The new frontier of mobile technology has arrived. Virtual / augmented reality (aka AR and VR) is no longer confined to the realm of science fiction, but is rather part of the long-term strategy of many American tech giants.
Last week, Meta (the company that changed its name to better reflect its true ambition to create the “Metaverse”) announced its most refined VR headset ever, the Quest Pro. Google is also reportedly working to your AR / VR headset. And who can forget Apple? Last month, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said that “you will wonder how you managed to live without augmented realitywhich implies that AR is the next big thing for Apple and technology in general.
All rumors agree that Apple is developing mixed reality and augmented reality headsets. Apple has reportedly been working on an augmented reality headset for some time, which is expected to debut next year. However, with new horizons, new obstacles naturally come and the Cupertino company is already working on innovative solutions for these. Privacy is a growing concern in the tech community. This is why many companies stress the importance of biometric authentication.
The Information recently released a report stating this Apple is developing new iris scanning technology for the mixed reality headset. This technology will simplify authentication, leading to more secure methods of identifying and paying in the future.
Currently, Apple devices support two forms of biometric authentication: Touch ID (aka fingerprint sensors) or Face ID (aka facial recognition). It goes without saying that neither is particularly suited to a VR / AR headset. Therefore, Apple would be working on its new form of biometric authentication: iris scanning. This system would essentially work like Face ID and Touch ID before. Users will be able to authenticate, access their personal accounts and initiate payments simply by virtue of biometrics.
A compendium of technology
Apple’s AR headset would havea plethora of internal cameras to enable various features. According to the report, Apple will also use downward-facing cameras to capture users’ legs. All of these software features will be part of realityOS, the trademark of Apple, which is a registered trademark in several countries.
In addition, Apple should use micro-OLED screens for its helmets. As a reminder, the micro-OLED is essentially an OLED that will be mounted on a silicon substrate, unlike conventional panels that would be built into the glasses. Sony and LG are expected to be Apple’s main headphone display suppliers.
These technology implementations look very interesting and would give a significant advantage over competitors such as Meta. Apple’s AR headset is expected to cost around $ 3,000, making it a niche product in the Apple ecosystem. Its release is scheduled for 2023.