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WWDC 2018: Apple to introduce ARKit 2.0 at this year's developer conference

ARKit 2.0 will allow users to play AR games with each other in the same virtual environment.

  • Published: June 1, 2018 4:59 PM IST
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We’re only a few days away from Apple’s WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference) event. There could be a few surprises in terms of hardware, but we know that the company will mostly stick to unveiling software changes its plans on bringing across all its platforms. While a big focus of the event will be iOS 12, Apple also seems excited about bringing forward all the developments it’s made in the VR space.

As reported by Bloomberg, Apple plans on launching ARKit 2.0 at its WWDC event. The upgraded platform comes with new features, which will allow users to play AR games with each other in the same virtual environment. There is also another mode where you drop an object in a virtual space and come back to it later. The object will remain in the same place. All the features presented with ARKit 2.0 are said to be a hint of what we can expect from Apple’s AR headset, which is suggested to launch in 2020.

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook sees augmented reality as a game changer. According to him, the technology has the potential to change the way we interact with our devices and the apps in them. Google seems to share the same ideology about the technology as well. Just yesterday, Google released its Expeditions app, which allows students to learn about different parts of the world using AR and VR on their smartphones.

Watch: ARKit Arise Demo

Besides augmented reality, Apple is working mostly with small time features on the iOS 12. There is word about Apple making changes to its video calling feature and Animojis on the iPhone X. It looks like all the big changes have been pushed further down the line to iOS 13. Apple seems to be of the opinions that it requires more time and effort to improve system quality and its overall reliability.

  • Published Date: June 1, 2018 4:59 PM IST