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Apple Keeps Quiet on AR; Facebook’s Workrooms Expansion Strategy

The Information | Sept. 14, 2021, 4:15 p.m.

Apple’s latest launch event, unveiling this year’s new iPhone 13 product line, marked this year as a transitional period between more sweeping iPhone redesigns. That was largely expected. Perhaps more surprising is that AR was barely mentioned during the event, with Apple instead focusing on improvements to other aspects of its mobile camera systems. Apple’s new line of A15 chips promise performance improvements across the board, including for mobile AR, but people will still need to fork over money for the high-end Pro line to get the benefits of Lidar—and there was no suggestion in today’s event or tech specs that Apple has actually upgraded that sensor.

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