Apple iPhone 8, which is scheduled to launch later this year as part of Apple’s 10th-anniversary edition, has been a subject of numerous rumours and the latest one indicates that Apple might integrate Augmented Reality technology into its FaceTime app.
At the conference, the company had indicated at Augmented Reality implementation into iOS 11 which would have leveraged built-in camera and motion sensors on iPhone and iPad to offer AR experience to users.
The company has also released an ARKit for developers which will help them use the latest computer vision tech to create immersive AR content which can be used in gaming, shopping, industrial design and more.
“With iOS 11, we’re delivering the biggest AR platform in the world, and it’s available today for developers to begin building AR experiences using ARKit for hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users,” said Craig Federighi, Senior VP of Software Engineering, Apple.
According to a report in VCDaily, Apple might bring the AR tech to its FaceTime app, which hasn’t received any major feature update for several years — seven, to be precise.
The inclusion of AR technology into FaceTime will make video conversations even more interactive and will also give Apple’s video calling app the much-needed boost to compete with its long-term rival Skype.
With Microsoft updating Skype with new features to suit the changing times, it’s a given that Apple will make necessary changes to its FaceTime app, or else will risk losing the battle against Microsoft’s video conferencing service.
The report points out that Apple has filed and won a patent which will allow them to make use of Light Field cameras in a different way than usual.
Although not all patents see the day of the light and a vast a majority of them remain on paper — since Apple is integrating Augmented Reality into iOS 11 — it seems highly likely that the company will make necessary hardware and software alterations to integrate AR across its products, including FaceTime.