Here’s iOS 13 ARKit 3 compatibility list which confirms whether your iPhone or iPad device will be compatible with it or not.
Apple announced ARKit 3 during its 2019 WWDC opening keynote, and during a developer session the company provided more information on it. There was some interesting news for users of older devices, too, with confirmation that ARKit 3 will only be supported by iPhones and iPads using Apple’s A12 Bionic processor, or newer.
Apple didn’t mention that fact during the initial announcement of ARKit 3, instead choosing to focus on new features such as face tracking, occlusion, and even motion capture. All of that needs processing power in order to work, and that means that Apple is restricting the feature to its newer devices.
People Occlusion and the use of motion capture, simultaneous front and back camera, and multiple face tracking are supported on devices with A12/A12X Bionic chips, ANE, and TrueDepth Camera.
That means that most iPhones and iPads released in the last year or so are fine, but not all. ARKit 3-compatible devices are the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and the 11-inch and 12.9-inch 2018 iPad Pros. That means there are devices you can buy now that won’t support ARKit 3 at all.
Whether most people will even notice that ARKit 3 isn’t supported on their new iPad is debatable, but it’s perhaps a reason to start checking those specifications before you pick up your next iPad in particular – new iPhones tend to use the latest and greatest processor unless we finally do see a replacement for the iPhone SE.
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