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As handheld controllers of virtual reality headsets don’t provide a smooth enough experience, it is suggested that a new technology will provide a more intuitive user experience, letting the wearer interact seamlessly with their environment.  

Mixed reality (MR) offers the advantages of both virtual and augmented reality. A mixed reality headset being developed by Apple will feature eye-tracking technology.

The details were included in a note to investors, sent by Ming-Chi Kuo, a prominent and often accurate analyst, according to “Apple’s eye tracking system includes a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitting end provides one or several different wavelengths of invisible light, and the receiving end detects the change of the invisible light reflected by the eyeball, and judges the eyeball movement based on the change.”

The analyst also suggests that, based on hardware specifications, the headset could feature iris recognition, which could act as a form of biometric security and bring Apple Pay to the headset.

The device is expected to arrive at some point in 2022, and be followed by a pair of augmented reality smart glasses in 2025.