Apple’s biometric roadmap to feature iris scanning

“Over the course of the last several years, Apple has begun to take an intense interest in biometrics as a way to improve the security and accessibility of its devices,” Juli Clover reports for MacRumors. “Apple purchased sensor company AuthenTec in 2012 and quickly incorporated its fingerprint-sensing technology into the Touch ID fingerprint scanner that debuted in the iPhone 5s.”

“Touch ID marked Apple’s first foray into biometrics, confirming user identity via fingerprint, but the company may have much bigger plans in mind for biometric sensors in future devices,” Clover reports. “Biometrics are said to play a key role in Apple’s iWatch, and Apple may even expand beyond fingerprint technology, as the company has reportedly taken a new interest in iris scanning. ”

“While little is known about Apple’s investigation into iris scanning, it is a promising biometric technology that’s already widely used for identification and authentication purposes,” Clover reports. “Each person’s iris, or the circular colored muscle of the eye, contains a complex and random pattern that is unique to each individual. Because the differences within irises can be seen from a short distance away, iris recognition can be accomplished by using a high-resolution camera that includes near-infrared light to highlight and capture the structure of the iris.”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. I was scanning through ghost stories before Halloween and came across an interesting story written by a journalist called Brian Bethel called ‘The Black Eyed Kids’.

    In it he recounts how he was sitting in his car writing out a check for his rent beside a cinema when a couple of kids approach him. One was about 14 and the other about 12. The older of the two kids was wearing a hoodie which was pulled over his head.

    Brian saw them approach the car out of the corner of his eye and the older kid knocked on the window which was partially wound down to let air into the interior of the car. The kid said, “Can you spare us some money to watch a movie?” When he said that he was out of cash and that he didn’t have spare change, the kid changed his story and asked Brian if he could give them a lift home where their mom was waiting for them to go home for supper.

    Something about the kid’s demeanour told Brian that he was in danger – the way the kid spoke, not like a 14 year old but like an adult, not stammering and stuttering when talking to a complete stranger but confidently and in a commanding voice as if the stranger would do his bidding.

    When Brian was about to open the door to admit the kids into his car he looked closer at the kid’s eyes and realised that they had no irises – their eyes were completely black.

  2. Iris detection is dead-end for the near future since it require really, really high definition cameras to mitigate the need to position the phone as perpendicular to eyesight as possible. Besides, the software has to differentiate whether you show (warmed up) photo of someone with iris, or actual person.

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