Apple Vision Pro headset features new ‘Optic ID’ iris scanning authentication
Similar to how an iPhone scans a users face with Face ID to verify their identity, Apple has announced that its new Apple Vision Pro headset will feature a new unique biometric authentication method called Optic ID, which will use cameras in the headset to scan the wearer’s eye to unlock the device.
Optic ID is a new authentication system that analyses a user’s iris under various invisible LED light exposures, and then compares it to the enrolled Optic ID data that is protected by the Secure Enclave to instantly unlock Apple Vision Pro. A user’s Optic ID data is fully encrypted, just like how facial data is secure with Face ID, and is not accessible to apps, and never leaves their device, meaning it is not stored on Apple servers.
Vision Pro also features EyeSight, a new innovation that allows users stay connected with those around them. When a person approaches someone wearing Vision Pro, the device goes into a transparent state — letting the user see them while also displaying the user’s eyes.
When a user is immersed in an environment or using an app, EyeSight gives visual cues to others about what the user is focused on.
Apple Vision Pro blends digital content with the physical world through a fully three-dimensional user interface controlled by a user’s eyes, hands, and voice. The new headset, priced at $3,499, will be available only in the US at launch, will be released in 2024, with Apple stating that the device will be coming to more countries and regions later next year.