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Apple is planning to include Samsung’s iris scanning in 2017

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Written by Mia Miller

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

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According to MacRumors 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.

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

Mass production of iris-recognition

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.

Apple’s tenth-anniversary iPhone

Xintec said the company does not comment on rumors or speculation about specific products or customer orders.

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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.

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