At the moment, the release of iOS 13 has not yet taken place. But the released beta confirmed the fact that Apple is indeed working on an augmented reality headset.
Developer Steve Troughton-Smith said on his official Twitter page that there is a readme file in the beta assembly that contains information about a device called Garta. It is likely that this particular device is augmented reality glasses from the “apple” giant.
StarBoard frameworks on iOS 13 now. StarBoard is Apple’s system shell for stereo augmented reality apps (headset). Guess secrecy is out? pic.twitter.com/XTnlqQgpHh
– Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) September 10, 2019
The developer noticed that the launch of AR-applications will be carried out using the StarBoard shell. In the text, it is completely openly reported that Apple is actively testing the new device. At the moment, in the folder found by Troughton-Smith, there is a guide on how to run augmented reality applications in stereo mode on the iPhone.
The iOS 13 GM also comes with a readme file (!) for how employees can run Stereo AR apps on an iPhone when you don't have access to Apple's headset 😳 pic.twitter.com/SeZEHW8p0S
— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) September 10, 2019
This fact indicates that Garta will adjust the operation of the application depending on the interpupillary distance of the user. This, in principle, will help improve the user’s perception of augmented reality. In addition, in the source code of iOS 13, data was found that indicated the development of a game controller for the AR device.
It is possible that the novelty will be demonstrated in 2020. However, Apple does not comment on this. This may be due to the fact that work on the project is moving far from what was predicted by the company. Or, which is also quite likely, the “apple” giant wants to surprise its audience as much as possible, because for now it is languishing with its silence.