Apple plans to use Apple AR in find my apps, according to reports earlier. These reports include a number of evidence that it will appear in IOS 14, but it has not yet. Now, a newly disclosed patent supports the reports and provides details of how the system works.
Apple’s patent name is “tracking system for electronic devices,” focusing on how find my tracks devices, but also shows what it calls “visual aids.”. Apple said in the patent that the iPhone’s control circuit can use a display or other output device to guide users to find items. The display can display a visual guide, such as arrows, spheres, circles, compass, maps or other visual aids to indicate the direction of the item.
At present, if users are tracking, for example, far away airtags, find my will first take the user to Apple map. Then, when the user is closer, if the iPhone has a U1 chip, it switches from the map to a graph, displaying an arrow pointing to the device. Apple hopes the system will continue from the description of the patent, but at the end of the process, what users see will change.
The display can overlay visual aids on real-time images around the user, because they are captured by the camera, and if necessary, the control circuit can wait until the electronic device is within the predetermined range of the object, and then turn on the camera. Once the camera is turned on by the application, find my displays the view from the camera and overlaps it with the comment. Apple’s patent does not specify what these annotations are, but they do say they can help indicate the distance between users and lost objects.
Apple says control circuits can change the size or other features of visual aids as the distance between electronic devices and objects changes. When the direction of electronic equipment changes with respect to the object, the control circuit can change the position of the visual aids on the display. Therefore, when the object is at the limit point of camera opening, it can be represented by a large sign and arrow. Then, when the user approaches the device, this can be reduced, so find my shows more detailed details of the exact location of the missing items.