Apple is taking us through the looking glass with ARKit 2

“One day, Augmented Reality (AR) will live in our glasses or contact lenses, in the photons hacked on their way to our visual receptors, or embedded right into our brains. For now, it lives inside our iPhones and iPads,” Rene Ritchie writes for iMore. “Apple seems to want to make sure it goes as fast and as far as possible with the technology on our current devices so it’s as mature as possible by the time we get to whatever comes next.”

“ARKit is Apple’s framework for understanding what the camera sees and tracking the position and orientation of that camera relative to the world around it,” Ritchie writes. “That includes surfaces, objects, and faces, and their movements and expressions.”

“For multi-user, because the world map represents a single, real-world coordinate system, one person can initiate the experience and then share it with one or more other people. Each of them shares the same AR space from their own physical perspective,” Ritchie writes. “It does this by being not only faster to initialize in iOS 12, but through faster and more robust tracking and plane detection.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple is really out in front on AR! (Of course, they were really out in front in personal assistants at one time, too.) Hopefully, Apple can keep their focus and continue pushing on AR.

Someday, hopefully sooner than later, we’ll look back at holding up slabs of metal and glass to access AR as unbelievably quaint. — MacDailyNews, July 28, 2017

The impact of augmented reality cannot be overstated. It will be a paradigm shift larger than the iPhone and the half-assed clones it begat. — MacDailyNews, August 4, 2017

Augmented Reality is going to change everything.MacDailyNews, July 21, 2017

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Apple patent application reveals work on eye-tracking technology for VR and AR headsets – April 27, 2018
Apple prepping Micro-LED displays for Apple Watch and Smartglasses for 2019, sources say – April 3, 2018
Apple CEO Cook on the future of fashion, shopping, and AR smartglasses – October 11, 2017
Apple’s AR smartglasses – understanding the issues – August 29, 2017
Bernstein: Apple’s ‘smartglasses’ opportunity ‘could be enormous’ – August 25, 2017
Apple working on several prototypes of AR glasses – August 4, 2017
Apple’s next big move: Augmented reality – August 3, 2017
Apple’s rumored new glasses will be an even bigger deal than the iPhone – July 28, 2017
Apple smart glasses are inevitable – July 28, 2017


  1. The only thing I can think of that I’d like AR glasses to do is give us the equivalent of a 40″ 8k monitor that’s extremely portable and doesn’t take up any desk space! =8-)

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