Will Apple's new augmented reality feature be the face of iOS 11?

Apple Senior Vice-President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller introduces iPhone X. Photo: Reuters

Taking a step ahead in technology, Apple on Tuesday unveiled a handful of demonstrations of its new augmented reality (AR), displaying the efficiency of the ARKit platform and power of the new camera and A11 Bionic chip on the iPhone 8, thus diffusing the feeling of visuals placed dynamically in the real world to its viewers.

Ahead of the launch of the iOS 11 on September 19, the tech giant through its ARKit aims to bring AR to mainstream consumers by baking it directly into the iPhone and iOS, reported The Verge.

Hailed as one of the biggest upgrades to iOS this year, Apple brings a host of features to its consumer base, such as Siri translations, Apple Pay in iMessage, split screen mode on iPad, drag and drop, Do Not Disturb mode while driving and so on.

One of the much-anticipated features of this year undoubtedly remains the Face ID, which will replace the age-old touch ID in Apple's anniversary edition, iPhone X, which is deemed to be the 'future of smartphones'. Using a combination of infrared cameras and 3D depth sensing technology, the software helps recognize a user's face, or the Face ID, which can subsequently be used to unlock the phone, authorize Apple Pay payments, and even create customized animated emojis, or simply, emojis.

As the iPhone X comes without a home button, one would have to swipe up from the bottom to back to the home screen. Further, Control Center will be accessible by a swipe down from the top right of the phone, while swiping up and pausing will bring up the multitasking view.

Apple's Portrait Lighting feature, which will be available on iPhone X and 8 Plus uses the depth information from the dual cameras to simulate professional lighting setups on a subject, thus making it a real-time analysis of the lighting on the subject rather than mere filters.

Further, the iPhone X supports a front-facing portrait mode, using which selfie buffs can click photographs with the same kind of blurred background made available by the regular portrait mode.


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