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With iPhone X, Apple is hoping to augment reality for the everyman

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The iPhone X is here, which means Apple’s push into augmented reality (AR) begins in earnest.

AR offers a future where any graphic you see on a computer screen could be extracted and superimposed onto a real-world environment. Want to see how a new piece of furniture would look in your living room? Just point to a digital model on your smartphone screen. Want to examine an anatomical model from all angles? Digitally place it on your desk.

A whole range of tech players think this technology - variously called augmented reality, mixed reality or immersive environments - is set to create a truly digital-physical blended environment.

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That’s what Apple is betting on with ARKit, a platform that lets developers create AR experiences. It will roll out with iOS 11, the latest version of its operating system.

Almost all the big consumer technology brands have made investments in this new technology, but for now, Apple seems to be providing the most seamless,........

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