Manzana is developing a new application for augmented reality mobile devices for the iOS 14 operating system. Precisely, this Tuesday a preview was leaked with the first images.

According to details provided by journalist Josh Constine, the “Gobi” application would be characterized by reading Apple’s proprietary QR codes.

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Among the filtered files is the possible logo of the app, which is in full development, sound files and a series of QR codes with various destinations. In summary, Gobi could read Apple-designed codes for its stores and partners, such as the Starbucks chain.

The QR codes that could be read by Gobi. (Photo: Josh Constine)

The QR codes that could be read by Gobi. (Photo: Josh Constine)

The leaked codes redirect to the Mac Pro and Apple Watch websites, as well as the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story iTunes page. A fourth QR code applies to get discounts at Starbucks stores.

Additionally, there is a circular variant with multiple colors and shapes that is a proprietary design of Apple’s QR code. Until now, the application of these codes is unknown, although it was previously stated that there is integration through APIs for third parties.

Gobi, Apple's augmented reality app. (Photo: Josh Constine)

Gobi, Apple’s augmented reality app. (Photo: Josh Constine)

Presumably, these codes leaked by Constine are used to create augmented reality experiences, like the 3D pagoda model that would be visualized in the future application.

Gobi is part of the effort that Apple is making to transfer this technology to its expected augmented reality glasses. According to John Prosser, one of the most relevant sources on rumors from the Manzanita company, said that the Apple Glasses will arrive between March and June 2021 and that he had even seen them before.

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This initiative is not the first for the Californian company in the world of augmented reality. For three years, ARKit has been the Apple library developed in Objective-C, integrated into iOS and iPadOS systems, and whose objective is to provide information about the reality captured by the device through the camera and its sensors.

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The latest version ARKit 3.0, available for the iOS 13 operating system, has the largest number of functionalities for developers of augmented reality applications: occlusion of people so that if there is someone in front of the camera and a virtual object behind it, it will not is drawn because logically, there is someone in front. Also motion detection in cinematic style. It is no longer just facial expression detection with more than 50 reference points, as ARKit included in its first version.

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