Apple reportedly is developing an Augmented Reality headset, according to documentation seen by Apple-related news site MacRumors.

The report comes just days ahead of Apple’s next media event set for Oct. 10 at which new iPhones and other hardware as well as software might be announced.

“[A]n internal build of iOS 13 suggests development of a head-mounted augmented reality display has continued,” says writer Joe Rossignol.

The project also has a nickname: “Garta.”

“Namely, internal builds of iOS 13 include a “STARTester” app that can switch in and out of a head-mounted mode, presumably to replicate the functionality of an augmented reality headset on an iPhone for testing purposes. There are two head-mounted states for testing, including ‘worn’ and ‘held,’ Rossignol reports.

“There is also an internal README file in iOS 13 that describes a ‘StarBoard’ system shell for stereo AR-enabled apps, which implies a headset of some kind. The file also suggests Apple is developing an augmented reality device codenamed ‘Garta,’ possibly as one of several prototypes under the ‘T288’ umbrella.”

MacRumors notes that previous reports have indicated a possible Ammple AR launch in 2020 and also that Apple CEO Tim Cook has talked up AR technology as “profound” because the technology “amplifies human performance instead of isolating humans.”

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