The patent filed further states that, “The system includes an authenticated device that is worn by a user as a head-mounted device, wherein the user is currently authenticated to access a restricted-access function of the authenticated device. The system also includes a proximate device that has a locked state and an unlocked state, wherein a restricted-access function of the proximate device is inaccessible by the user in the locked state, and the restricted-access function of the proximate device is accessible by the user in the unlocked state.” This suggests that the device will have the ability to unlock other devices, which in this case could be the iPhone or MacBook or even the iPad.
Apple had filed for the patent in 2019 but it was granted today by the USPTO.
Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also revealed that an Apple AR device will be launched in 2021. The analyst had previously suggested that the AR glasses will act as “a display only with the actual computing, rendering, internet connectivity and location services coming from the iPhone”. Apple has not commented on whether it is making any glasses or not but has been betting big on AR-related tech.