Apple iPhone 8 release date indicates Iris scanning capabilities in 2018

Then, Apple must find a way to make iris scanners more effective, and that will be a challenge for Samsung's the Note 7 too.

August 2 is the date that Samsung fans will be waiting for as the Galaxy Note 7 will be unveiled. The handsets were made from premium glass and metal, quietening the critics and even gaining the title of best new handset at MWC 2015 for the Galaxy S6 Edge. The new Note 7, however, will apparently be sporting a new feature that isn't found on any of the aforementioned devices. A new Zauba listing now confirms the phablet will rock a 12 megapixel rear camera.

Other features include a new 5.7-inch dual curved edge Quad HD display, which will look largely the same as the Galaxy S7 Edge. The smartphone will pack in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor or Exynos 8893 chipset (based on region) and 4 GB of RAM to do all the heavy lifting.

First and foremost, it's worth noting that Samsung will offer such a feature on its upcoming Galaxy Note 7, so by the time the 2018 Apple sees daylight, Samsung should already have at least two or even three generations of phones with iris scanners.

The impending release of the iPhone 7 may not be as exciting as previous iPhone releases, but the rumors we've been hearing about the iPhone 8 strongly suggest that Apple still hasn't lost its innovative edge, notwithstanding what some pundits might otherwise have you believe.

Samsung recently became the highest selling smartphone maker in the key USA market, suggesting a shift in momentum towards the Korean firm.

If Apple can't convince people to buy the iPhone 7, Samsung will benefit.

According to DigiTimes, leading smartphone makers Samsung and Apple will be integrating Iris scanning technology to their future devices.

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