Apple iPhone 8 to pack an Iris scanner, wireless charging: Report

Multiple reports suggest that the next iPhone 8 will be a massive upgrade in terms of design and technology. Apple reportedly plans to release an exclusive anniversary iPhone this year, something that’ll be very different from past iPhone releases. Now a new report by DigiTimes states that the next iPhone 8 could feature an Iris scanner.

An Iris scanner would certainly make the iPhone 8 compete against the Galaxy S8, also expected to arrive in a few months with an Iris scanner. We’ve already seen this technology on smartphones such as Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Besides, the Iris scanner was also one of the highlights of the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7.

DigiTimes, which has a hit-and-miss reputation with rumors, further notes that Apple’s component suppliers will start delivering iPhone 8 components by the end of the first quarter. Apple reportedly plans to begin iPhone 8 production earlier this time around. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple plans to release two iPhone 7S models, alongside a top-of-the-line iPhone 8 model at its keynote event in September 2017.

Kuo also says that all three upcoming iPhone models in 2017 will feature wireless charging capabilities. Earlier this week, an Apple invite for its 2017 keynote also appears to have leaked allegedly. The invite posted by renowned case manufacturer @dbrand, reads:

‘We’re getting down to the wire”.

The alleged invite, if it turns out to be true, would mean that wireless charging will finally be a feature in the next iPhone release.

Besides, the Cupertino giant has also joined hands with Energous, a company that created its own long-range wireless charging technology called WattUp.

The upcoming iPhone 8 is said to pack an OLED display. Sources suggest that Apple has cut a deal with Taiwan-based suppliers along with Samsung to provide OLED screens for the iPhone 8.

Users who purchased the iPhone 7 this year only saw slight hardware upgrades. Though it appears the next iPhone will get the makeover we’ve all been waiting for.

Still wondering whether to hold off for the next big thing from Apple? For now nothing is official, but multiple reports and sources do suggest that the iPhone 8 is expected to be a quantum leap in terms of design and technology.

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