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A new report claims that Apple Glass, or other Apple AR headsets, could use iris detection instead of Face ID or Touch ID.
The report, released Friday morning by Information claims that two unspecified sources tell them that Apple’s upcoming AR devices will use iris scanning to identify a user when they put on the headset.
“The capability will make it easier for multiple people to use the same device and allow them to quickly make payments inside the headset,” the post claims, “much like iPhones allow people to confirm payments inside the headset.” using scans of their fingerprints or their face, people said.”
Most of the details in Friday’s report have already been rumored, and some appear to be an extrapolation rather than coming from sources inside Apple. For example, if iris scanning is used as a new biometric tool for user authentication, it is likely to also enable the use of Apple Pay.
Similarly, the inclusion of iris scanning technology – whatever its ultimate use – has been reported before. In 2017, Apple bought SensoMotoric Instruments for its eye-tracking technology.
Also in 2021, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported on the technology this acquisition brought to Apple’s head-mounted display (HMD).
“We still don’t know if Apple’s HMD can support iris recognition,” he wrote, “but hardware specs suggest that the HMD’s eye tracking system can support this. function”.
The sources cited by Information include at least some who would have worked on Apple’s project. They say the design will heavily feature mesh fabrics, aluminum and glass. It is also said to be thinner and lighter than Meta’s new Quest Pro.
The sources cited by Information include at least some who would have worked on Apple’s project. They say the design will feature heavy mesh fabrics, aluminum and glass, and be thinner and lighter than Meta’s new Quest Pro.
These sources also indicate that the headset display will be able to run at low refresh rates, similar to how the iPhone and Apple Watch have always-on displays. In the case of headphones, this would be precisely to save battery power.
One of these, reportedly in late-stage development, is expected to launch in 2023. It may come with a pair of 4K OLED displays, plus 15 camera modules on the side, and cost up to $3 $000.