iPhones Rumored to Get Iris Scanners for Boosted Security in 2018


The next phase of leveled security for smartphones could be focused on the eyes, if a new report is any indicator of the future.

DigiTimes is reporting on a future where iris scanners are the next big step for mobile device security, naming a variety of different brands that will adopt the technology in the foreseeable future based on information provided to the publication from “industry sources.” Specifically, Samsung is said to be the first out of the gate, with rumors suggesting the upcoming Galaxy Note 7 will boast the technology. However, Apple is said to be following up with its own iris scanner in the iPhones launched in 2018.

“Samsung is expected to lead all vendors by releasing its new flagship smartphone supporting iris recognition technology in the second half of 2016, while Apple is likely to roll out new iPhone devices with iris sensors in 2018, the sources indicated.”

Apple has been rumored to be jumping into biometric technologies for quite some time now, with reports dating back to 2014. Some rumors have even suggested Apple could introduce technology that either scans the eyes or face of an iPhone owner to unlock a handset as early as next year.

Apple has even made some notable acquisitions in recent months with companies that could boost those efforts, including the facial recognition company Emotient, and Faceshift, which is a company that focused on 3D rendering. Apple also has patents that outline a future where Touch ID is embedded in the display, making edge-to-edge screens a possibility.

What do you think of the idea behind iris scanners?

[via DigiTimes]