Apple Moves Top Software Exec To AR Glasses Team

Final week, MacRumors reportedly discovered references to iPhone-connected AR glasses and a spatial launcher interface for them. This week the ultimate iOS 13 construct was launched to builders which confirms the report.

The affirmation was made by developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who discovered a ReadMe file explaining check AR apps on iOS.

The iOS 13 GM additionally comes with a readme file (!) for the way workers can run Stereo AR apps on an iPhone when you do not have entry to Apple’s headset 😳

— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) September 10, 2019

Stories that Apple is engaged on AR glasses first emerged in late 2017. In 2018, Apple acquired Akonia Holographics, a startup engaged on novel optics for AR primarily based on holography.


iOS is the working system of iPhones, iPads, and iPod Contact. The software program which handles its acquainted dwelling display screen interface is named SpringBoard. Springboard permits the person to place, categorize, uninstall, and launch iOS apps.

The MacRumours report claimed that iOS contained a “StarBoard” for launching AR apps. The ReadMe file discovered by Troughton-Smith confirms this, with StarBoard explicitly described as a “System [shell] for Stereo AR enabled apps”. This implies StarBoard could possibly be the spatial interface which permits customers to browse and launch AR experiences.

These findings again up the patents suggesting that Apple’s AR glasses will probably be powered and managed by the person’s iPhone, somewhat than a standalone gadget.

Garta ‘HME’

The MacRumors report famous that iOS13 contained references to an AR “gadget” named ‘Garta’, however no additional particulars got.

The ReadMe file lists Garta as a ‘HME’. Whereas it’s not clear what the E stands for, HM doubtless refers to ‘head mounted’, as is utilized in ‘head mounted show’, a time period used for all VR and AR headsets. That is additional backed up by the truth that a acknowledged goal HME config is “in order that Stereo AR is aware of what sort of distortions to use“.

The seller ID for Garta is ‘inner’, suggesting that that is an Apple gadget.

Two potential “states” for the Garta HME are listed, “worn” and “held”. This may occasionally counsel that Garta is a testing gadget which the iPhone slots in to, just like Google Cardboard for VR.