Iris scanner likely for Apple’s iPhone in 2018

“Smartphone brands have been gearing up efforts to develop biometrics recognition technology, aiming to ramping up their market share with high-end models featured biometrics functionality, according to industry sources,” Sammi Huang and Steve Shen report for DigiTimes.

“Samsung is expected to lead all vendors by releasing its new flagship smartphone supporting iris recognition technology in the second half of 2016,” Huang and Shen report, “while Apple is likely to roll out new iPhone devices with iris sensors in 2018, the sources indicated.”

MacDailyNews Take: Only Apple’s will work reliably.

Huang and Shen report, “[Many] upstream solution suppliers… have also been accelerating their developments of iris and other biometrics recognition solutions to support smartphone vendors, said the sources.”

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  1. I doubt it; it not a convenient way.

    But I would not mind to have it as an option purely for the sake of avoiding someone at home using your fingerprint while you are asleep. Yes, Apple has made password login to pop up more often, it might be not enough.

    1. Scanning one’s iris while asleep is quite possible with certain sound sleepers. Then there’s the issue of someone photographing your iris out in public without your knowledge. As with fingerprints, it will be hackable.

  2. “Samsung is expected to lead all vendors by releasing its new flagship smartphone supporting iris recognition technology in the second half of 2016”

    ZTE released smartphones with iris scanners 18 months ago. How do we know? THIS VERY SAME MAGAZINE COVERED IT.

    Stuff like this makes me believe that the adversarial relationship that most tech writers have towards Android is because the existence of Android forces them to work harder. Life really was easier for these people when doing their jobs meant just following Apple and Microsoft. I know … Microsoft had a number of hardware OEMs from Toshiba to IBM to Dell to HP and so forth (and yes Samsung). But Microsoft’s closed-source nature meant that all mainstream devices operated basically the same: if you saw one you saw them all. But Android’s open source nature allows a very wide variety in devices.

    I can forgive the tech media for overlooking the fingerprint scanner in the Motorola Atrix in 2011. But come on, your own magazine reports this feature from less than 18 months ago and you ignore it? Just so disappointing …

  3. Ummm…..One would need to hold the phone up in front of their face for this to work?…
    How is that more convenient than fingerprint scanner.

    I can see it as a useful secondary verification sys for super secure logins though.

  4. I would assume that Apple’s iris scanning system will exploit the Secure Enclave within Apple’s CPUs in a similar way to the fingerprint ID system. That should go a long way towards making it suitably secure.

    My only reservation with it is whether law enforcement people would find it easier to force somebody to look at their iPhone to unlock it than to use their fingerprint? If they were forcing me to use my finger to unlock my iPhone, I’ve got more fingers than the iPhone gives them opportunities to unlock it, so I could use the wrong finger to obstruct them. We have a much smaller number of eyes and they can usually be seen without our specific consent.

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