Iris scanning functionality isn’t exactly new in the mobile space but the technology has so far been limited to a few devices. According to a report from DigiTimes, however, the technology is primed to go mainstream, with Apple reportedly planning to adopt the feature in 2018.
There have been speculative reports about Apple exploring alternative biometric options outside of TouchID, and now we might have a clearer picture of where the Cupertino company intends to go. TouchID has become an integral part of the iPhone experience, allowing users to do everything from unlock their device to make purchases. Introducing an iris scanner would seemingly be the next phase in biometric technology for Apple though it’s unclear if this method would replace TouchID or simply complement it.
A previous note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed Apple was looking into new biometric features, so the report from DigiTimes isn’t without precedent. Samsung is expected to introduce iris-scanning technology when the Note 7 hits next month. Microsoft also experimented with similar technology, rolling out iris scanning in the Windows Hello feature of the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL. Whether it’ll become the preferred method by users remains to be seen.
Apple has yet to release its rumored iPhone 6SE but it sounds like the greater public is already looking past this year’s release and toward what’s coming down the line. Previous reports claim the iPhone 2017 will introduce a complete redesign and other big features such as wireless charging. The next model after that, it would seem, will be all about its iris-scanning capabilities.