While Apple has been known to adopt a number of fancy new mobile technologies in recent years before many of its competitors, including fingerprint recognition and 3D Touch, the world’s most profitable corporation also showed great skepticism towards an entire slate of other innovative features.
The jury is still out on whether this fall’s next-gen iPhone, dubbed 7 or 6SE, will finally, properly and officially resist water interaction, whereas the long overdue switch from LCD screens to AMOLEDs is almost surely taking place in 2017.
Then there’s so-called iris authentication, which aims to up the biometric security ante with a combination of sensors and a front-facing camera capable of scanning a user’s eye for the purposes of seamlessly unlocking a device, or even quickly and safely authorizing mobile payments.
Already incorporated on the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL, as well as a few other lower-profile phones, the technology is expected to break into the mainstream once the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 launches. But Apple reportedly remains reluctant of its maturity, and may only jump on the bandwagon in 2018. Not this year, not the next, but the one after that, at least according to “industry sources.” So, yeah, the first iPhone with an integrated iris reader might be the iPhone 8.