Apple is preparing for its scheduled September 7th media event, where the iPhone 7 due to make its debut. New reports suggests the iris scanning capabilities are in offer for an iPhone model in 2017. As it is claimed that iris scanning will be part of the future edition set of a smartphone that is still over 12 months away from official release.
The latest claims, coming out of Chinese site MoneyDJ and shared via DigiTimes, have Apple working on a technology that would allow 2017 iPhone to scan a user’s eye in order to perform security validation in a similar way how it’s currently offered by Touch ID. It seems iris scanner heading to iPhone in 2017.
Similar to what a user’s fingerprint, eye scans or irises are unique in that they feature complex pattern that are not the same from one person to another. Next, this method of authentication a user is already used in high-end security systems, and Apple want that to bring it to the iPhone.
It was already suggested the same feature in previous rumors would be coming to the iPhone 7, although 2018 was the timescale given for that technology integration. This new claim of a release in 2017 shouldn’t be any surprise, but, especially considering the recently released Samsung Galaxy Note 7 already featuring its own iris scanner.
Taiwanese parts maker Xintec will be most probably manufacturing iris scanner next year, and with the company already being Apple supplier, it stands to reason that the partnership would bear fruit here.
Xintec is expected to enter mass production for iris-recognition chips in 2017, which will boost the backend house’s revenues for the year, the report cited market watchers as saying. New orders for iris-recognition sensors include those for the chips that will be embedded in the 2017 series of iPhone, the watchers were also quoted in the report.
Due for release in 2017, will be the tenth anniversary iPhone – as it is expected to be the one that will feature more significant improvements over the iPhone 7 than that latter. Apple wants to push the heat out for the iPhone’s anniversary, which apparently means why the 2016 iPhone 7 is set to be a minor revision rather than the drastic redesign.
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