Optic ID: Apple explains Iris Vision Pro's authentication system

Posted by Joe Rossignol

Following the launch of Vision Pro, Apple shared more information about the headset's Optic ID aperture authentication option.

Optic ID can recognize the uniqueness of your iris, the colored part of your eyes, allowing you to quickly unlock Vision Pro, authorize Apple Pay purchases, sign into many third-party apps, access sensitive personal data and more other. Apps that support Face ID and Touch ID on iPhone and iPad automatically support Optic ID. Once Optic ID is set up, it also becomes required to use your Persona.

“Just as Touch ID revolutionized fingerprint authentication and Face ID revolutionized facial recognition authentication, Optic ID revolutionizes authentication using iris recognition,” says Apple. “Optic ID provides intuitive and secure authentication that leverages the uniqueness of your iris, made possible by Apple's high-performance Vision Pro eye tracking system with LEDs and infrared cameras.”

Optic ID scans both eyes. default. Given that the size of the iris and pupils changes depending on lighting conditions, Apple says Optic ID adapts by updating the registered pattern after each successful authentication. Apple ensures that all biometric data is encrypted and is never stored in iCloud or anywhere else.

There is an accessibility option for using Optic ID with only one eye, which can be turned on in the Settings app under ” Availability” → Ocular input. Optic ID can also be disabled completely, in which case you only authenticate using a password.

For users who require vision correction, Optic ID works with ZEISS Vision Pro optical inserts and software for recipes. contact lenses.

Apple says Optic ID uses “advanced hardware and software” for iris recognition.

“When you set up Optic ID, spatiotemporally modulated eye-safe near-infrared light illuminates the eye so the Apple Vision Pro eye cameras can capture images of your iris,” Apple says. “This iris image data is sent and processed to the Secure Enclave and the neural engine portion of the Apple M2 chip secure inside the Secure Enclave, where it is converted into a mathematical representation for registration. When you authenticate with Optic ID, the authentication attempt uses the same process to compare your iris to your enrolled biometrics to determine if there is a match.

Optic ID meets international security standards and is “not will cause harm to eyes or skin.” due to the low power of the emitters,” Apple says.

Apple says there is less than one in a million chance that a random person will be able to unlock your Vision Pro using Optic ID, similar to Face ID. . The company explains that Optic ID matches “detailed near-infrared iris structure” that “reveals unique patterns independent of iris pigmentation.”

Optic ID allows a maximum of five failed matching attempts before it is required password. As an added layer of protection, you can set Vision Pro to delete all information, media, and personal settings after 10 consecutive failed password attempts.

You will also be required to enter your password when:

  • The device was just turned on or restarted.
  • The device has not been unlocked in more than 48 hours.
  • A password has not been used to unlock the device in the last six and a half days, and Optic ID has not unlocked the device in the last 4 hours.

You will still be able to use Optic ID in these cases if your iPhone is nearby, as Apple explains in its support document about setting up and using Optic ID.

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