Popular game Pokémon GO is about to get a neat update on iOS, which will enable more advanced augmented reality features. Game developer, Niantic Labs, has just announced that the iOS version of the mobile game will get an update later this week, designed to take advantage of Apple’s iOS 11 ARKit framework.
With this framework, Niantic Labs can add a new AR+ mode in Pokémon GO, sporting notably more advanced AR features to enhance the whole experience. Apple’s ARKit allows iOS developers to maximize the hardware and software of iPhones and iPads to seamlessly enrich the real world with virtual objects.
Niantic plans to take advantage of this ARKit to place Pokémon with higher accuracy and better size ratios in the camera viewfinder. So far, Pokémon GO just estimated objects’ approximate location and inserted the pocket monsters in that real-world environment, but it didn’t work as seamless.
The all-new AR+ mode that taps Apple’s ARKit builds on the existing AR features of Pokémon GO, aiming to take things to the next level. The new AR+ will soon be available globally for iOS 11 users playing Pokémon GO on the iPhone 6s or newer generations.
“With AR+, Pokémon are now fixed to a point in space, meaning you can walk up close to a Pokémon to see to how they’ll look in the real world,” touts the Pokémon GO team. “This feature brings us one step closer to truly realizing Pokémon the way they are supposed to be represented in the real world. Pokémon GO AR photos will never be the same again!”