Apple seemingly has big AR (augmented reality) ambitions, which could culminate in a pair of smart glasses, but before that the company is said to be working on putting AR features into the iPhone’s camera app.
While Apple has been slow to adopt virtual reality in its gadgets (the company has virtually nothing on that front so far), there’s a chance that the company might at least jump on the augmented reality bandwagon.
To achieve this, Apple is reportedly working with several AR startups, as well as teams from AR/VR companies Metaioand Flyby Media which it had acquired in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
In terms of features, this could mean pointing your phone’s camera to an object in the real world and have it recognized — a feature that sounds similar to the one offered by AR startup Blippar. Another possible feature would be face recognition and manipulation; similar features can be seen today on Snapchat and Facebook-acquired Masquerade.
Once the features are built into the iPhone’s camera, Apple plans to release an SDK so that third party developers can tap into the technology and create AR apps of their own.
No timeline for any of these features is mentioned in the report.