“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.]