To mark the one-year anniversary of the launch of ARKit, Apple plans to release important updates to its Augmented Reality Mobile Apps Toolkit at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California next week
Bloomberg reports that ARKit 2.0 , which will come later this year with iOS 12, will provide support for multiplayer experiences.
If true, this announcement would confirm not only the reports earlier this year, but also the capabilities that Google has introduced to its IO developer conference last month with its Cloud Anchors platform. However, it is not clear if Apple's multiplayer style will have the cross-platform features of Cloud Anchors.
While Google has a head start in multiplayer, developer adoption has not yet been achieved , Google recently released the first Cloud Anchors app to update the Just a Line app for Android and launch the same app in the App Store. So, if the AR Toolkit development race is a marathon, Google's lead could be measured in yards rather than miles (or meters and kilometers for the metric world).
But Apple is currently catching up with multiplayer mode in ARKit 2.0. The same report shows that Apple also brings persistence to mobile AR experiences in iOS 12, a feature that would overtake Google and ARCore.
The combination of multiplayer experiences and stubborn content would not only be a major advancement capability for ARKit, but also a step closer to realizing the AR Cloud, for which augmented reality advocates are drooling.
Finally, the report also mentions that iOS 12 will update the process of sending Animoji. Hopefully that means the feature will be solved from the News app, but we do not know it yet.
For more details, we will have to wait for the WWDC next week or anonymous sources to contact us.  Do not Miss: Learn how Shared AR Experience works through Google's Cloud Anchors