Pokémon Go on the iPhone Getting Better AR with Support of ARKit

Posted by at 7:16 am on December 22, 2017

Pokémon Go is upping it augmented reality (AR) features on new iPhones. Developer Niantic is adding support for AR+ with Apple’s ARKit to offer improved augmented reality

With AR+, Pokémon will be fixed to a point in space, meaning that you’ll be able to walk up close to the monsters as well as around them to get a better idea of their size and scale.

Plus, Pokémon will have awareness with AR+, and they’ll run away if you get to close. The monsters will have an awareness meter, and if it fills up, they’ll flee. You can try tapping on tall grass nearby to get a Pokémon to reappear.

If you sneak up on a Pokémon you’ll be able to earn an Expert Handler bonus that’ll get you more XP and Stardust. And if you can catch a Pokémon while in close proximity, you’ll have a better chance at getting Great and Excellent Throw bonuses.

Pokémon Go’s new AR+ features will be available soon. They will be exclusive to the iOS version of the game and will be available on iPhone 6s models and newer running iOS 11.


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