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Apple’s VR Headset Will Reportedly Feature Iris Scanning for Login Access

IRis scanning could replace Touch ID and Face ID on augmented reality headsets.

Philip Aladino

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Apple Virtual Reality headgear | photo by Philip Dino (Smarttechvillas)

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  • Rumors say that iris scanning could take the place of Face ID and Touch ID on Apple Glass and other augmented reality headsets.
  • If iris scanning becomes routine user verification, Apple Pay will likely spread.
  • The design will feature aluminium, glass, and mesh.
  • It’s lighter than Meta’s Quest Pro. These sources say that like the iPhone and Apple Watch’s always-on screens, the headset screen will work at low refresh rates.

According to a recent rumour, iris scanning could replace Face ID and Touch ID on Apple Glass and other augmented reality headsets from the company.

According to a report published by The Information on Friday morning, iris scanning would be used to identify a user when they put on Apple’s upcoming augmented reality devices.

Just as iPhones permit consumers to confirm payments using scans of their fingerprints or faces,” the publication asserts, “the functionality will make it easier for several people to use the same device and allow them to make payments rapidly within the headset.”

Few surprises were found in Friday’s story, which appears to have relied more on speculation than on interviews with Apple insiders. For instance, if iris scanning becomes a standard method of user verification, it will almost certainly pave the way for the widespread adoption of Apple Pay.

Similarly, iris scanning technology has been included, though its eventual use remains unknown. Apple acquired SensoMotoric Instruments in 2017 for its eye-tracking software. Also in 2021, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo talked about how this purchase (HMD) would help head-mounted display technology get better.

The hardware specifications of the HMD’s eye-tracking technology imply that iris recognition is possible, he said; but, the team is still unsure if the Apple HMD can handle iris recognition.

Some of the sources cited by The Information are said to have participated in Apple’s initiative. Aluminum, glass, and mesh materials will reportedly play prominent roles in the design. It is said to be more portable and less bulky than Meta’s latest Quest Pro.

Meta Quest Pro headgear
Meta Quest Pro headgear | Photo illustration by Philip Dino (Smarttechvillas)

At least some of The Information’s purported sources actually worked on Apple’s project. They claim it will be thinner and lighter than Meta’s new Quest Pro and incorporate mesh textiles, alumnium, and glass in its design.

According to these same sources, the headset screen will be able to function at low refresh rates, just like the always-on screens on the iPhone and Apple Watch. In the instance of the headset, this would be done for the express purpose of extending its battery life.

In a separate development, it was recently rumoured that Apple is developing not one, but three augmented reality headsets.

One of them is rumoured to be far along in its production stages, with a release date set for 2023. It could cost up to $3,000 and have two 4K OLED screens and 15 camera modules arranged around the outside of the device.

Dino is a Tech Consultant. Entrepreneur, Website/Blog Developer, Graphic Designer, Blogger and Digital Marketer, he has long been freelancing for more than 6 years before starting up Smartcoretech, during this time was writing for websites like Opera News Hub, Paulworkspace, thescoove.africa etc. He is currently reporting on tech related contents on company's such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Xiaomi, Facebook, Twitter etc. He also writes on Phone Reviews and Movies. When he is not writing he is working as an IT Manager for a company in his Local. Feel free to contact him via any of the available channels present