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What you need to know

  • Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple's VR headset may feature eye-tracking.
  • The report echoes previous murmurs the technology might feature.
  • Kuo also hinted at the possibility of Iris recognition.

A new report from Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple's VR headset may feature eye-tracking technology to challenge the best VR headsets around, echoing previous reports.

In a note seen by iMore, Kuo states that eye-tracking is "the most important new human-machine interface technology for headsets", providing a smooth experience whilst detecting eye movements and providing feedback. Kuo says that the Apple VR headset is set to benefit from this technology, as we've previously heard:

We predict that Apple headsets will be equipped with an eye-tracking system, which includes a transmitter and a receiver, which can detect and obtain eye movement information, and then provide users with images/images/information based on algorithms. Zhishen, the exclusive supplier of transmitter modules, is the main beneficiary of this trend.

Kuo says Apple's technology includes a transmitter and receiver, detecting changes in light reflected by the eyeball and judging the movement accordingly. The aforementioned Zhishen is predicted to be the exclusive supplier of this tech.

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Kuo also hints that the Apple VR headset may include iris recognition technology, to be used as a means for biometric security. Kuo states "we are still not sure whether the Apple headset can support iris recognition", but that given the hardware specs of the eye-tracking software, the headset could support it.

This, interestingly enough, could provide users "a more intuitive Apple Pay method when using headsets", suggesting users might be able to use a headset to pay for goods and services whilst browsing the web, or perhaps to make purchases of games or in-game items.

Apple's VR headset release date is tipped to be 2022, with reports on cost ranging from $1,000 to $3,000.