After bringing Always On Display (AOD) to the iPhone 14 Pro, Apple is said to be working on an under-display Face ID. According to a Korean news outlet The Elec, the first iPhone model to get under-display Face ID technology will reportedly be the iPhone 16 Pro in 2024.
However, in Apple’s case, the under-display Face ID doesn’t resemble what ZTE or Samsung did with the Axon 40 and Galaxy Z Fold3, respectively. The TrueDepth camera, one of the essential components for Face ID, will live below the display and stay hidden when not in use. When the screen is on, it won’t even be visible, giving users an immersive experience.
However, the camera cutout for the front-facing camera will still be present in the iPhone 16 Pro model. In other words, 2024 won’t be the year an all-screen iPhone appears in the works, which Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said last year.
However, the report clarifies that Apple is also planning to expand the under-display technology to include regular selfie cameras at some point in the future. Although not enough details have been given, an under-display selfie camera could eventually get rid of the notch display or dynamic island. However, a notch-less iPhone is unlikely to arrive anytime soon, as the iPhone 15 and 16 models will be equipped with a camera cutout on the display.
Based on the technical challenges within panel cameras that remain to meet the quality demands of discerning brands as well as the cost demands of panel manufacturers, I still believe this roadmap makes sense for the iPhone. . pic.twitter.com/3ck5X3sVcL
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) May 10, 2022
However, display analyst Ross Young famously revealed a roadmap detailing when an all-screen iPhone will actually debut. According to the roadmap, the iPhone 18 Pro model will be the first true notchless iPhone in 2026. Young also claimed last year that Apple would ship the iPhone 16 Pro with under-display Face ID and a punch-hole. And now that another source is suggesting the same, it looks like the iPhone 18 Pro will indeed be completely free.
Source: The election