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Apr 12, 2001

Apple is planning to include iris scanning capabilities on the tenth-anniversary iPhone launching in 2017, according to a Chinese-language MoneyDJ report translated by DigiTimes. The latter website, citing supply chain sources, previously said the feature would not debut on iPhones until at least 2018.


An iris scanner could complement or replace Touch ID as a way to verify a user's identity, enabling iPhone users to unlock their smartphone, make payments, and more 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.

An iris scanner on a smartphone would not be unprecedented, as Samsung included one on the new Galaxy Note7 released earlier this month.

Taiwan-based supplier Xintec, an affiliate of Apple manufacturer TSMC, will begin mass production of iris-recognition chips in 2017, likely in an effort to secure orders from Apple and other smartphone vendors next year:
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.
Xintec said the company does not comment on rumors or speculation about specific products or customer orders.

Based on rumors, Apple's tenth-anniversary iPhone is shaping up to be a more significant upgrade compared to the iPhone 7 series expected at Apple's September 7 event. Other rumors surrounding the so-called iPhone 8 include a 5.8-inch curved OLED screen, glass casing, an embedded or completely removed home button, wireless charging, an enhanced Taptic Engine, and more.

Article Link: Next Year's iPhone Said to Include Iris Scanner to Authenticate With Your Eyes


macrumors 6502
Apr 27, 2011
Nah, just leave me with touch ID. I'm not always looking at my phone when unlocking, and it would be faster to pull it out of my pocket with my thumb on it and have it unlocked by the time it is facing up than to pull it out, turn it on, look into it, let it take it's time because I'm in a dark area, and then unlock.


macrumors 68030
Feb 11, 2007
I don't believe this rumor for a second. Iris scan is not as reliable or fast, opens Apple to "you blinded me" law suits, doesn't really improve anything, and Apple has spent years getting users used to TouchID and improving the system.

Edited i wrote retinal instead of iris
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macrumors 6502
Jul 25, 2012
Who cares about iris scanner... Where is my new Macbook Pro ??
You'll have to wait till October to see that update, if we're lucky. I would like to think that they're not going to wait till next year to release it, unless they are waiting for Kobylake.


macrumors 68000
Nov 9, 2010
Apple dropped the ball this year. There's no need to speculate over next years model, because there will also be plenty of news from the competition.
If Apple wants to increase sales, they need to do something exciting, not incremental BS to optimize their supply chain.


macrumors regular
Sep 23, 2013
Not interested.

This rumor, however unlikely, does serve to reinforce what I believe will be the most lackluster iPhone event in quite some time.

I feel no excitement this year, which is sad.
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