Apple iOS 11 Update Will Improve Pokemon GO

As Pokemon GO approaches its one year mark since release on iOS devices, it looks like the game will soon be getting a boost in realism. Thanks to the newly announced ARKit augmented reality tool announced by Apple today, augmented reality creations like Pokemon GO will seem every more like they’re a part of the world around them.

ARKit was revealed by Apple CEO Tim Cook during the Worldwide Developer’s Conference this morning, where he spoke about the future of augmented reality apps on iOS. During his keynote address, Cook described the “fast and stable motion tracking” that will make augmented reality objects interact better with their surroundings.

For instance, objects like Pokemon will look like they’re actually standing on the ground, instead of hovering over it. Additionally, as users move their mobile devices around, the AR objects will remain stationary, with less shifting.

During a demo at the event, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi showed off a Pikachu whose position and shadowing made it seem more dynamically embedded in the environment. To those watching, it really did look like the yellow lightning Pokemon was actually standing on the ground.

This is good news for the game that topped the iOS App Store on launch day, and captured the hearts and minds of Pokemon fans around the globe. And thanks to continued fixes and updates from developer Niantic, the game has continued to improve over the last 12 months, making it just as inviting to play today as it was last summer.

Additionally, with the recent revelation that playing Pokemon GO can be good for a person’s health, it seems there are ever more reasons to continue playing the mobile augmented reality game.

The ARKit feature isn’t set to launch until later this year, so unfortunately it won’t be available on Pokemon GO for the upcoming Fire and Ice event, but will hopefully be ready to go for any winter events Niantic may be planning for the game.

In the meantime, it seems there are numerous augmented reality game developers excited for the ARKit feature, meaning gamers will have plenty of augmented reality games to enjoy with better, more realistic creations in the not-too-distant future.

Pokemon GO is currently available for Android and iOS devices.

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