iPhone 8 Specs & Rumors: Iris Scanner, Face Recognition Replacing Touch ID Technology?

iPhone 8 Specs & Rumors: Iris Scanner, Face Recognition Replacing Touch ID Technology?
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Apple has yet to unveil the iPhone 7 but there are already rumors about possible iPhone 8 specs and features. Here are the latest iPhone 8 rumors that have been making noise online.


Previous iPhones attracted customers with its security features like the Touch ID. If recent rumors are to be believed, fans will bid goodbye to fingerprint scanner but will say hello to a more unique security feature.

According to DigiTimes, leading smartphone makers Samsung and Apple will be integrating Iris scanning technology to their future devices. Samsung could use the technology as early as this year, while Apple is reportedly planning to take advantage of it for their 2018 iPhones.

“Samsung is expected to lead all vendors by releasing its new flagship smartphone supporting iris recognition technology in the second half of 2016, while Apple is likely to roll out new iPhone devices with iris sensors in 2018,” DigiTimes reported, quoting an unnamed source.

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From the looks of it, Apple is planning to use the Iris recognition feature for their iPhone 8 in 2018. They are expected to release the iPhone 7 this year, and the iPhone 7s variants next year.

Like a fingerprint, a person’s Iris pattern is unique to each individual. If Apple eventually decides to use the new security feature, it will still likely be for making payments using the device or as a way to unlock the smartphone.

MacRumors indicated, though, that the news should be taken with a grain of salt, as it came from an unnamed source. However, it is also worth noting that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said earlier this year that the future iPhones will feature new biometric features.

Kuo, who previously leaked accurate information about several devices, said that Apple is considering iris or facial scanning technology for iPhones in 2017. There’s a chance DigiTimes was also referring to the same plan but it was pushed back to 2018 to make the company readier to launch the new technology.

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