Apple announced their new iPhones during their September “Special Event” and released the iPhone 8/8+ and the 10th anniversary iPhone; iPhone X (10). These iPhones have new technology like the A11 Bionic chip, new design, better cameras, and a whole lot more. Though, there was one really big thing that stood out to me during the entire keynote. That was AR on the new iPhones.
(Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference 2017)
Apple showed off their ARKit API to developers and press at the last WWDC, which definitely kept me on my feet watching; especially when Epic Games showed off their AR game: Wingnut. I was completely shocked that they were able to pull that off, on a product that’s in our pockets. Ever since Epic Games showed off their demo, I’ve wanted to get my hands on everything AR. Little would I know, Apple would release new iPhones basically built for AR later that year.
How exactly are these new iPhones built for AR may you ask? Well, Apple has equipped both the iPhone 8/8+ and the iPhone X with better camera technologies that work better with ARKit than any other iPhone. The new A11 Bionix chip is more optimized for ARKit and works even better with Metal 2 to bring new immersive AR content to your iPhone. Here’s Apple’s excerpt about the new A11 Bionic chip and how it works with their software to bring new experiences to your iPhone. “Metal 2 is Apple-designed graphics software that lets developers build console‑style games. Core ML enables developers to integrate machine learning into their apps. The GPU in A11 Bionic is optimized for these new, immersive 3D games and AR experiences.”
There’s still a while to go until AR works a lot better then it currently does, but I’m sure with the release of iOS 11 this Tuesday (Sept. 19th 2017), you’ll see a few AR games and apps on the App Store and quite a bit more towards the end of this year. While the iPhone 8/8+ and iPhone X may work better with ARKit, you’re older iOS devices will still work with ARKit as long as it has an A9 chip or higher and running iOS 11 (iPhone 6S, iPad , iPad Pro).
I’m really excited to see the future of AR, though I’m even more excited to see Apple is taking a large leap forward and bring AR to the mainstream. What is your thought on AR? I would love to hear about them, tweet me at @realtechie or leave a comment below telling me your thoughts!