It’s no secret that Apple’s been quietly attempting to build an augmented reality headset. Over the previous number of years, Apple has hired, acquired, attempted to patent and repeatedly talked up the concept — Apple CEO Tim Cook known as AR as big an idea like the smartphone, and reportedly had 1,000 engineers working on the tech in 2017.
However regardless of repeated rumors that Apple is on the brink of produce such a headset — Bloomberg, CNET and reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo have all recommended Apple’s aiming to supply it in 2019 and ship it in 2020 — it’s only immediately that we’re seeing what seems to be explicit affirmation from Apple itself that an AR headset is being examined inside the company.
It involves us within the type of this screenshot from iOS developer and reliable leak-finder Steve Troughton-Smith.
StarBoard. Garta. For those who’ve been following Apple AR headset rumors intently, you’ve heard these codenames earlier than — maybe alongside Luck, Franc, and HoloKit, all of which have lately appeared in internal builds of iOS 13, in keeping with stories from 9to5Mac and MacRumors. But now, Troughton-Smith and 9to5Mac’s Guilherme Rambo say they’ve someway made their approach to semi-public, developer-facing betas and masters of iOS 13, too.
The screenshot just about says all of it: Apple is testing an inside device often called “Garta,” and if you wish to take a look at your stereo AR apps with that gadget, you’ll want to set them to “worn” mode in order that it could actually apply completely different “distortions” than if the app is being “held” as an alternative.
Which suggests that Garta is a stereoscopic AR headset — because that’s the type of gadget you’d wear, and which might regulate how an augmented reality app would look to match lenses in front of your eyes. (AR and VR headsets sometimes monitor their computer graphics “projections” to correctly stretch throughout your subject of view whereas utilizing as little processing power as possible.)
Troughton-Smith says the iOS 13 code also seems to have references to a game controller that could be used alongside these apps.