Hints from the iOS 13 code have already pointed to the alleged AR headset from Apple, but now there is clearer evidence than ever before. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith explains to employees in a Readme file how to run the augmented reality apps on an iPhone without using the actual headset.
9to5Macs Guilherme Rambo showed how the beta versions of iOS 13.0 include Gold Master and iOS 13.1 Apple's "StarBoard" system shell, which also runs AR apps. According to Smith, the code indicates that rendering on the iPhone itself and the use of an additional gamepad / motion control device is possible.
Apple's plans for an extended or virtual reality were not mentioned during today's iPhone event alongside other rumors announcements like a new Apple TV or ultra-broadband location tags. Nevertheless, the remaining notes suggest that it could be a late scratch or that, as rumored, something new is going to hit the corner for next year.