Every time the Apple CEO comes on the scene, it means that a new iOS-based product looms on the horizon. It was the same this time at the event “Apple Special Event”, which was broadcast from the Theater named after Steve Jobs in Cupertino.
The company presented new iterations of Apple Watch and iPhone X. The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR were presented, whose name confuses fans of immersive technologies a little. XR (pronounced “10 R”) is a budget model and has nothing to do with XR technology (Cross Reality).
However, immersive technologies (or, more accurately, augmented reality ) were still mentioned in the presentation, but already in connection with ARKit 2 and two XS models in which the new A12 Bionic chip was installed. The company even demonstrated the impressive capabilities of the new chip to calculate AR processes using several applications and games.
A12 Bionic with 6.9 billion transistors is a combination of a 4-core GPU, a 6-core processor and a Neural Engine consisting of 8 cores. This is the world’s first 7-nanometer chip, which, according to Apple, can perform 5 trillion operations per second.
A12 Bionic allows you to calibrate cameras to handle the augmented reality processes with accurate motion tracking using a gyroscope and an accelerometer. It makes it possible to use AR at a low level of illumination while ensuring the rate of cadres at 60 frames per second due to the technology of machine learning.
Philip W Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of global marketing, called the A12 Bionic “a huge breakthrough”, the smartest and most powerful chip for a smartphone. He also said that the A12 Bionic will open many new excellent features for the iPhone and will allow creating advanced unsurpassed content.
According to Kaiann Drance, senior director of marketing for iPhone, the increased screen of new models of iPhone X will turn into a kind of window, leading to new AR impressions.