ARKit 2.0 will make you actually want to use AR

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Apple is taking ARKit to the next level.
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WWDC 2018 bug Cult of Mac ARKit was last year’s big WWDC announcement. This year Apple introduced ARKit 2.0 and, if we weren’t convinced before about the potential of augmented reality, Apple’s presentation went a long way to changing our minds!

The update to the world’s largest AR platform introduces a new more easily sharable file system, improved face tracking, more realistic rendering, 3D object detection, and — most exciting of all — shared experiences.

ARKit 2.0 will allow multiplayer games in the same space

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AR will no longer be a solo affair.
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At WWDC, Apple could debut new multiplayer AR tools which allow two iPhone users to share the same augmented reality space.

The news was shared in a recent Reuters report. While short on details, the report suggests that it will be able to do this while minimizing the amount of personal data that is sent to servers.

Apple is seeking a UI designer to help with its AR plans

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Apple is all-in on augmented reality!
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Looking for a job for Apple working on a technology that Tim Cook has personally endorsed as one of the most exciting pieces of tech around?

If so, you may be interested in a recent job posting for a 3D UI Frameworks Engineer, underscoring Apple’s interest in all things augmented reality. Who knows? You could even wind up working on Apple’s rumored AR headset.

Apple might be losing its lead in augmented reality to China

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An augmented reality version of this game could have web a huge win for Apple.
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While ARKit gave Apple an early lead when it comes to augmented reality apps, a highly respected analyst thinks a Chinese company has nearly caught up.

As evidence, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo points out that the AR version of enormously popular game Honour of Kings will land on iPhone and Oppo’s inexpensive Android phones at the same time.

See how ARKit will make grocery shopping easier

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ARKit makes grocery shopping fun.
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Searching my local grocery stores endless aisles of offerings of food is one of my least favorite things about being an adult, but thanks to the power of ARKit, apps are about to completely change the experience.

iOS developer Andrew Hart teased an early preview of his augmented reality app for retailers on Twitter this week and it looks absolutely amazing. The sleek app can be used to product details while shipping. But the coolest feature is its ability to spatially navigate you through the store to that Tikka Masala you’ve been hunting for.

Prepare to be amazed:

iOS 11.3 arrives with new battery features and more

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iOS 11.3 comes with four new Animoji.
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The first major iOS update of 2018 has finally arrived, bringing a host of new features and improvements to the iPhone and iPad.

Apple initially released iOS 11.3 yesterday just for the only available to download on the new 9.7-inch iPad Apple. Now the software update is finally available to all users worldwide.

ARKit apps have been downloaded 13 million times so far

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Things certainly seem to be heading in the right direction.
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iOS users have installed upwards of 13 million augmented reality apps since Apple debuted ARKit back in September, a new report from Sensor Tower Store Intelligence suggests.

That’s up from 3 million worldwide one month after iOS 11 was launched. Apps which established themselves early on, including Ikea Place, Giphy World, The Machines, and My Very Hungry Caterpillar AR, continue to be top-performers in terms of downloads.