2024 iPhones likely to get full-view screens with under-display camera and Face ID
Apple’s affinity for camera notches has stirred up various debates over the past few years, and most recently we’ve seen this “dreaded” feature even pop up on the latest MacBook Pro models. But, alas, the days of the camera notch are numbered, at least for Apple’s smartphone devices, as the company is planning to ditch and replace it with a pill and hole-punch design on the high-end 2022 iPhone 14. This approach has been favored by Samsung for some time now, but it certainly is not the latest trend. Even though more and more companies are looking to integrate under-display solutions to enable full-view displays, the technology is still not quite there yet. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple is hard at work on improving its own take on under-display cameras, so we might see the first implementation beginning with 2024.
In his latest tweet, Kuo thinks “the real full-screen iPhone will come in 2024. High-end iPhones in 2024 would adopt an under-display front camera alongside the under-display Face ID. A low-light condition is detrimental to front camera quality, and ISP & algorithm are critical for quality improvements.” Kuo essentially agrees with display analyst Ross Young who tweeted on March 30 that Apple is to introduce under-screen Face ID with iPhone 16, but under-display Touch ID will probably not make it until later versions.
It looks like the current under-display cameras still have trouble with low-light conditions and Apple is working to improve things via AI algorithms and better image processors, so it is highly unlikely we are going to see commercial products with this feature in 2023. However, we could see front cameras embedded in the upper bezel for next year’s iPhones.