Rumors point to iPhone 8 going into early production with possible iris scanner

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It’s unclear if the iris scanner is in addition to the TouchID fingerprint scanner or if Apple is just moving to an iris scanner altogether.

iPhone rumors and news are a couple of the more popular topics across the internet, so here we are with the latest. DigiTimes is one of the more well-known iPhone sources for iPhone leaks, and they have a pretty good track record when it comes to these leaks. According to DigiTimes, their sources claim the new iPhone 8 will house an iris scanner for security. It’s unclear if the iris scanner is in addition to the TouchID fingerprint scanner or if Apple is just moving to an iris scanner altogether. Android and Windows Phone have both used a form of iris scanning or facial recognition and we have no idea what tech Apple is purportedly using.

DigiTimes also claims that the iPhone 8 could be going into earlier than normal production as vendors are shipping parts to Apple much earlier this year than previous years. This could point to an earlier launch than the iPhone’s traditional September launch.

Apple has requested its chip and component suppliers start trial production, inspection and prepare inventories for the new iPhone series earlier than usual, said the sources. Deliveries of chips and parts for the new models are expected to kick off in the second half of first-quarter 2017, the sources indicated.

Sources at Taiwan-based suppliers involved in the production of the rumored iPhone 8 said that companies will start working on OLED panel bonding for the device around the end of the first quarter. Apple has also ordered sufficient OLED panels from Samsung Display, according to the sources.

Apple is more active in placing chip orders for the 2017 iPhone series, and has set more stringent inspection requirements for related chips, components, modules and mechanical parts, according to sources at analog IC vendors.

Earlier this week we reported that the new iPhone 8 would cost well over $1,000USD. This is likely due to the 5.8″ OLED screens the new iPhone 8 will house. DigiTimes is also speculating, as many already have, that the iPhone 8 will be released alongside an iPhone 7s and 7s Plus. Both the 7 models will likely still use IPS displays and the cost will be lower than the iPhone 8.

What do you think of Apple possibly using an iris scanner? Do you think they may release the new line of iPhones earlier than normal this year? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

  Source: DigiTimes
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