Apple is reportedly working on a new feature that would allow users to create augmented reality (AR) apps using Siri for its highly-anticipated mixed-reality headset. This information was shared in a report from The Information and covered by the technology news website The Verge.
The technology behind this app-building tool comes from Apple’s 2017 acquisition of startup Fabric Software. The tool is expected to allow users to build AR apps without the need for extensive knowledge of programming or 3D design. For example, users could create an app with virtual animals moving around a room, interacting with real-life objects, without having to design the animal from scratch or program its animations and movements in a 3D space with obstacles.
Apple is also exploring a way to scan real-world objects with its mixed-reality headset to help users create 3D models for their apps. This is similar to Epic’s RealityScan app, which has had some difficulty in recreating objects in limited testing, but Apple’s headset may have better results.
This new development could bring AR app creation to a wider audience and make it easier for people to share their AR creations on the App Store. However, as the information is based on a report from The Information, it is important to note that this feature has not yet been officially confirmed by Apple.