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All-screen iPhone with no notch and under-display Face ID due in 2023 says Kuo

A concept render of an iPhone with under-display Face ID system. (Image: Macrumors)
A concept render of an iPhone with under-display Face ID system. (Image: Macrumors)
Apple is prepping an under-display Face ID system for its iPhones, according to renowned Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo. The system will debut in Apple’s 2023 models and will mean the elimination of the controversial display notch creating a true all-screen iPhone for the first time.
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Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed in his latest research note to investors that Apple will eliminate the controversial display notch on its iPhones. According to Kuo, Apple’s current timeline will see the company introduce an under-display Face ID system in 2023, eliminating the need for the notch. The notch houses the True Depth camera system and was first introduced as a facial authentication system by Apple in the iPhone X in 2017.

Although many reviewers gave Apple a free pass despite the way the notch intruded into the viewing area of the display, it remains a controversial but signature feature. Many Android makers quickly copied Apple’s approach (although their facial recognition systems weren’t in the same league as Apple’s), but were also just as quick to move away from large notches to the favored punch-hole selfie camera approach that proliferates today. At this stage, however, it isn’t clear how Apple will get all the components of its Face ID system to work under a display.

Early leaks for Apple’s iPhone 12s/13 due later this year have revealed that the company plans on reducing the width of the Face ID notch, although not its depth. At the same time, Apple is also rumored to be introducing a companion under-display Touch ID sensor, seemingly to give users an alternative method of authentication. This could also lead to at least one of the iPhone models also dropping the notch in favor of a punch-hole selfie camera in the near future. Whichever way Apple goes, it looks like the days of the notch are numbered, which can only be a good thing.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1345 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2021-04-14 (Update: 2021-04-16)