Technology Apple's iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X to kick off mainstreaming of augmented reality

15:50  12 september  2017
15:50  12 september  2017 Source:   ZDNet

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The iPhone 8 will be announced on 12 September, as confirmed by Apple ' s sending of press invites on 31 August. Patent 9,488,488, for ' Augmented reality maps' And the 5. 8 in version of the iPhone 8 - the iPhone 8 Plus , presumably - will have a resolution of 2,800 x 1,242 and a pixel density of 528ppi.

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The launch of Apple's iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and likely iPhone X may wave the starter's flag for augmented reality developers with a bevy of apps to follow.

Apple has been foreshadowing a move into augmented reality with ARkit, a software developer's kit unveiled at WWDC, and a preview of some handy apps this month.

The Apple iPhone 8 event will be the third installment of the company's augmented reality push and there are a few key reasons to believe that AR will become mainstream. Among the key items to know:

  • Apple's iOS 11 will be rolled out broadly with new iPhone and the company doesn't have the fragmentation that has hampered previous AR efforts.
  • Developers make money with Apple and have been burned with experiments with AR and VR elsewhere.
  • iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X are expected to create a big upgrade cycle for Apple. There are a bevy of iPhone 6s devices in the field.
  • The combined installed base creates a ready-made AR audience for new applications on the consumer and business fronts.
  • And these AR efforts aren't going to require headsets or new hardware beyond the iPhone.

Let's be clear: Apple's iPhone event circa 2017 is all about the hardware. The broader ramifications, however, are likely to be about augmented reality. Apple just started the real AR race.

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iPhone 8 - Apple CEO Tim Cook hints Augmented Reality is ‘a big idea like the smartphone’. And now it appears that Augmented Reality (AR) could be a focus for the device – which will also sport the dual-camera set-up that first shipped on the iPhone 7 Plus .

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As excited as I was about the iPhone X heading into the Apple event today, I walked away conflicted. There is no question that the iPhone X is one of the most fascinating phones the company has ever released, but its faults are significant and difficult to ignore. Below, I've come up with four compelling arguments for why, if you are dead set on upgrading your phone this year, you should choose the iPhone 8 instead. 1. Avoid the dreaded notch We talked a lot about the notch atop of the iPhone X display in the lead up to the event, but it didn’t really hit me until they showed a video running on the iPhone X on stage at the event.

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