Apple Is Working on Augmented Reality For Your iPhone’s Maps App

Apple Is Working on Augmented Reality For Your iPhone’s Maps App

Open up the App Store on your iPhone and you’ll find a plethora of apps that introduce augmented reality to your iPhone, but for now, that’s the only way you can get it. Apple is yet to make augmented reality a native feature, but a recently discovered patent application suggests the technology could one day appear in the built-in Maps app for iOS.

Filed with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, the application is titled simply “Augmented Reality Maps,” and describes a new mapping feature for iOS devices that uses your camera along with augmented reality to give you directions and overlay points of interest on your maps — just like a number of third-party apps already available.

Apple’s system focuses on the point of interest you’d like to visit and then provides you with directions to it, using your camera to capture a video stream and then overlaying information, such as street names, onto the image.

Apple seems to have focused heavily on mapping technology in recent years, acquiring two mapping companies — Placebase and Poly 9 — in the past three years. It has also been actively recruiting to its ‘Geo Team’ with the intention of taking its Maps app for iOS “to the next level.”

[via MacRumors]

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  • jeanlouisnguyen

    Ugh, right now, I just want Maps on iOS to catch up with Google Maps for Android. Give me driving, walking and transit navigation!

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  • Mike Rathjen

    So far augmented reality has been a lot of hype and a huge disappointment. I hope Apple does it right.

  • Akhilesh Mishra

    it already does

  • leifnsn

    Is there anyone who has faced problem with the navigation application on iOS? The navigator on my phone crashes after every 3 to 4 days… How can I solve this? I have tried updating the phone but did not solve this issue.. :(

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