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Pokemon Go Announces New AR+ Mode for Apple Devices Only

Pokemon Go Announces New AR+ Mode for Apple Devices Only

Pokemon Go will soon get an update to its AR mode. If you moved, the rendered Pokemon would sort of glide along with you, breaking the illusion.

Called AR+, the enhanced version uses Apple's ARKit augmented reality technology and will include special new features and exclusive bonuses.

In addition, Matt Selmon, one of Niantic's game developers, recently told Express Online that though they will not manipulate the recently introduced weather systems, fans can expect some Pokemon to appear more frequently during the Christmas event.

"Scale" simply means that Pokemon seen in AR+ mode will exist at a fixed point in the environment. You'll have an easier time catching the Pokemon, too, since the capture circles will be larger the closer you get.

There's even a brand new Hoenn badge for players to unlock. If it fills all the way, the Pokemon will flee - so you'll have to find that sweet spot of getting close enough to make sure you don't miss your Pokeball throw, but far enough away that you don't scare it off. Wild Pokemon encountered in AR+ have a sense of awareness, so it will be important for you to sneak up behind them or they will see you coming and run away.

AR+ will be available on iPhone 6s and newer iPhones, iPad 5th generation and newer iPads, and all iPad Pro models. Plus, if you capture the Pokemon at close range, you will receive an Expert Handler bonus that provides additional XP and Stardust. Niantic announced the new features as a "partnership" with Apple and pushed speculation about a similar feature for Android devices for a later date.

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