I've been using iOS 11 public beta for a week and I never knew that it had a secret little bit of 3D magic hidden inside.
Apple's earlier this week. It's suddenly one of my favorite things in iOS 11.in ARKit isn't available to try out in the , but there is something that's close: Apple Maps. Walkthrough 3D flyovers in major cities come close to feeling like augmented reality, and they're definitely more advanced than anything that's been available before. The VR-type effect was discovered
To find the effect, go to a city that's 3D enabled in Maps, and tap on the city to see if it supports Flyover, a 3D tour that's been on iOS for years. Tap Flyover, and suddenly the view of the city can be moved around. Tilting an iPhone or iPad, or going for a short walk, will map into movement in the 3D city model.
Check out my screen recording below of Manhattan. I recorded this on iOS 11's built-in screen recorder on a 10.5-inch iPad Pro.
iOS 11 won't be finalized until the fall. For now, to see this effect, I'd recommend you install the beta on a secondary device that's compatible (and preferably one with an A9 or A10 processor).
And yes, as some have noted, ARKit's tech does seem to be working here: if I cover my rear camera lens, the Maps app asks me to uncover it so the camera can see nearby edges to navigate, which means it's using camera-based tracking as well as the iPhone and iPad motion sensors.
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