Pokémon Go for iOS Adding Advanced 'AR+' Capture Mechanics Thanks to Apple's ARKit

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Niantic and The Pokémon Company today announced that an update coming this week to Pokémon Go on iOS will bring support for Apple's ARKit, enhancing the augmented reality abilities of the popular mobile game. The company is calling this feature "AR+" and will be available to players running iOS 11 on the iPhone 6s and later devices.

    Previously announced by Apple at WWDC, ARKit brings a few new advancements to Pokémon Go's augmented reality technology, including the ability for the app to fix Pokémon to a specific point in space. This scaling feature allows players to walk up close to a Pokémon and move around them freely, bringing the app "one step closer to truly realizing Pokémon the way they are supposed to be represented in the real world," according to Niantic.


    Another advancement is in the awareness of Pokémon that players are trying to capture, meaning that the creatures might run away if they notice trainers are getting too close. But, if trainers can sneak up on the Pokémon an Expert Handler bonus can be earned upon capture. This mechanic is represented in an "awareness meter" next to each Pokémon and if it fills up the Pokémon will flee, although another opportunity for capture might come if the player taps nearby tall grass.

    Both of these new features are combined for the Expert Handler bonus, which rewards players for moving close to a Pokémon in AR+ mode, and capturing it without it fleeing. The bonus will reward players with more XP and Stardust upon capture.

    Regarding the ARKit update to Pokémon Go, the company said that "this is our first step toward making AR capabilities in Pokémon GO even more awesome, opening up the framework for greater AR experiences in the future."

    During the WWDC reveal of ARKit in June, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi presented the Pokémon Go AR+ enhancements now rolling out and stated, "The Pokémon is so real, he's right there on the ground. As the ball bounces, it actually bounces right there in the real environment. It's AR like you've never seen it before."

    Pokémon Go is available to download for free from the iOS App Store [Direct Link].

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  2. superapplestar macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2017
    Yaas pokemon
  3. Jmausmuc macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2014
    This was so fun last year. Too bad the excitement around it died down relatively quickly. I met to many people.
  4. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    And meanwhile on the android front, ARcore is ...?
  5. Mrjoedot macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2012
    Asean market
  6. Micool1 macrumors 6502

    Aug 4, 2014
    Very excited to try it out! I still play this game every day and there's a lot of people around here that play too.
  7. Swampthing Suspended


    Mar 5, 2004
    GLAD to see it is finally coming out the door. It was promised for SEPTEMBER, so they are a few months late. Perhaps all that extra time went into testing and developing a better product? :confused:

    Next up: WALKING DEAD: OUR WORLD. Also promised with ARKit to be released to coincide with Season 8. Last update pushes it back to at least mid January 2018.
  8. twocents macrumors regular


    Mar 31, 2016
    California, USA
    Glad to see they’ve stepped it up from the AR shown at WWDC to add the bushes, bonus rewards, and improved catching! This and the new weather add-on make it feel a lot more tied to our world
  9. CarlJ macrumors 68030


    Feb 23, 2004
    San Diego, CA, USA
    ... one letter longer than ARKit?
  10. GrumpyMom macrumors G3


    Sep 11, 2014
    I don’t play as often since the app started messing with my camera on Android and overheating my 7 Plus. But this sounds like a lot of fun. I rarely see Pokémon where I live so this will have to wait until vacation and holidays.
  11. TMRJIJ macrumors 68040


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    Yes. It’s better now that all the Pokémon Fan Posers are gone.
  12. Bustycat macrumors regular


    Jan 21, 2015
    Kaohsiung, Taiwan
    So it is time to dump old phones and buy one of current iPhones...
  13. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    I mean I wouldn't call the iPhone 6s a current iPhone. It came out over two years ago.
  14. recoil80 macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2014
    Let's call it hARdcore :D

    Google promised they'll release ARcore for more than 100 million devices next year, let's see what happens. The main problem with Android is only a small percentage of the customer base is on the latest version of the OS, so when they introduce new APIs is always hard to reach a wide number of customers. Many are still on 4.4, or 5.0, and you have to support those devices as well.
    That's the reason why I still use WebGL for my "AR" app now, I can run it on iOS and on Android with the same code and don't have to worry about AR sdk coming to Android.
    I plan to upgrade some components of my app to use ARkit in the future, but Android will still use WebGL

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