Analyst details Apple iPhone under-panel Face ID delay
Last May, Ross Young shared display roadmaps for iPhone releases until 2026, with the iPhone 14 through iPhone 18 series detailed, including Pro models. For reference, Young accurately predicted the display arrangements of iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models, with the analyst describing the Dynamic Island at the time as a 'Pill + Hole'. Additionally, the CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) claimed that Apple would bring the Dynamic Island to regular iPhones this year with the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, which now appears to be the case.
While Apple appears on track to move away from a notched display this year across its flagship iPhone portfolio, Young claims that the company has run into issues with the next stage in its roadmap. Originally, the analyst stated that Apple would release Pro models with under-panel Face ID sensors and a punch-hole camera in 2024, starting with the iPhone 16 Pro series. In comparison, regular iPhone 16 models would retain the Dynamic Island, with under-panel Face ID sensors arriving in their successors and staying for the iPhone 18 generation.
Now, Young has informed his followers that 'sensor issues' have delayed Apple's plans, with under-panel Face 'pushed at least a year'. Thus, Apple is now expected to keep the Dynamic Island for all iPhone models next year, although Young adds that the delay will last at least a year. It remains to be seen whether the same sensor issues will impact the adoption of under-panel Face and front-facing camera sensors too, which were slated for 2026. As such, do not rule out an even longer duration of the Dynamic Island, with all under-panel technology pushed beyond 2026.