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Aside from other exciting hardware features, such as a bezel-less, wraparound OLED screen with integrated Touch ID and click-less Home button, Apple’s tenth anniversary iPhone could bring out iris scanning capabilities next year, Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes said Monday. The technology could be potentially used to replace, or augment, Touch ID verification to boost security.

Some phones, like Samsung’s upcoming Note refresh, are expected to adopt iris scanning later this year. Keep in mind that DigiTimes has a hit-and-miss record so the DigiTimes report should be taken with a grain of salt.

“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,” reads the report.

Iris is the circular colored muscle of the eye.

Iris scanning may be more accurate than fingerprint-based verification, although both the iris and the fingerprint are unique to each individual. However, the accuracy of iris scanning is not prone to wet, greasy or oily fingers like Touch ID.

That said, it’s unclear how the technology could be beneficial becase iris scanning suffers in low light conditions and recognizing complex patterns in a person’s iris is more taxing than analyzing fingerprints from a hardware point of view.

A January 2014 report from 9to5Mac alleged that Apple was actively investigating iris scanning technology and looking at using other sensors already built into the iPhone, like the accelerometer and compass, to improve facial recognition.

For what it’s worth, revered analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted Apple would be bringing facial or iris recognition to a future iPhone as an additional layer of biometric security.

Would iris scanning make a viable alternative to Touch ID, do you think?

Source: DigiTimes

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Next year is 2017 not 2018. So this wouldnt be included in the 10th anniversary model

    • SkyFall

      Well they have to keep some features for the 8s (Assuming next years iPhone is called iPhone 8 instead of 7s)

  • Thomas Flores

    Can we just get through the 2016 features of this new iPhone and than worry about the completely new redesign of the 2017 iPhone before we start getting into what the 2018 iPhone is going to be like or be like

    • Y2J

      Cool looking feature but my thoughts exactly

  • Bugs Bunnay

    If it doesnt work in the dark don’t bother.

  • Anonymous

    My bank already uses this technology in its app along with touch id. Personally i think iris scaning makes mire sense on mac. And to have touch id for the moblie.

  • Lol, yet another once-upon-a-time competitor feature that was being called a gimmick making its way to iDevices…

  • :D

    I don’t see the point – Touch ID is good enough and probably even better than this

    • jOn Garrett

      Then your narrow-minded and short sighted.

      • :D