Hints of Apple Augmented Reality glasses found in iOS 13 code

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in General Discussion edited September 2019
References to stereo augmented reality apps, as well as the codename "Garta," have been spotted within Apple's internal betas of iOS 13 -- following and apparently refuting previous reports that Apple had abandoned the concept.

Apple loves AR, but it's surely not expecting us to see the world through iPads all the time
Apple loves AR, but it's surely not expecting us to see the world through iPads all the time


Documentation concerning Apple's in-house beta tests of iOS 13 reportedly include multiple references to functions and apps that support an AR Glasses type of device. While not meaning that we will see AR Glasses launched soon, it appears to mean that recent reports of the device's demise were as wrong as AppleInsider said.

Now, according to MacRumors, the internal Apple beta for iOS 13 includes a range of evidence concerning AR. These include an app called STARTester, which appears to emulate an AR headset for the purposes of testing. This testing app includes references to the different states when a device is "worn" or "held."

Reportedly, there is even a ReadMe file that refers to a system called StarBoard for stereo AR apps, and names a device called Garta. Previously, Apple's internal code name for the whole AR glasses project has been said to be "T288" so this may represent one of perhaps many devices in that range.

As well as this ReadMe file and the testing app, the actual code for this internal build of iOS 13 includes references to "StarBoard mode," "ARStarBoardViewController" and so on.

What will be seen in the forthcoming iOS 13 is the series of improvements that Apple has made to ARKit, the company's framework that allows for augmented reality functions within apps.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    So, code intended only for use internally has been leaked? That seems as much a story as the AR code references. 
  • Reply 2 of 7
    crowleycrowley Posts: 7,624member
    Weird code name.
  • Reply 3 of 7
    avon b7avon b7 Posts: 5,674member
    Perhaps coincidence but my wife used to use Hitachi Starboards which are interactive whiteboards.
  • Reply 4 of 7
    So it’ll be an AR garter belt?
  • Reply 5 of 7
    Count me in for v3 of this technology.

    (Still wearing Apple Watch Series 0)
  • Reply 6 of 7
    mcdavemcdave Posts: 1,594member
    crowley said:
    Weird code name.
    StarBoard vs SpringBoard?
  • Reply 7 of 7
    crowleycrowley Posts: 7,624member
    mcdave said:
    crowley said:
    Weird code name.
    StarBoard vs SpringBoard?
    I meant Garta.
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