Add an iris scanner to the iPhone 8's list of suspected features

Add an iris scanner to the iPhone 8's list of suspected features
Each year, one of the most anticipated smartphone releases is Apple's iPhone. Whatever your personal opinion on the product line may be, there's no denying that the announcement and launch of a new iPhone creates for the most buzz and talk compared to other competitors. Last year's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus still created for a great deal of hubbub, but they were definitely some of Apple's more conservative products in recent memory.

Thoughts and rumors about 2017's iPhone have been circulating pretty much every since the 7 and 7 Plus were announced, and we've heard some pretty wild claims so far. Additions such as a larger battery and improved dual-camera setup sound very par for the course, but the iPhone 8, X, or whatever the special 10th year anniversary edition ends getting named, is also expected to come equipped with things along the lines of truly wireless charging and an all-new take on 3D Touch that currently exists on the iPhone 6S and 7 series. On top of these and all other claims we've been hearing, you can add an iris scanner to the list of expected features for Apple's iPhone 8.

The report that an iris scanner will be present on the phone comes by way of DigiTimes, and although it isn't necessarily a ground-breaking addition, it would certainly be a nice touch to be able to unlock the iPhone 8 with either your fingerprint or your eyes. We've previously seen iris scanners on handsets such as the Microsoft Lumia 950/950 XL and Samsung's Galaxy Note 7, and if Apple does decide to add this eye-scanning tech to its upcoming flagship, you can safely bet that the company will do whatever it can to make it noticeably faster and more secure that the implementations we've seen so far.

DigiTimes' report also goes on to say that "Makers in the supply chain are generally optimistic about the popularity of the device", and based off of everything we've already conjured for the iPhone 8, we don't find this hard to believe at all. Apple needs to go all out in 2017 with it being the 10th year anniversary of the first iPhone launch, and if an iris scanner is part of the equation to make the iPhone 8 the best phone we've seen from Apple yet, you won't find us complaining.

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Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

well nice info providing there we connect with you for more exciting information.

59. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And again everyone is getting so worked up over rumors.

54. PSAfromThisGuy

Posts: 146; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

soo many "hopefully" rumors going on here.. lol! I can only "hope" that there's an iPhone 8 fiasco that the media will talk about. Make everyone fear Apple and their out of date technology. by the way, I love all the pictures in your iCloud account :-P lol

53. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Curious if the FBI will be able to unlock phones using the eye if the person is dead.

69. AlikMalix unregistered

Good question. Well Apple designed so that dead finger won't work with Touch ID. I'm pretty sure they'll put a failsafe on that if they even put an iris scanner on next phone.

86. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What? They designed it so ot wont work wirh a dead fingerprint? No dude, it doesnt work with a dead finger dor the sa.e reasok it doesnt with a frozen finger. Or a wet finger or a greasy finger. Because all those things make a finger unreadable. OmG drugs drugs drugs!!

88. AlikMalix unregistered

Wet finger alters fingerprint complexity. Dead finger does not! There's a certain conductivity that a human body has that the ring around the sensor is reading before allowing it to function. (I'm fully capable of unlocking my device with a very cold finger as I do all they time when we're out in the snow). I don't do drugs, smoke or drink. Take your passive aggressive s**t somewhere else.

46. mikehunta727 unregistered

Apple will put a better iris scanner then the Note and combined with Apple's expertise in SoC's, no doubt the i8 will have a noticeably better scanner and scanner experience over the Note 7

32. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Ha ha ha Copy Cats as usual.... all praise Apple innovation.....

51. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Name a phone that was an iPod with multi touch, a touch screen that actually worked and an App Store all in one gadget prior to the iPhone. As of 2017, phones still are pretty much the same, but obviously faster and more advanced cameras. At the end of the day, you still use it the same. Lastly, this is just one feature of many that will be coming to this phone.

67. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Samsung F700 and LG Prada.....

90. AlikMalix unregistered

F700 was still in barely working prototype stage when iPhone was already released ( has a nice article on that including videos). lg parada was released a month before iPhone - compared to iPhone it was garbage, lagging, poor unintuitive UI where you had to drag placeholders to navigate (proof? That phone did not amount to more than a few sales and was a failure compared to an finished product like the Original iPhone). Both f700 and lg Prada had laggy incoherent UI that was a clutter mess with no good use for a touchscreen. They had NO MULTITOUCH, and not seen an App Store until about a year after Apples iPhone when google saved everyone's ass, by changing their acquired OS to a touch based UI inspired by yours truely, the iPhone.

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Oh so it will be a "nice touch" to be able to unlock the iPhoen with yoru eyes, but this isn't what was said when the Note 7 appeared with it. It was claimed to be gimmicky. But now its gonna be nice because APple "might" have it based on some unconfirmed rumor. There is that first 360 about face I spoke of. More coming "stay tuned".

34. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Well what did you expect from iphonearena?

21. j_grouchy

Posts: 193; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

This seems like a bigger pain in the ass than facial recognition. The simple fact is, most people don't want to have to hold the phone close up to their face to unlock it...they just want to quickly tap a fingerprint scanner or tap a few digits or swipe a pattern (assuming they lock it at all). Such a thing just isn't practical in the day-to-day, ten times an hour, usage of the average smartphone.

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

it doesn't have to be close to your face. The phone can be held at normal viewing distance. You would know this if you ever used an Iris Scanner.


Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

ifans will go nuts for the iris scanner it will be new and revolutionary......... When Microsoft came with the Lumia 950/XL in 2015 equipped iris scanner ifans said it is just a gimmick. Let's wait and see how they feel about the new iphone. Sheep will be sheep!

20. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Calling people sheep while sounding like a sheep in every post. That's logic.

23. kiko007

Posts: 7526; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Ummmmmm, I hate to break it to you, but iPhone fans have never given two s**ts about any WM10 phone. I've NEVER seen an iPhone user go out of there way to crap on the Lumias, ever. So I have no clue where the chipon your shoulder came from....

31. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I do have to agree here. I don't even reacll PA mentioning it had an Iris Scanner. But I do know for a fact when the Note 7 was release with it, all you guys surely did try to bash it and claim it wouldn't work and was gimmicky and useless. Yet a side by side video with the Surface Pro 4 showed it was equally as fast and like the SP4, works in complete darkness. Yeah I woudl agree no one really cares about Windows Phone, not even Windows users. I had high hopes, but Microsoft becoming like Apple with WP, ruined it.

79. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

Not trolling you but you mudsling Android alot when some ought to go for irish scammer so lets all drop the iris scanner waiting for them 8s lol

13. Unordinary unregistered


15. kiko007

Posts: 7526; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Totally agree. Just another pointless implementation of something unnecessarily overbearing. We have security features throughout the major OSes, and they work fine for the most part. The Iris Scanner was a cool idea, possibly would be revolutionary if not for it's slow reaction time, but it just isn't worth the hardware space.

49. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I see it useful for those times when you have on gloves or you fingers are wet, etc. I can also see it being used as a 2 way authentication. Outside of that, most will just unlock there phones with the FPS.

61. Alpha1

Posts: 100; Member since: Jul 06, 2016

Iris scanning isn't slow, you are just a slow person who was dropped your head when you were a baby.

8. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

What? No Apple copying Samsung posts?

10. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Of course not! Clearly, Samsung copied Apple on this.

36. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Ofcourse they did. Like amoled and curved screens. Multi window and stylus....

19. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You think Samsung started the iris scanner? You serious?

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

He never said that? Did he? Please show me in yoru stupid wisdom where he said anything about Samsung being first? You are as worthless as the spit that falls from your always hanging open pie-hole!

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