Apple Pushes ARKit Closer to the AR Cloud with Location Anchors, Expands Face Tracking Support « Next Reality

While Apple introduced new AR features for iOS 15 and Object Capture for Reality Kit 2 during the WWDC 2021 keynote, updates for ARKit were curiously absent in the official presentation.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t anything new coming to Apple’s toolkit for mobile AR apps, and the next update helps evolve AR experiences via ARKit towards the sci-fi dream of the Metaverse, also known as the AR cloud.

The headlining feature for ARKit 5 is Location Anchors, an expansion of the persistent content functionality introduced in ARKit 2, which enables apps to execute AR experiences at precise locations in real-world locations, from famous landmarks to friendly neighborhoods, based on latitude, longitude, and altitude coordinates.