iPhone-to-iPhone Augmented Reality May Soon Be Possible

Apple may soon debut an iPhone-to-iPhone augmented reality feature.

If you think the race for the best (and most) augmented reality (AR) products is gonna slow down, you’re wrong. Huge companies like Google, Amazon and Apple are scrambling to spit out as many AR products as they can develop them.

Both Google and Apple are reportedly trying to develop an AR technology that will allow two people to see the same virtual object in the same space. This bit of technology however is quite controversial and has brought out privacy concerns.

But Apple seems to have gone ahead and is ready to announce its iPhone-to-iPhone AR technology.

Sources claim that the Cupertino-based company has found a workaround to the privacy concern. The scanned data is reportedly going to be sent directly between the phones. This means Apple will not have any chance to see or record any data transmitted between two phones.

This is different from Google’s process which includes users having to scan their surroundings and store that data in the cloud.

The company has declined to comment on any of this rumours. But it has been widely speculated that there won’t be any hardware reveals this year at the WWDC. Instead, Apple will focus on software updates and and bug fixes.

If that is the case, debuting this AR feature would definitely be oen the highlights of the event. We’ve already heard about iPhones possibly being able to open doors. Adding the iPhone-to-iPhone AR would be the icing on the cake. Don’t you think so?

Apple May Give iPhones More NFC-Based Capabilities Through iOS 12

You may soon be able to unlock NFC-enabled doors using your iPhones through the iOS 12.

Near-field communication (NFC) was first integrated in Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. However, this was mainly restricted to Apple Pay transactions. This time, the Cupertino-based company is said to be expanding its NFC capabilities to other uses through the iOS 12 update.

A report by The Information says that Apple is set to change it NFC policies soon. Reports also suggest that it could be at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2018 (WWDC)set to kick-off on June 4.

“The change to the NFC chip…could pave the way for people to use iPhones for other security-sensitive interactions,” the report said.

According to the report, Apple employees are already using their iPhones to unlock doors at the Apple Park. This is possible through “custom badge readers detailed in Federal Communications Commission filings last year.”

Apple first allowed increased functionality with its NFC chip through the CoreNFC framework in iOS 11. However, it only currently allows RFID tags scanning. With the change in NFC policies in the iOS 12, more stuff can finally be integrated. This includes interacting with smart locks, building security systems, vehicles, and paying transit fares.

 

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Apple To Release A Cheaper MacBook Air This Year

Avid users of Apple will soon be buying a new MacBook Air model that is cheaper compared to other Apple products sold before. The Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant’s new MacBook Air is expected to have an affordable price tag.

 

Is Apple ready to sell a cheaper MacBook Air model?

 

This information has surfaced this week after KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released research note, saying a cheaper version of Apple’s laptop will be likely.

 

According to Apple KGI Securities, the tech giant is planning to release a cheaper entry-level laptop by the second quarter this year. And analyst Ming-Chi Kuo hinted that the Cupertino-based company would release a 13-inch MacBook Air.

 

Ming-Chi Kuo said that the lowering of MacBook Air would eventually boost the company’s sales. At present, Apple is selling the MacBook Air with an entry price of $999.

 

But the device’s rumored price could actually stretch to $1, 500 depending on some modifications and options. Since the company had sold the laptop in 2015, the MacBook Air model’s processor did not receive any improvement, and it is ageing already.

 

But what we know so far is that Apple has yet to comment on the issue. It is not, however, clear if the rumored price is possible. Also, it is also unclear whether the MacBook Air model will be receiving a new hardware.

 

Added speculations will be the rumored MacBook Air model features a USB-C charging ports and a high definition Retina display. Regarding the possible announcement, Kuo said that the new MacBook Air would be introduced during Apple’s presentation at WWDC in June.

Apple ARKit: Pokémon Go for iOS Adding Advanced ‘AR+’ Capture Mechanics

Avid players of Pokémon Go will soon be getting a game enhancement via an update. Both Niantic and The Pokémon Company announced earlier this week that Apple iOS users would have the support for Apple ARKit.

This means that iOS players of Pokémon Go will expect a major enhancement of the game’s augmented reality. Called as the “AR+” feature, the company said that the update is expected to be available with players using iOS 11 with iPhone 6s and latest Apple iterations.

What is ARKit?

With the announcement of the game’s update, many are still clueless of what is ARKit? The ARKit was announced earlier this year by the Cupertino-based company at WWDC.

The ARKit is seen to improve the Pokémon Go’s augmented reality technology. This includes, among others, the ability of the game to fix a specific point in space.

“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,” the company said as quoted saying in a report.

Apple said this scaling feature would allow Pokémon Go players to walk up close and move around freely in the space. Aside from this, the update also brings the capability of players to capture any type of creatures in the game.

This works only if a trainer was eventually working close to a creature. However, if a certain trainer could eventually sneak up, then he or she can actually earn an Expert Handler bonus upon capturing the creature.

Meanwhile, citing the same report, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi shared also about the game’s enhancement, saying “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.”

Players can download the game for free via Apple’s iOS App Store.

Apple just loves the new Macbooks

Apple started off real hot in this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). The show starts with Siri’s familiar voice, but all eyes were on the new Macbook pro, which was officially unveiled by Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller. They call it “the most beautiful computer they’ve ever made“. This will of course put it in greater scrutiny to the eyes of the masses, but they sure have some convincing reasons.

Apple’s Macbook pro touts its power in the slimmest Pro yet. Measuring at only 0.71″ thin, and officially weighing at 4.5lbs, this superstar is on par with the Macbook Air, but with a stronger punch. The beauty does not stop there, as Apple’s Macbook Pro adapts the highly sought after Retina Display, giving you the best view of the whole internet. The display is at 15.4″ large diagonally, and sports 220 pixels per inch. The high pixel density will allow you to view the screen as sharply and as realistic as real paper. You have to go really close to notice the pixels at all.

At this point, many of Apple’s customers would be wary of the battery life, due to the high resolution screen. Worry not, as the new Macbook Pro from Apple will last you for about 7 hours long. That’s pretty long enough, considering the power it dishes out. It is also said to have much quieter fans, due to the new way they are placed in the overall design. The Macbook Pro touts at least an i5 or an i7 quad core processor. These are supposed to tout Intel’s latest and greatest ivy bridge processors, bumping the speed and efficiency significantly. Apple has really outdone itself this time.

The rest are standard bumps in specs for this generation, including USB 3.0, a couple of Thunderbird ports, HDMI, and Bluetooth 4.0. The new Macbook Pro connects with 802.11n Wi-Fi. There is also an SD card reader slot. With all that, you can be sure you are pretty well connected on this device.

The Macbook Pro is not the only Macbook that gets a bump in specs. The Macbook air will sport nearly identical specs, but slightly slower, slightly thinner and cheaper than the Macbook Pro.

Prices for Apple’s Macbook pro will be around $2,199 going up with larger memory choices, and the Air will show up at around $999 to $1,499. These are the future of the Mac. Apple seeks to be entirely up to date with hardware while providing the aesthetic beauty of Apple’s designs and software.

Will you be lining up the store for your new Mac soon?

Image sources: gizmodo.com, cnet.com, macworld.com