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Apr 12, 2001

Apple is widely rumored to launch a high-end iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED display this year, which has been variously called the "iPhone 8" or "iPhone X" to commemorate the smartphone's tenth anniversary, and rumors suggest the device will an include iris scanner to authenticate with your eyes.

iPhone 8 concept by visual designer Moe Slah

Taiwanese website DigiTimes, citing unnamed "industry sources," claims the so-called "iPhone 8" will include an OLED display, wireless charging, and iris scanning technology, the latter of which would presumably enable iPhone users to unlock their device or use Apple Pay by authenticating with their eyes.

A person's iris, or the circular colored muscle of the eye, contains a complex and random pattern that is unique to each individual.

DigiTimes has sources within Apple's supply chain, but it has a mixed track record at reporting on Apple's unannounced product plans, so this latest report should be treated with a proverbial grain of salt. The publication previously said iPhones with iris scanning capabilities would not debut until 2018.

DigiTimes previously cited a Chinese website that said 2017 iPhones will include iris scanning capabilities, but today's report is based on its own sources. The original report claimed Taiwan-based supplier Xintec, an affiliate of Apple manufacturer TSMC, would begin mass production of iris-recognition chips this year.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the more reliable sources of iPhone rumors, believes Apple is leaning toward facial recognition technology rather than iris recognition, based on the bio-recognition patents it has filed. Way back in March 2016, he said the "iPhone 8" will include either facial or iris recognition.

Kuo said he believes Touch ID will "ultimately be replaced by a facial recognition system" for enhanced security, in line with rumors Apple will remove the Home button; however, if the technical challenges cannot be overcome, he noted a "combination of fingerprint and facial recognition" is another possible solution.

Last month, Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri said the "iPhone 8" could include facial or gesture recognition technology powered by a laser sensor and an infrared sensor located near the front-facing camera. The feature could allow users to control their devices with simple gestures for tasks such as adjusting volume.

Lending credence to these rumors is Apple's trademark for "Iris Engine" and the acquisitions of companies such as Faceshift and PrimeSense.

iPhone would not be the first smartphone with an iris scanner, as Samsung included the technology on its now-discontinued Galaxy Note7.

DigiTimes also said the "iPhone 8" will enter production earlier than in previous years, in line with a report from earlier this week.
Apple has requested its chip and component suppliers start trial production, inspection and prepare inventories for the new iPhone series earlier than usual, said the sources. Deliveries of chips and parts for the new models are expected to kick off in the second half of first-quarter 2017, the sources indicated.
Apple's trio of new iPhones, including more iterative "iPhone 7s" and "iPhone 7s Plus" models, are still expected to launch in September per usual. The "iPhone 8" in particular may cost upwards of $1,000 in the U.S. due to its significant redesign and features that require more expensive parts.

Article Link: iPhone 8 Said to Feature Iris Scanner to Authenticate With Your Eyes


macrumors 65816
Feb 14, 2006
This is always one of those rumors that I hope ends up being false. I think it sounds so hokey and gimmicky to try and pick up the phone straight in front of me and have it try to scan my face or my eyes every time I want to unlock it. Just tapping my finger on the screen is instantly faster and more reliable.


macrumors 68040
Jun 29, 2012
I feel like Apple will nail it, just like the fingerprint reader. What's scary is that if the camera can detail your retina, it can pretty much watch you the whole time.
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macrumors G3
Sep 15, 2013
If alol of these features are true, I can certainly see why the next iPhone will cost upwards of $1000 it will also be worth it if all of this is true. However it could be that some of this technology won't make it into the next iPhone and Apple are just looking these technology's for future devices.


macrumors 68020
Jul 24, 2007
This is just a waste of technical resources.

Apple should go back to the drawing board and make buy worthy computers.

And Henry Ford should have focused on breeding fast horses.

Computers aren't where the future is for most consumers. Most tech companies are noticing that and switching their resources. Apple putting a huge focus on computers and taking away resources from iPhone and iPad would be a bad move.


macrumors newbie
Sep 22, 2015
As long as this is optional... This kind of technology is useless for people who have conditions such as keratoconus.


macrumors 68000
Jun 27, 2016
Passwords and TouchID to unlock the iDevice are enough for me. Iris scanning is trying to solve/fix something that isnt broken and hardly necessary or wanted. It'll make for a cool tech demo, but i doubt it will make much of an impact in day-to-day use. Instead of these gimmicks, i wish they would focus resources on revamping iOS from the bottom up.
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macrumors 68020
Jul 24, 2007
As always Apple following others. I miss the days when Apple used to actually make something different, now it's just the same as the other companies already have for years.

Aside from designing the iPhone, Apple has been behind on phone features for years and they have done so on purpose. There is something to be said for being the first to do something, but there is also a lot to be said for taking your time and implementing something the best way possible. Sometimes Apple fails, but sometimes they do it very well.
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