Iris scanners to become more prevalent in smartphones; feature will drive a rise in mobile payments
Marina Lu, Senior Analyst at ABI Research, says that iris scanning will help drive the implementation of mobile payment services by making the process more seamless. "We find that users are still wary to rely on mobile payments due to security concerns, but iris scanning will help drive future mobile payment adoption," she said.
The Fujitsu Arrows NX F-04G was the first smartphone to carry an iris scanner. The phone was introduced in March 2015. The Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL were next, followed by the Nubia Prague S. HP's Windows 10 Mobile powered Elite x3 also comes with this feature. There already is talk that Apple will include an iris scanner with the 10th anniversary iPhone to be released in approximately a year from now.
ABI's Lu says that iris scanners will eventually become more popular than fingerprint readers. And while the feature can be found right now on high-end devices, eventually less expensive models will employ them as well.