Apple has remained very cautious about its next AR/VR headset, but the leaks continue to appear on the internet, including one new one about the device that uses iris scanning to verify users'' identity.
This is achieved by The Information (opens in a new tab), which states that by having their eyes scanned, users will be able to verify payments and sign into various digital accounts (much like you might use Face ID or Touch ID on an iPhone).
It''s very simple to type out a password in a virtual reality helmet, so it makes sense that technology like this would be used. It''s also possible for different users to operate the same headset.
Tracking and materials
This is not the first time that this particular rumor has surfaced, by the way, and it''s worth bearing in mind that Apple acquired a company that was all-around in eye tracking technology in 2017.
Other tidbits from the article: the headset will include full body tracking by pointing some of its cameras at your legs, and it will be lighter than the recently unveiled Meta Quest Pro, which measures the scales at 722 grams.
For an exceptional experience, the device is thought to be made up of fabric, aluminium, and glass. Most people are concerned about a release date for whatever it is that Apple is planning.
Analysis: what we know so far
Nothing is officially yet as you would expect from Apple, but it appears quite likely that Apple is developing a headset that integrates virtual reality and augmented reality into one device ("mixed reality" is a term used by some individuals in this case).
It''s believed that this device is distinct from the most compact Apple Glasses, which are supposedly focused on virtual reality. At this stage, it looks as though this product is even further out than 2023, although it''s difficult to understand for sure.
We believe the unit will be powered by an Apple-made processor, possibly the M2, and it will have two 8K displays inside. At least a dozen cameras are said to be fitted to the headset to track where you are in a situation.
All of this is expected to cost $3,000 / 2,685 / AU$ 4,835, and as we mentioned, it will be expected to launch in 2023. In the usual promotional materials that Apple has assembled, you can expect the desired amount of hype.