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Apple has an advanced augmented reality tool, ARKit, in the works for iOS, and Pokémon Go will be one of several apps to support it. The company showed off a brief demonstration of what that might look like during the opening presentation for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference.
ARKit will use “fast, stable motion tracking,” as well as scale estimation and ambient lighting estimation for a more immersive version of augmented reality. In short: Expect a much more realistic, better-looking style of the technology than what is currently on display in Pokémon Go.
Apple didn’t mention how Pokémon Go will work specifically with ARKit, nor when the technology will launch. Other apps expected to use the more complex tech include one from Ikea and one starring Lego Batman.
ARKit will also have support for development tools Unity and Unreal Engine. Apple’s current hardware doesn’t yet support the technology, however, so you’ll have to wait a bit longer for a more realistic version of Pokémon Go.