2017 Apple iPhone to be equipped with an iris scanner?

2017 Apple iPhone to be equipped with an iris scanner?
No sooner have we finally wrapped our heads around the new features coming on the 2016 Apple iPhone models, than a new report suggests that an iris scanner will be offered on next year's iPhone handsets. 2017 will be the tenth anniversary of Apple's iconic smartphone, and as a result it is believed that Apple held off making wholesale changes to this year's iPhone models, saving some major new features for next year's devices.

A company called Xintec will be mass producing its iris scanner chips next year, and those are the ones that are expected to be found inside the 2017 iPhone handsets. Samsung recently launched the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, and the high-end phablet includes an iris scanner that quickly unlocks the device.

Besides the iris scanner, the 2017 iPhones could feature an edge-to-edge AMOLED screen with an all-glass casing. With the removal of the home button, Touch ID will be embedded inside the display.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, keep in mind that we expect the 2016 iPhone models to be unveiled on September 7th during Apple's next event in San Francisco. Two days later, pre-orders for the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus will begin with the launch of the phones taking place on September 16th.

source: Digitimes

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29 Comments

1. manojmcn

Posts: 634; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Hahaha. Haaaahaaa hahaaaa haaa

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7519; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why are all the tech sites talking about this is coming and that is coming to next year's iPhone or 2018 iPhone. Is the iPhone 2016 that crappy. Even though it hasn't been released. Look no other OEMs talks about their devices next year or the year after that. This is just dumb.

12. cherry.dev

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

are you serious? leaks about iPhone 7(2016) is daily, do you really want more? we already know exactly how it would be, inside-out. and neither do Apple, because it's so popular media are crazy for it's information. Apple never talk about it even once.

16. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2476; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

There's always news about other manufacturers rumored to offer something in the following years, but the majority of articles relate to Samsung or Apple because they offer the most influence as to what will be offered next in the mobile space. Apple follows Samsung and Samsung follows Apple, while the rest of the industry tends to follow their lead (at least for right now, unless something starts to change or shift). There have already been articles related to the Note 8 and the Galaxy S8 before the Note 7 and S7 were even released. Patents can help tip people off. Also, industry insiders look towards manufacturing processes to figure out what is next. Since both Samsung and Apple produce the largest amount of smartphones, they have to ramp up production in advance and therefore these factories find out information and tip insiders. Smaller corporations don't have that same problem as they don't have to ramp up in advance and can keep things under wraps very easily.

22. techlover2017

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 22, 2016

Another Apple innovation.

2. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

I have five 10 fingers that can unlock my iPhone (and rather quickly). However, none of them can replace a dead battery with a fully charged one (on my iPhone). Yes, know I have a better chance of winning Powerball, but still nothing wrong with dreaming as long as it doesn't bother others (the removable battery haters aside).

15. Subie

Posts: 2415; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

17. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Yeah but you're being silly now, there's no way Jony Ive isn't creaming his pants at the thought of a battery half the size, a phone 3mm thick and with a camera that sticks out 5mm. That will come before any improvement in battery life by actually keeping it the same size and getting the benefits...

24. tedkord

Posts: 17453; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Exactly my thought. Jony Ive won't be happy until users are cutting their fingers off on the edges of iPhones. He's obsessed with thinner. He's not the only one, of course. Plenty of phone companies are sacrificing battery life for thinness.

4. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

IT'S A YEAR AWAY do we really need rumors all ready.

28. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

The insiders don't need your approval to churn out rumors.......they do it everytime they find something interesting. It helps to make themselves popular.

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

××××grabs popcorn and beer***** Hypocrisy and 360 turn sound in 3,,,,2,,,,1,,,,

6. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Ugh please just go away, you amuse nobody but yourself.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Even Forbes thinks the next iPhone is gonna look like an s6 edge. Then everyone will love them. And then they will have wireless charging that will take as long as it does now. The ones the MacPad. In Intel M4 cote CPU an running MacPad OSX. Then all will say it better than the Surface that did it 3 years prior. Then they are going to make a round Apple Watch with Circle OS. Which is actually the same code that ran the iPhone in 2007. Lol. Come on Apple, show us what we thought we never needed.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

It'll be just as useless -_-.........

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yep. But many will use it. I played with it a few days. It's cool. But I had better reasons why I bought my Note 7

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The next iPhone is just going to be a Galaxy S6. I can't wait to see what Apple will do with the curve. After a while every OEM will .and curved screen phones. This is explaining that all new demand cor Iris Scammers. Apple may have been planning, but maybe someone at Apple gave Samsung a heads-up. You never know. But the Galaxy S8 needs to hit homers in every. I want to see the 12MP shooter, and put the S6's 16MP camera as the 2nd. Combine the shot so it's as sharp as taken 16MP, but brighter. Apple is going to need this to get the people who left to come back and get those they got to stay. Next year is gonna be a nail-biter!!!!!

11. Unordinary unregistered

Lame.

13. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Tomorrow's news on PA, 2018 iPhone might be invisible.......it wil be awesome!

18. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

2019: imagine your phone at your brain.

29. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Yeah so that the brain also a touch disease, while lagging and crashing at ceratain points.....right?

14. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Everyone getting Windows Hello and the fruit couldn't dare to be left out...good, so long as no lawsuits come up.

19. nodes

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

i don't like this trend, Iris Scanner is useless, FP scanner is enough. it's just a waste of power.

20. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

So Apple gonna make a note 7??

21. AlikMalix unregistered

Actually I forgot which android fan I talked to about this before, and we both agree FP sensor is better for waking up the phone, BUT iris scanner would be more convenient once you're inside the apps like signing into your banking app just by opening it with iris scanner ready upon app launch to sign you in instead of authorizing it with a FP sensor like I do now. Same with other things like buying apps in the AppStore/ google play: tap [buy] and iris scanner authorizes the purchase instead of FP scan like we do now. It's not much faster but it will feel much seamless than the need to scan your FP for authorizations. I give praise to Samsung for such a fast iris scanner, but current implementation of waking your phone and using iris scanner to sign in is unintuitive - i would prefer to use the FP sensor when picking up the phone as it unlocks it before my eyes even meet the screen.

25. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I described that to you, Iris Scanner would be for those situations you mentioned, where you're already holding the device. Instead of readjusting your hand to use fingerprint, just keep looking at the phone for those situations. Also, a fingerprint scanner would be all around useless during the winter. That's where an Iris Scanner, in conjunction with highly sensitive touchscreen as Samsung has been offering since the S4, will be faster for every situation as there's no need to remove gloves.

32. AlikMalix unregistered

Exactly. And the point about gloves - is undeniable. +1

27. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1841; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

How about the whole phone be a scanner and it recognizes your hand while your picking it up?

30. Fabio81

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

IF CAME NEXT YEAR THAT'S A EVOLUTION FOR APPLE BECAUSE USUALLY TAKES 2 TO 3 YEARS UNTIL THE IPHONE GUYS HAVE WHAT GALAXY GUYS HAVE , GOOD JOB APPLE KEEP LIKE THAT YOU WILLGET THERE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS ;)

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