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Apple’s Arkit 2 Features

Apple’s Arkit 2 Features: Augmented reality and Apple’s ARKit development platform has Apple teaming up with Pixar to develop a new file format for sharing AR content.

Here is a look at it features

Showing off the benefits of the digital and physical worlds merging was a new app called Measure, letting you use AR to see the size of items just by dragging a finger across them when your camera is pointed at them. Apple demonstrated sizing up a suitcase and a photograph for framing.

Brands like guitar makers Fender and Lego are also on board, with the toy giant showing off an impressive demo that let previews of physical sets appear on your table top. The Lego demo, using two iPads, also took advantage of ARKit 2.0’s multiplayer support options, with both players sending little Lego Minikit folk strolling around an augmented reality Lego town. Leaning into a Lego building would also let you see through Lego walls to see what the inhabitants inside were up to.

Apple’s Arkit 2 Features
Apple’s Arkit 2 Features

Photos improvements

The Photos app got a smart update with a new enhanced search option. A ‘For You’ tab, making suggestions on what you can possibly do with the photos you have saved.

Suggestions can include anything from making a looped Live Photo (think a GIF), or using machine learning to suggest who’s in your photos so you can share them. This facial recognition feature will, however, rely on using the iCloud Photo Library, so you may have to boost your storage settings to take advantage.

Apple’s Arkit 2 Features
Apple’s Arkit 2 Features

Siri gets smarter

Siri was well in need of an update, and it got one. A new feature, called ‘Shortcuts‘, integrates with apps to build bespoke voice commands. An example given used the Tile Bluetooth tracker, letting you create a voice command like “find my keys” to activate the Tile app locator feature.

Such features will be identified with an ‘Add to Siri’ option within apps, while you can also train the voice assistant to trigger a series of commands with custom commands – for instance, setting up a routine that would both message a spouse and adjust a connected thermostat when you tell Siri you’re “heading home”.

Siri will also make suggestions from the lock screen, letting you know what’s in the vicinity, and will also give you prompts to inform colleagues if it appears you’re running late for a meeting. When it knows you’re in a cinema it can remind you to put your phone on silent.

Stocks, News, Books and Voice Memos

Two become one here – the Stocks and News apps will now combine, bringing the app your rich uncle loves alongside the one that tries to collate all your favorite news sources into one place. Stocks is coming to iPad too, for all that big-screen stock action you’ve been craving all these years.

Apple’s Arkit 2 Features
Apple’s Arkit 2 Features

Voice Memos are also coming to iPad, synced automatically over iCloud.

Do Not Disturb and Grouped Notifications

We’re all spending a little too much time on our connected devices, right? Apple thinks so too, so it’s expanding its Do Not Disturb features, such as grouped notifications, while you’ll get more options for addressing notifications from the lock screen. You’ll also be offered a ‘timer’, to limit screen time for kids. And big kids too…

Memoji – your personalised emoji

No one could have predicted the popularity of the beast-themed Animoji messaging option. But Apple’s going one step further with ‘Memoji’ – personalized animated emoji that can be designed to look like you (or, at least, how you’d like your Messages buddies to see you). Freckles, glasses, hairstyles – you get the picture. In fact, you become the picture.

Facetime Group Calling

Want to video-call three people? How about 32? Group calling in the new and improved FaceTime will let you do that, making use of a moving tile display of faces currently in the chat, floating and coming into greater prominence when someone begins to talk.

Along the bottom of the screen is a scrolling bar of users, letting you choose who takes center stage. Animoji, filters and sticker packs can also be used live.

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