Pokémon GO gets AR

Pokemon Go is unleashing its digital critters in Apple’s playground for augmented reality turning iPhones made during the past two years into the best place to play the mobile game

Even so, it had its limitations. If you moved, the rendered Pokemon would sort of glide along with you, breaking the illusion.

This might sound more involved than simply tapping on Pokemon from the map like you always have, but there is an advantage to using AR+.

Pokemon GO is adopting Apple's ARKit, with an incoming update to the augmented reality game promising a much better experience on iPhone and iPad. It won't replace the regular AR mode and will instead be a separate option.

Niantic also noted that the new AR+ mode uses significantly less battery than before as it better utilizes Apple's hardware and the new ARKit than the original AR mode. If you walk up to a large Pokemon like Charizard or Gyarados, it'll fill your screen - you may need to tilt your head back a bit to see all of it. Walk up to something small like a Weedle, and you may be tempted to try and squish it with your shoe. Well, first off, with AR+ the Pokemon are fixed to a point in space, so you can walk up real close to them and see how they look from a few inches away. Pokemon Go players running iOS 11 on an iPhone 6S or later can enjoy the new additions. Trainers can now get closer to a Pokémon to receive a special capture bonus, but Pokémon are aware of the physical proximity of Trainers, so they must approach carefully as it may flee if a person comes too close too quickly. To reward Trainers who show sufficient tracking skills, there's a new Expert Handler bonus which will unlock a greater amount of XP and Stardust. Niantic announced the new features as a "partnership" with Apple and pushed speculation about a similar feature for Android devices for a later date.

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