The Snorlax looks so close you can practically reach out and hit its giant belly.
Pokémon Go, the 2016 sensation game, is still here, and hopes that Apple will help it become great again.
Later this week, a major Pokémon Go update will hit newer iPhones and iPads with iOS 11.
The automatic update will better leverage Apple’s mobile augmented reality capabilities, including accurate illumination and global positioning and detection.
The end result is that Pokémon will be better combined with the real world after a player activates Apple’s new AR + feature.
The creatures will be bigger or smaller in relation to how far you are.
Each Pokémon will be made in 3D, so you can turn around one to get side views. The plants seem to grow from the ground.
If you get close enough without startling the creature you want to capture, there will be a bonus.
The plot of the game, made by Niantic, remains the same. The player is a trainer on a mission to capture a variety of Pokémon: the cartoon characters of a popular Japanese franchise.
When launched in July 2016, Pokémon Go was an innovative augmented reality game. I placed Pokémon in any scene that a camera of a smartphone pointed to. He made intelligent use of GPS to convert cities and towns around the world into areas of shared Pokémon games.
It also led to some strange news that year.
Yelp added a filter for Pokeparadas. A player accidentally found a corpse. The application was banned in Iran for “security” reasons.
The players were asked not to play in sensitive places such as memorials to the Holocaust. And a Russian blogger was found guilty of inciting religious hatred by filming himself by playing in a church.
A year later, Apple introduced ARKit, its developer tools to create AR applications on iPhones and iPads.
The technology is impressive and it looks great in the first applications, as one that allows you to try Ikea virtual furniture in your home. But until now there has not been a great success like Pokémon Go.
A new update could rekindle our fascination with the game, and perhaps more interest in AR applications in general.