As expected, Apple released yesterday, a few hours after the end of the keynote, the versions Golden Master both of Xcode 11 iOS 13, as well as other betas. More than a GM, however, Apple’s software code for creating apps has put even more gas in the rumors about an Apple AR / VR device.
Understand that Xcode 11 code is about a headset AR / VR does not require an expert, but professionals in the field are required to find these codes. In this case, the Brazilian developer Guilherme Rambo and the app builder Steve Troughton-Smith rediscovered that the latest version of the company’s software has a framework called ARDisplayDevice with reference to possible prototypes of the headset Apple, some of which we have already mentioned: Franc, Luck and Garta (belonging to HoloKit, a framework mixed reality).
References to these names had already been «dug up» in the iOS 13 code, linked to a «STARTester» app that would be able to enter virtual reality mode, replicating the functionality of a headset on an iPhone for testing purposes.
There is also a reference to a “StarBoard” system for AR-enabled applications, which was also found in the codes of the third beta of iOS 13.1 and in the GM of iOS 13, which accompanies a “Readme” file that references specific to an Apple “HME” device.
StarBoard seems to operate in a similar way to CarPlay, since the codes found indicate that all content must be transferred to an external display. Although the details of the novelty are still unknown, Troughton-Smith believes that an interface for AR apps will be displayed when the presumed headset from Apple is connected to an iPhone.
Because they are in codes for GM versions of Xcode 11 and iOS 13, it is likely that Apple was prepared to announce the new technology during yesterday’s keynote, but decided to abort the last minute mission, as highlighted by Rambo:
The rumors surrounding an Apple AR / VR device are not exactly recent, but this year they ranged from suspending the infamous “Apple Glass” development program to the most recent indications that the technology was practically ready. It’s that story: let’s see it to believe it.
iPhone 11 Pro on AR
Lending the feature to promote the Mac Pro, Apple released a new option to “see” the iPhone 11 Pro in AR, as if it were on your desk. To do this, simply access this link from an iOS device and a Safari page will display a preview of the new device.
Then, tap the “Object” button and view the iPhone 11 Pro on a white background, or “RA” to see it in the environment where you are. It is possible to zoom and move the smartphone to check all its details, in addition to the option to save the view in your images.
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