Apple unveiled its operating system iOS 13 with a host of new features which will change the face of Augmented Reality application development. The new-mobile operating system—iOS 13—is focused on blazing speed and privacy. It comes with a suite of new features and improvements across its core functionality. With iOS used daily on more than billions of iPhones and iPads, the focus is solely on performance. The new features will change iPhone app development services.
Features of ARKit 3 for Augmented Reality App Development
Apple announced the latest update to its augmented reality platform with ARKit 3. The latest release brings major features like people occlusion, motion capture, multiple face tracking, simultaneous front and back camera use, and more.
People occlusion makes it possible to mix people and virtual objects in the same AR scene. It offers a more realistic experience for users and makes things for developers easy. Now, AR content realistically passes behind and in front of people in the real world, making AR experiences more immersive while enabling green screen-style effects in almost any environment. This helps achieve AR viewed by the host device’s camera. ARKit 3 is able to understand where people are and position them so they appear in front of them, thus partially occluding them.
Motion capture is a way for developers to use movement and pose in real time as input for AR experiences with a single camera. By accurately understanding the position of body and movement as a series of joints and bones, you can use motion and pose as an input to the AR experience — placing people at the center of AR.
Simultaneous Front and Back Camera
Now users can simultaneously use face and world tracking on the front and back cameras, opening up new possibilities. Users can interact with AR content in the back camera view using just their face.
Multiple Face Tracking
Now ARKit Face Tracking tracks up to three faces at once, using the TrueDepth camera on iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and iPad Pro to power front-facing camera experiences like Memoji and Snapchat.
Developers can simultaneously access both face and world tracking on the front and back cameras at once. Live collaborative sessions are supported between multiple people, using a shared world map.
iOS 13 Features
Apple is promising that iOS 13 will be its fastest OS so far. SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi announced that the updated OS is significantly faster and more data-conscious, with a new app download packaging format that means that apps now load twice as fast as they do on iOS 12. Apple promises several features such as Face ID will unlock 30 percent faster and that apps will launch twice as fast in iOS 13.
Dark mode is the most anticipated change and biggest visual update to Apple’s operating system.
- iOS 13 is offering a true, system-wide dark mode.
- Apple’s first-party apps are supported and even notifications and the dock get new dark hues to go with it.
New Swiping Keyboard
- Apple is finally getting in tune with the times with its “Quick Path” keyboard a swiping function.
- Revamped Reminders app in iOS 13, adding new “Today,” “Scheduled,” “Flagged,” and “All” filtering options to sort your tasks, along with a whole new visual look.
- Apple’s pushing AI integration where Reminders will automatically suggest what needs to be reminded, and more.
Updates to Apple Mail, Notes, and Safari
- Apple’s tweaking its core applications on iOS 13 and set to get desktop formatting.
- Notes is a new gallery view for looking at your notes at once.
- Apple Maps with iOS 13 and rebuilt the app from the ground up, with more comprehensive map data and a new mode.
- New map will be available in select cities and states to start, and will roll out across the US by the end of 2019 and internationally in 2020.
HomeKit's new features are designed to protect the privacy and security inside of your home.
- Apple has enhanced support for cameras this year through a feature called HomeKit Secure Video allowing compatible HomeKit security cameras to send video to your iPad or Mac inside of your home for analysis and encryption.
- HomeKit-enabled routers that will ensure that your router can put a firewall around HomeKit devices to keep intruders from gaining access to these smart devices.
- Apple now allows for the creation of iMessage profiles, complete with a Photo, Memoji, or Animoji profile picture. Whenever you message someone, this photo and your name will be shared so you'll never wonder "Who's texting me?"
When was iOS 13 released?
- iOS 13.0 beta: Released at WWDC on June 3, 2019
- iOS 13.0 public release: Expected Fall 2019
How to Get iOS 13 Today
With initial warnings out of the way, if you still want to proceed, you have to join the Apple Developer Program to download iOS 13. You will need the following:
- iOS13-compatible device — iPhone 6S or newer, the most recent iPod Touch, iPad Pro, iPad Gen 5 or 6, iPad Air Gen 2 or 3, or iPad Mini Gen 4.
- Mac computer running the latest version of MacOS (Mojave).
- Lightning-to-USB cable. (Or USB-C, depending on what Mac you have)
- iTunes, updated to the latest version.
- Apple Developer License (or a credit card and $99).
Go to the Developer Program site and click “Enroll” button. Joining the developer program is free for individuals who are new to development. You will need to sign in to your Apple ID using two-factor authentication and few developer contracts.
Augmented Reality app development will experience a complete transformation with ARKit 3 and new features of iOS development. Are you ready to build an immersive experience?