Gadgetren – Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2023 held yesterday by Apple announced a number of new technologies and products, including the Apple Vision Pro, one of them.
For those of you who don’t know, Vision Pro itself is a spatial computer in the form of an augmented reality (AR) headset that allows us to seamlessly blend digital content with real-world reality.
Apple’s new product is very interesting because it also introduces a number of new technologies. In addition to visionOS that offers ease of operation, Vision Pro also brings a new security system called Apple Optic ID.
What is Apple Optic ID?
Optic ID is a biometric security authentication system that will use the user’s iris as an identifier. Although it has a different mechanism, this technology exists as a replacement for Touch ID and Face ID that are absent from the Vision Pro.
As with general biometric security authentication systems, Optic ID will allow us to unlock Vision Pro devices more conveniently. We can also use it to authorize digital payment transactions.
Instead of having to enter a password manually, the biometric security system will later try to identify the user by scanning the iris under exposure to various invisible LED lights.
The data obtained from the scan will then be matched with the registered iris information Safe Pocket device. If it matches, the login process or digital payments will continue as usual.
Also, we don’t have to worry because Apple guarantees security on the brand new system. The user’s Optic ID data will later be fully encrypted and protected so that it cannot be easily accessed by installed applications.
Additionally, Optic ID data will only be stored locally on the device, right in the Secure Enclave subsystem, just like Touch ID and Face ID. Apple won’t even upload it to the company’s servers to ensure its security.
Apple, meanwhile, will integrate the biometric security system based on iris recognition into the Vision Pro, which is scheduled for release in 2024. However, it does not rule out the possibility of visiting other devices such as Touch ID on Macs or Face ID on iPad.