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Pokémon GO adds AR+ support

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AR+ available for iPhone 6S or later
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  • Friday, December 22, 2017

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Pokémon GO is an AR game but has recently implemented a new AR+ mode, which went live on iOS for iPhones 6S and later. The new AR+ mode is a collaboration with Apple and its new ARkit platform.

With AR+, Pokémon will now react when you walk up close like they would if they existed in the real world. Pokémon will run away if they become aware of any people getting close. You can sneak up close to earn an Expert Handler bonus. An awareness meter will appear next to the Pokémon, and if the meter fills up, the Pokémon will flee. If it does, you can try tapping on the tall grass nearby, which may cause the Pokémon to reappear and give you an additional chance to catch it. If you’re able to catch a Pokémon while in close proximity, you’ll have a better chance at earning Great and Excellent Throw bonuses, as well the new Expert Handler bonus that gives more XP and Stardust.

You can share your AR+ photos of your encounters on social media with the hashtag #PokemonGOarplus.