Take a step into the future with Apple's Vision Pro headset, which will provide an innovative new approach to device security – your eyes. By implementing the rumored Optic ID system, the mixed reality device uses invisible LED light exposures to examine your irises, compares it with your registered eye data, and voila, you're logged in! Imagine using your eyes as your password and even making App Store or Apple Pay purchases.
Rest assured, your biometric data is safe and secure. Your eye data is encrypted, stored within the headset's Secure Enclave, and it never leaves the device. Plus, apps won't be able to access this data. Mimicking the stringent security of Face ID and Touch ID, the system is designed to prevent misuse of the raw data.
The Vision Pro headset also incorporates other privacy measures. Your eye-tracking data remains strictly confidential and camera sensor data is system-level processed, preventing apps from intruding into your personal space. Also, be ready for a visual alert when capturing photos and videos, minimizing the chance of any Google Glass-like public outrage.
Though iris scanning for security isn't a new concept – Samsung debuted it with the Galaxy Note 7 – its implementation in a headset is a relatively new concept. This feature could be a game-changer, especially if you find reaching for a keyboard (physical or virtual) a hassle. With Vision Pro, Apple is launching its "spatial computing" platform, and the Optic ID is an attractive feature that may make this platform more enticing, as it could potentially make you spend hours in a mixed reality environment.