We’ve just learned several important details around some of the key iOS improvements Apple hopes to make available to the rest of us in the coming weeks.

ARKit is about to improve

Apple wants to energize ARKit development with a range of powerful new features in ARKit 1.5 and iOS 11.3, which are currently in beta testing. These important improvements will clear even more space between the company and competitors in the mobile space. They include:

  • The capacity to recognize vertical surfaces (walls, doors, and such like). Until now, ARKit could only recognize horizontal surfaces.
  • Image detection for signs, posters and other artwork
  • Higher-resolution (1,080p instead of 720p), enabling more realism in AR experiences.

These improvements should mean ARKit developers will be able to build better games (such as bouncing balls off of walls) and more immersive VR experiences, particularly in the education and museum sectors.

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