Apple developing an Augmented Reality device codenamed as Garta

Previously it was rumored that Apple is working on has an augmented reality headset or glasses. Recently, DigiTimes reported that the augmented reality project has been called off. Now, a document spotted by MacRumors suggests the development of a head-mounted augmented reality display in an internal build of iOS 13. The internal build of iOS 13 comes with STARTester app.

To replicate the functionality of an augmented reality headset on an iPhone, STARTester app can switch in and out of the head-mounted mode for testing purposes. It is reported that there are two head-mounted states of testing: “worn” and “held.”

As per reports, there is an internal README file in the internal build of iOS 13 which describes a “StarBoard” system shell for stereo augmented reality enabled apps. MacRumors has dug deeper to extract some more information which uncovered several strings that are related to the so-called “StarBoard” mode that comes with reference to augmented reality as AR.

The list of strings includes names like ARStarBoardViewController and ARStarBoardSceneManager.

Apple developing an augmented reality device codenamed as Garta
Apple Glasses – codenamed as Garta

Moreover, the README file also suggests that Apple is developing an augmented reality device codenamed as Garta. It is possible that Garta is one of several prototypes under the T288 umbrella that Apple has under its sleeve.

Renowned individual tech analysts like Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities and Mark Gurman of Bloomberg and analyst groups like CNET are claiming that Apple has a plan to release augmented reality glasses in 2020. So we can expect Apple AR glasses to be launched as early as 2020.

Back in November 2017, Mark Gurman reported that Apple is creating a next-generation headset that would run a custom iOS-based operating system dubbed as “rOS” where the “r” in “rOS” refers to nothing but augmented reality.

Interestingly, in recent past, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has discussed the prospect of augmented reality several times.

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