Apple has another event planned for November 10. Here's' how to find the Apple Silicon event invite's hidden augmented reality surprise.
Apple’s new ‘One more thing’ event includes a fun and colorful augmented reality (AR) Easter egg. The three-dimensional augmented reality animation was hidden in the announcement for the company's latest Apple event, now scheduled for November 10. The announcement was brief and gave away little other than the title, time and date, leaving the rest to the imagination.
Apple has been having fun with the last few events. An augmented reality animation was included with the invitation for its ‘Time Flies’ event in September, which announced the new Apple Watch. That AR object was a tubular knot in the shape of the Apple logo, that unwound and formed the date or the event. Next was the ‘Hi, Speed’ event for the iPhone 12 series. This time, the AR object was translucent orange and blue spheres that flew into clouds of orbs before displaying the October 13 event date.
‘One more thing' marks the next Apple event of the year and it is expected to showcase the first official Apple Silicon Mac. Once again, Apple hid an augmented reality object in the announcement. It’s easy to activate and view, but for anyone unfamiliar with this relatively new technology, a few tips can help. To begin with, head to the event page on Apple’s website on an Apple device. Then simply tap on the Apple logo which should launch the AR experience.
How To Set Up & View AR Overlays
When in the AR object viewer, there will be two options for seeing the animation. One is to view the animation over a white background, called Object View. While this gets the job done, and allows viewing of the animation from multiple angles, it doesn’t provide the complete experience that the overlaid AR can. Although, as the AR view is the default, it should be automatically selected after tapping on the logo.
In AR mode, the user may be instructed to pan their device around to allow the phone to orient to the environment. The first thing to appear will be a black Apple logo laying flat on whatever surface is in view of the device's camera, making it appear as if it is in the real world surroundings. A glow of rainbow light will leak from around the edges of the logo, before it then tilts upright with the light spilling out behind. Pinching the animation allows for resizing while dragging with one finger will rotate. It’s fun to briefly play with, and helps to add further mystery to Apple’s next big event, due to take place next week.