13 September 2019
Last week, we heard about iOS 13 code references related to the existence of Apple's AR headset. And now, iOS 13 GM and iOS 13.1 beta 3 code files have revealed similar details corroborating previous claims. It is now confirmed that Apple is indeed working on an AR headset and it is currently in the internal testing phase.
The latest bit of information was first spotted and shared by iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) on Twitter. He discovered a Readme file within the iOS 13 GM code which details how to make use of Stereo AR apps without having an AR headset. It mentions the same codenames StarBoard and Garta which are meant for the system shell and the hardware device respectively.
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
It is speculated that Apple's AR headset will have a virtual dashboard like Apple CarPlay that will show all Stereo AR apps at a single place. This will help users in finding AR-compatible apps from all the apps that are installed on one's iPhone or maybe even an iPad. It is currently unknown whether the StarBoard system shell processing will be handled by the AR headset or the iPhone itself.
All of these findings were corroborated by 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo who further suggested that Apple might have pulled out of making an official announcement just at the last minute. Some reports speculated that Apple will have one more event in October and if it is true, we can expect some AR headset related announcement at the same event.