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iOS 12 Measure app reportedly not as accurate as we'd like it to be

It’s also not very consistent with its measurements of the same object.

  • Published: September 21, 2018 4:21 PM IST
iPhone Measure app

Apple rolled out iOS 12 this week. While it brings in plenty of new features, one of most talked about additions is the new Measure app. As the name suggests, it can be used to measure the length, width, and height of objects placed around you. The new app in way an example of the kind of new AR features Apple users can expect with the new iOS 12 and its ARKit 2.0 support. However, a new report from Kirkville and the Loop, claims that the app isn’t as accurate we’d like it to be.

According to the writer Kirk McElhearn, the measurements he tried out with the app on the iPhone 8 Plus came out inaccurate pretty often. In one case, while measuring the inner dimensions of a photo frame, the Measure app was off by a good 20 percent. While in other cases, he stated the measurements to be off by only a few centimeters, which can be acceptable for certain scenarios.

Not just that, the writer also noticed that the app was giving two different measurements for the same object, on two different instances. While measuring his shakuhachis length, the app stated it to be 51cm long the first time and then 53cm in second try. The writer also claims to have taken the measurements from the same place and angle. What’s more worrying is that in none of instances did the app get the actual measurement right.

It’s also not just Kirk who has been complaining about the Measure app. Plenty of the other people have also displayed its inaccuracy on social media websites. On the flipside, there have also been some who have claimed it to be accurate. However, the images posted by the Kirk pretty much prove the app to be a gimmick at the moment, which might just come in handy for taking simple measurements.

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It should also be noted that the images he clicked were on an iPhone 8 Plus, which comes with the advantage of a secondary camera for depth sensing while using AR applications. So if the measurements are off with two cameras, there is a good chance that the level of inaccuracy could be higher on iPhones carrying a single camera.

  • Published Date: September 21, 2018 4:21 PM IST

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