Vision Pro’s Optic ID authentication works in any light, even with contacts

The Apple Vision Pro features a groundbreaking Optic ID authentication system. This cutting-edge technology combines state-of-the-art hardware and software to redefine biometric authentication for wearable devices.

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Iris recognition with Optic ID offers privacy, speed, and accessibility to Vision Pro users

The Optic ID authentication system utilizes spatiotemporally modulated eye-safe near-infrared light to capture detailed images of the user’s iris during the setup process. This data is then processed on the Secure Enclave and a dedicated portion of the Apple M2 chip’s neural engine, creating a secure and unique mathematical representation for enrollment and authentication. Notably, Optic ID adapts to changes in lighting conditions and accommodates users with vision correction needs, including those using prescription soft contact lenses and ZEISS Optical Inserts.

The user interface of the Apple Vision Pro seamlessly integrates Optic ID, offering a visually prominent icon upon unlocking. The continual tracking of the user’s eye area facilitates swift re-authentication, and for added security during Apple Pay transactions, authorization is granted only when the user is looking directly at the app.

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Apple prioritizes user privacy and security, ensuring that all biometric data is encrypted and never backed up to external servers. Apple’s system boasts a probability of unauthorized access of less than one in a million, comparable to Face ID. In addition to this, Optic ID allows for up to five unsuccessful match attempts before requiring a password, and users can configure the Vision Pro to erase information after ten consecutive failed password attempts. From Apple’s support document:

The statistical probability that a random person could unlock your Apple Vision Pro using Optic ID is higher if only a single eye is enrolled in Optic ID, which is an accessibility option.

Users retain control over their authentication preferences, with the ability to switch between biometric authentication and traditional password-based methods in specific situations. This flexibility ensures a personalized and user-friendly experience.

The tech giant emphasizes that Optic ID complies with international safety standards, assuring users that the technology is harmless to the eyes and skin. The system’s detailed iris structure analysis in the near-infrared domain reinforces its accuracy and security.

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