Pokémon Go getting game-improving and iPhone-exclusive AR+ feature soon

Expect tempers to Flareon the Android side.  

Those of you with a newer iPhone will be able to make use of an enhanced augmented reality (AR+) feature coming to Pokémon Go "soon". You'll need an iPhone 6s or newer, and iOS 11.

AR+ makes the game work better when catching creatures with the camera, basically. Not only will be pokémon be more accurately positioned and sized according to their surroundings - and how near or far you are from them - you'll also be able to go closer to trigger a special capture bonus. You'll have a greater chance at getting Great or Excellent Throw bonuses. You can even unlock a special Expert Handler bonus providing more Stardust and XP.

But approach too quickly and pokémon may flee. You'll be able to gauge how you're doing using an on-screen awareness meter, and even if you fail you can potentially get another chance by tapping tall grass nearby and making the pokémon reappear.

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'Imagine looking up at a massive Onix or walking around a gigantic Snorlax blocking your path!' wrote Niantic. 'This feature brings us one step closer to truly realising pokémon the way they are supposed to be represented in the real world.'

As it's Apple's ARKit powering AR+, the feature is only available on iPhone.

Pokémon Go has been alive for over a year-and-a-half now and it is still going strong. In fact, Pokémon Go recently had what Tom Phillips - who simply cannot stop playing - described as the game's best event.

To think this was nearly 18 months ago!

If you're new to Pokémon Go or need any help then we have guides, tips and tricks galore.

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