We had reported earlier that Apple is working on AR Headsets. The code found on the golden master version of Xcode 11 has confirmed the same. The code reveals that Apple is working on an augmented reality headset and is likely to release the same in near future.
Xcode 11 offers an ARDisplayDevice framework and contains references to Apple Headsets codenames like Franc, Luck, and Garta. We have already come across references to the same codenames previously on iOS 13. Furthermore, earlier code also revealed that a STARTester app will allow users to switch in and out of head-mounted mode. The reference to codenames and the STARTester app is an indicator that Apple is working on an augmented reality headset.
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
Despite the references, it is not clear on how exactly the device would function. Previously, stereo augmented reality data was found on the iOS 13 and Xcode 11 GM code. This leads us to believe that Apple is working on a face-mounted AR headset that will function similarly to Google Daydream. On the other hand, it is less likely that Apple is working on smart glasses.
On a related note, Apple has filed a patent application for AR Headset that works with the iPhone. Perhaps this is the very headset that Xcode is referring to. The patent envisions several scenarios including one where the user is wearing the headset and immersed in an augmented reality environment and using the iPhone as a touch-sensitive surface to interact with the AR environment. The patent application envisions Apple users using the AR headset for image editing, email, video calls, and other such purposes.