The iPhone 14 range could very quickly seem very strange, as both the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are said to have two front camera cutouts – one circular, the other pill-shaped – this design might only last one generation.
Accordingly the electrSamsung Display is in the process of developing a new under-panel camera technology that Apple plans to use on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max to hide the Face ID components under the display.
From the sound of it, the actual camera will still be housed in a hole, but that would mean Apple would only need a small cut-out like we see on many Android phones, rather than having a second larger one as well.
The end result would be a less distinctive design, but perhaps also a less divisive one, and most importantly, it would allow for fewer screen breaks.
While we’d take that claim with a pinch of salt for now, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard it, as reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, for example, said back in April that the iPhone 15 Pro would go under-Face ID Show.
Other high-profile leakers like Ross Young and Mark Gurman have also claimed that Apple will sooner or later ship Under-Display Face ID, so it probably seems only a matter of time whether 2023 is the year or not.
But if it happens in 2023, the iPhone 14 Pro could soon start to feel like an oddball in Apple’s lineup.
Analysis: obstacles to overcome
While under-display Face ID sounds like a good idea, it’s only really going to be a good thing if Apple delivers well, and early examples of under-display cameras weren’t great.
That’s partly down to their image quality, which isn’t a concern with Face ID (and that issue is likely why Apple is reportedly not moving the selfie camera under the display just yet).
Another problem, however, is that they’re not really completely hidden under the screen. They leave a small area that looks noticeably different from the rest of the display, and while that’s ultimately less annoying than a hole, it’s also arguably uglier and certainly not a perfect solution.
We expect Apple to avoid this – they’re reportedly using new technology to hide Face ID, so maybe this new technology will solve the problem.
Apple is certainly not the type of company that typically offers such imperfect solutions, and it could well be that the reason we’ve waited so long for the company to use under-display technology is because it’s the Face ID components really want to be invisible.
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