Apple’s iOS 11 brings Augmented Reality to a huge installed base of over 350 million iOS devices with powerful A9, A10 Fusion or A11 Bionic chips. However, another form of AR is about to be introduced, exclusive to the company’s new iPhone X. Here’s a deeper look at Apple’s big AR surprise. ARKit on your face with the TrueDepth cameraWhile Apple’s existing platform for ARKit in iOS 11 targets a huge installed base of single-camera iPhone and iPad models, the company is also about to release something that no Android phone will have in the short term: a front facing depth camera capable of performing even more sophisticated AR effects. On iPhone X, ARKit apps can take advantage of its TrueDepth camera to make the user’s face into the surface where 3D graphics are built. This uses facial geometry to track the user’s pose, face shape and their expression, enabling Animoji (below), Portrait Lighting effects, masks and avatars; effectively, a very sophisticated new depth of AR effects for the front-facing camera.
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