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Apple expected to debut iris-scanning capabilities with next year’s iPhone: Report

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We are still a good week away from the official release of the iPhone 7, but the interwebs have lately been abuzz with more leaks and rumors about next year’s iPhone release. You can expect this year’s iteration to be the last monotonous iPhone as things are about to get very interesting with next year’s tenth anniversary release.

We’ve already heard that Apple is planning a complete design overhaul for the iPhone release next year. The 2017 iPhone is expected to feature an edge-to-edge flexible OLED display, alongwith the removal of the prominent home button. Following along the same lines, removal of the home button could probably mean — no more Touch ID.

And since there might be no Touch ID, Chinese publication MoneyDJ(and DigiTimes) now believe that Apple is planning to introduce iris-scanning capabilities on the next iPhone.

According to the report, Taiwan-based Xintec, an affiliate of Apple’s chipmaker TSMC will start fulfilling new orders for iris-recognition solutions in the fourth quarter of 2016. But Xintec has declined to comment of particular products and customer orders.

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,

quoted sources cited in the report.

After fingerprint tech, iris scanner is the next fledging biometric authentication method to be introduced in smartphones. This advanced iris-scanner can be used to verify a user’s identity to unlock the smartphone, make payments, click selfies, and more by authenticating their eyes. It identifies the colorful, complex and random patterns of individual irises to authenticate the identity.

This is, however, all just pure speculation and the iris-scanner could compliment or replace the Touch ID. The tenth anniversary iPhone, including the iris scanner could work in a manner very similar to that on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7. However, we wouldn’t expect the iPhones to explode into flames and cause danger to life.

Cupertino is also working on updated iterations of its professional product lineup, including the iPad and Macbook Pro’s. It is also working on the development of Apple Watch 2, and is expected to debut it alongside the iPhone next year.

What features would you like to see in 2017’s tenth anniversary iPhone? Comment your thoughts down below.

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