So far, Apple has remained tight-lipped about its upcoming AR/VR headset, but leaks continue to surface online — including a new one about the device using iris scanning to authenticate users’ identities.
It comes through the information (opens in new tab)which says that with scanned eyes, users will be able to verify payments and log into multiple digital accounts (like you can use Face ID or Touch ID on an iPhone).
Of course, typing a password into a VR helmet isn’t particularly easy, so it makes sense that a technology like this would be deployed. It also means that it will be easy for different people to use the same headset.
tracking and materials
By the way, this isn’t the first time this particular rumor has surfaced – and it’s worth remembering that Apple acquired a company that specializes in eye-tracking technology in 2017.
Other article details: The headset will offer full-body tracking by pointing some of its cameras at your legs, and will be lighter than the just-released Meta Quest Pro, which weighs in at 722 grams.
Finally, the device is said to be made up of a combination of fabric, aluminum and glass, for a premium feel – just what you’d expect from Apple. Most rumors point to a 2023 release for whatever Apple is building.
Analysis: what we know so far
Nothing is official yet – as you would expect from Apple – but now it seems very likely that Apple is working on a headset that combines virtual reality and augmented reality in a single device (“mixed reality” is a term some people use. in this case ).
This device is thought to be separate from the lighter Apple Glasses, which are said to be focused on augmented reality. At this stage, it looks like this product is even further away than 2023, although it’s hard to know for sure.
We think the unit will be powered by an Apple-made chipset – possibly the M2 – and it’s said to contain two 8K displays inside. At least a dozen cameras are said to be installed in the headset to track the whereabouts of a room.
The predicted cost of all of this is expected to be $3,000 / £2,685 / AU$4,835 and, as we mentioned, it’s due for release in 2023. You can expect the usual abundance of hype in the promotional materials Apple assembles for the Earphone .