Pokemon Go will be receiving a major update soon, which is set to bring an enhancement to the game’s AR mode. The new mode is called AR+, which uses Apple’s ARKit augmented reality technology. This will make capturing Pokemon even more immersive, with new enhancements making the experience even better.
Depth perception and scaling improvements are coming to the game thanks to this new mode, with Pokemon appearing closer to their canonical size rather than them all being more or less the same size. They will also appear in more fixed locations, allowing you to maneuver around them as if they were actually in a spot near you.
Despite making the experience more immersive, there will actually be some gameplay benefits for those who opt to use this new mode. Pokemon can be scared away with quick movement, resulting in you missing out on some new Pokemon if you’re careless. However, if you manage to sneak up on one without scaring it then you will receive the “expert handler” bonus, which will get you bonus XP and stardust upon capturing the Pokemon.
The catch here is that this will be an Apple-exclusive feature, seeing as it is utilizing Apple-exclusive technology to achieve these benefits. You also need to have a relatively recent model of the iPhone or iPad be able to use the new mode, with iPhone 6S and up, fifth generation iPads and iPad Pro models all featuring the support.
Of course, if you’d rather not take part in this new mode at all and would rather stick to how things have been for the past year and a half, then you can do exactly that. AR+ mode will be available to toggle on and off, with the original AR mode still remaining a part of the game.
Pokemon GO is available for iOS and Android devices.