since: May 04, 2015

Lmao. Since you're so knowledgeable what phones do I own?

23. Chuck007

Posts: 1409; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

It's indeed inaccurate. My private is at least 10 inches long.

25. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

'1 inch long' - Fixed that for you :-)

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