During Apple’s annual WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) CEO Tim Cook introduced updates to the company’s mobile and desktop OS.
Since there’s sufficiently not enough time, Apple never gets around to addressing all of their new additions or changes that they are making. What they did get to introduce from the augmented reality platform were software upgrades from iOS phones and tablets to macOS computers.
One of the iOS app designs, ARKit, which helps developers create augmented reality apps and experiences, got an update and with it comes multi-person AR software.
A competitive slingshot game called SwiftShot. A multiplayer AR game that requests players to use an iOS device to aim and fire pellets with the goal of knocking off all three pillars for a victory.
ARKit 2.0 comes with improved face tracking, 3D object detection, and realistic rendering.
Apple’s onstage LEGO demo of ARKit 2:
The Verge reports, “You can imagine all sorts of cool apps that let any number of people collaborate or compete in the same virtual space with their own respective devices. Just like how social apps and experiences have become a cornerstone of VR, these same types of software will likely be a big driver of AR adoption in the future. Plus, for the time being, AR apps on iOS are a whole lot more comfortable and accessible than those requiring a headset.”
New iPhone cases and Apple watch straps were unveiled. The 2018 summer colors come in peach, marine green, and sky blue. The silicone phone cases made for iPhone X, 8 Plus, and 7 Plus will cost $39.00 while the smaller versions iPhone 7 and 8 will cost $35.00. Apple Watch Sport Bands in the new hues will cost $49.00.
There is a rainbow-colored Pride Edition Apple Watch band that the company referenced onstage at the keynote. It’s a woven nylon Apple Watch strap that costs $49. A portion of the proceeds from Pride Edition band sales will go toward LGBTQ advocacy organizations.