Apple Bringing Augmented Reality to iOS Camera?

iPad maker Apple is planning to bring augmented reality capabilities to iPhone’s camera app, a new patent indicates.

A new Apple patent unearthed by Patently Apple, Apple is planning to bring augmented reality mapping capabilities to the iPhone.

The patent titled ‘augmented reality maps’ explains how the iPhone’s camera and device sensors will be able to provide users with augmented reality based mapping data coupled with regular search features found in a typical maps app.

Apple said in the patent filing that the feature will prove to be vital for people visiting a city for the first time and don’t know their way around. Essentially, Apple plans to allow people to find their way around without having to read directions.

"For example, an instruction that directs a user to go north on Main Street assumes that the user can discern which direction is north. Further, in some instances, street signs might be missing or indecipherable, making it difficult for the user to find the directed route." the patent says.

Apple has long been rumoured to be coming up with its own mapping service for iOS in order to compete with Google, whose Android operating system has emerged as a huge threat to Apple’s iOS eco-system.