The iris scanner will be limited to the most premium iPhone 8 with OLED display.
In a series of speculations about the upcoming Apple iPhone 8, latest rumor reiterates that the smartphone will feature an iris scanner. It is rumored that there will be three variants of the iPhones this year and of these, the version with an OLED display, dubbed iPhone 8, will feature the iris scanning technology – a feature that made its debut on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
It is worth mentioning that earlier reports indicated that Apple is unlikely to bring onboard the new form of authentication to its iPhone anytime sooner. However, a report on DigiTimes notes that one of the three iPhones will indeed come with an iris scanner. An iris scanner essentially scans users’ pupils for authentication purpose. Other than adding to the way of unlocking the iPhone, the feature will also help simplify authentication process for mobile wallet services such as Apple Pay. At the moment, it is unclear if the iris scanner will be in addition to the regular TouchID fingerprint scanner.
According to the report, it is expected that iPhone suppliers will begin delivering parts and components earlier than the schedule in previous years. Now this suggests we might be able to see the final product stored up to meet the demands well before the official launch. Apple has reportedly asked its chip and component suppliers to start trial production, inspection and prepare inventories for the new iPhone series earlier than usual. It is further speculated that the deliveries of the chips and parts will kick off in the second half of Q1, 2017.
If one cumulates all the previous rumors, then this year Apple fans could be in for a treat with three new iPhones in the pipeline — iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and the high-end iPhone 8. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has indicated that other than the most premium iPhone 8 with OLED display, the other two models will also boast wireless charging capabilities thanks to the possibility of Apple moving to a glass sandwich design.
Along with the iPhone 4-like design, it is also expected that the new iPhone will also bring in some other changes under the hood. For example, the 3D Touch sensor will now get a graphite layer to protect it from the heat generated by the wireless charging components because the glass body isn’t efficient enough to dissipate heat. Some of the other features rumored to be introduced with the next iPhone is a wraparound OLED display. It is further likely to house the next-gen A11 processor, new sensors for facial or gesture recognition. Reports have also indicated that Apple might ditch the TouchID button completely and instead layer it beneath the display to give the illusion of a larger display.
With a radical redesign, the upcoming iPhones, which will be the anniversary edition devices, are likely to cost higher than before. It has been rumored that the prices for the most premium iPhone 8 could start at $1,000 (approximately Rs 67,000) and go up depending on the storage. The iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, with lower specs than the iPhone 8, are expected to be priced similar to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Apple is expected to launch these new iPhones in September 2017.
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