WWDC 2018 and BlackBerry’s KEY2 success | #PNWeekly 308

BlackBerry has a new phone to last a weekend, feature a keyboard and much more while Apple has surged in software in some places and lagged in others.

ARKit 2 brings more people into the experience

Shared experiences will be the biggest thing for mainstream iOS users in the augmented reality space for collaboration and gaming.

Just a Line is Google’s app sharing AR space with scribbles

Android and iOS phones can work together to draw doodles together, at least in some augmented reality space and at least in this new app.

Apple’s WWDC 2018 to be entirely software-focused, no new iPads or MacBooks in store

No iPhone SE 2, no iPad Pros with Face ID, no refreshed MacBooks, and certainly no Apple Watch Series 4. Still, there’s plenty of exciting software stuff reportedly slated for WWDC 2018 announcements.

iOS 11.3 is coming ‘this spring’ with option to turn off performance throttling, AR updates and more

Anyone with a performance-throttled iPhone will be able to turn off the “power management” feature in the upcoming iOS 11.3 update. AR improvements, new Animoji and Health Records are also coming.

What is Pocketnow looking forward to in 2018?

Our publication has a wishlist (of sorts) for 2018 — because if it’s for Christmas, you’re trying way too hard. Will the mobile technology scene conform to our desires? Check out the trends we’re looking at.

Apple reportedly snaps up mixed reality headset maker to help with its own AR products

The latest Apple acquisition is most likely yet another small step towards the realization of Cupertino’s AR-revolutionizing dream.

Apple wants to put a 3D sensor on the back of 2019 iPhones to exploit AR’s full potential

The front-facing TrueDepth cam on the iPhone X is responsible for Face ID and Animoji, but a 2019 rear-mounted 3D sensor could take AR to the next level.

Apple’s first AR headset may not be ready for primetime until 2020, running its very own OS

Although it’s already been years in the making, that standalone first Apple AR headset is still unlikely to see daylight anytime soon.

iPhone 8 Plus Augmented Reality: Apple AR is a HUGE step ahead! (Video)

Virtual space is a whole lotta fun and it’s buttery smooth on the new iPhones. We take a good run and analyze the space of mobile AR.

Lowe’s catches up to reality with two iOS apps with ARKit

Measured will help users do all the spatial logging they need for home improvements while Envisioned by The Mine puts its stock in users’ rooms.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone X camera experience, detailed

Three new phones, one new camera… essentially. And for the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, you’ve got new realities to discover with AR.

ARCore is Google’s SDK for augmented reality without the need to Tango

All those sensors on those Project Tango phones we saw? Google doesn’t need them anymore and has a new SDK to prove it and compete with Apple.

Insiders claim Apple smart glasses don’t have a clear target yet, could end up tethered to iPhones

You probably shouldn’t expect AR-powered Apple smart glasses to launch anytime soon, as “different kinds of prototypes” are still being tested.

Apple ARKit developers show off a neat “Take On Me” trick

Trixi Studios developed a mini-app to test out ARKit’s skills. Apparently, it’s taking us back to the 80’s and to A-Ha. Who knew?

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WWDC brings the goods and we’re not just talking about software. The HomePod and iMac Pro steal breath while the U11 gets a reputation adjustment.

ARKit will let iPhones play with objects that interact in real/virtual life

It’s the developers’ toolkit to implement their projects on Unity, Unreal and other standard engines and push them into iOS and the App Store.