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

Key Points
  • 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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The on the iPhone 8 will allow a user to unlock the device in "a few hundred milliseconds," or almost instantly, Bloomberg said.

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'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 in limited quantities.

Apple did not reply to a CNBC request for comment.

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