Apple, however, leverages this technology to improve AR experiences by enabling apps to more quickly see and recognize the room around them. Doing so gives the apps a better sense of their environment so they can more accurately integrate their digital constructs into the user’s view of the physical world.
While this capability has been around since March, hefting a big, beefy iPad Pro around the house just to see if that AR IKEA couch will look good in your living room was a bit of a pain (in the arms). However with the iPhone 12 Pro’s more reasonable form factor, that experience should soon be much improved. Can’t wait to see if the company will end up incorporating a similar scanner into the rumored AR specs, which Apple has been supposedly working on for release in the next year or so.