IPhone 8 face scanner will unlock the phone almost instantly, says report

  • The iPhone 8 reportedly packs a face scanner that unlocks the phone in milliseconds.
  • Samsung's Galaxy S8 also features a face scanner, though it can be fooled.
  • The face scanner may be an alternative to a fingerprint reader.
Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc.
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Tim Cook, CEO of Apple Inc.

The 3-D face sensor on the iPhone 8 will allow a user to unlock the device in "a few hundred milliseconds," or almost instantly, Bloomberg said.

Apple's iPhone 8, expected to launch this fall, isn't the first phone to use this sort of feature. Samsung's Galaxy S8 also features a face scanner that quickly unlocks the phone. It also packs an iris scanner, which Samsung has said is more secure. Samsung's technology, however, can be tricked with a photo.

The iPhone 8 is said to be full of new features ranging from an edge-to-edge OLED display that's more colorful and brighter than previous screens, wireless charging and more. It's expected to launch in September in limited quantities.

Apple did not reply to a CNBC request for comment.

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