It looks like Niantic is bringing AR+ to Pokemon Go, allowing trainers to get up close and personal with their favourite Pokemon. AR+ leverages Apple’s ARKit framework, and is available for iPhone 6s and newer models running on iOS 11.
AR+ places Pokemon at a fixed position. Unlike current AR, you can actually sneak up close to the Pokemon and see how they look like in the real world. Imagine looking up at a massive Onix, or see how cute Chansey really is. You can take more creative pictures with your Pokémon, as well as earn extra bonuses because in AR+ mode, Pokémon are actually aware of trainers.
Be careful though, Pokémon are actually aware of their trainers, so you’ll need to move slow otherwise it might flee. If you manage to get really close, not only will it be easier for you to throw a Great or Excellent ball, you will also earn Expert Handler bonus that offers additional XP and Stardust.
There’s an awareness meter next to the Pokemon, and if you get too close, the meter will fill up and the Pokemon will run away. What’s interesting is that Niantic will actually give you a chance to catch a Pokemon that has fled. Just tap the tall grass nearby, and the Pokemon may reappear.
Sadly though, AR+ is currently available for iOS 11 users using an iPhone 6s or newer device. Niantic did not mention if it will be bringing this experience to Android devices.