Apple has introduced Optic ID iris biometric technology to its newly launched Vision Pro headset after fingerprint recognition Touch ID and face recognition Face ID.
Just as iPhone users use Face ID to authenticate their owners, how do you authenticate Vision Pro wearers? Apple’s answer is Optic ID, the Vision Pro headset’s built-in iris sensor that scans the wearer’s eye data and matches previously pre-defined owner information.
[Apple Enters Iris Optic ID Security Era: “Protecting” the Vision Pro headset] [Apple Enters Iris Optic ID Security Era: “Protecting” the Vision Pro headset]
Apple says Optic ID can be used in place of a password to automatically unlock a device, make purchases on the App Store, or use Apple Pay to pay for purchases.
Apple emphasized that the iris data created by Optic ID is stored in the headset’s Secure Enclave, which is kept offline and is not accessible to applications.
Iris scanning is not a new security concept. Samsung introduced the iris login solution on its Galaxy Note 7 phone. But it’s a relatively new solution for a headset.