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iOS 13 Code Suggests Apple Developing AR Glasses Codenamed ‘Garta’

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Code found in an internal build of iOS 13 suggests Apple is continuing work on its AR headset.

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New evidence of stereoscopic AR functionality found in the latest Cupertino’s internal builds of iOS may indicate that Apple is still working on its fabled AR glasses — codenamed “Garta” — despite rumors to the contrary, reads a new report from MacRumors.

According to the report, which cites an internal build of the soon-to-be-released software, iOS 13 reportedly includes references to a new “STARTester” app which is used for switching in and out of a headset mode, with two modes: “worn” and “held.”

In addition to the STARTester app and StarBoard README file, iOS 13 includes “numerous strings related to a so-called ‘StarBoard mode’ and various ‘views’ and ‘scenes,'” explains the report. “Many of the strings reference augmented reality, including ‘ARStarBoardViewController’ and ‘ARStarBoardSceneManager.'”

The news comes despite a recent report from Digitimes claiming the project had been scrapped, with the team behind it being disbanded in May.

After that report, follow-up news explained that Apple reportedly shifted key software executive Kim Vorrath to a new team. Her attitude of getting things done on time and in a proper manner apparently made her a suitable candidate to spearhead the team that’s presumably working on the AR glasses project.

There’s also a Bloomberg report that claims Apple is developing a custom iOS-based operating system called “rOS” for the AR headset.

For more on this “non-public” iOS 13 internal build, read the full MacRumors report.

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