29 March 2022
Samsung is reportedly working on a new under-display panel tech that will allow Apple to offer Face ID hidden under the display. The report is coming from The Elec, a South Korean publication, citing its sources. The implementation is expected to happen in 2023 with the launch of the presumably named iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
Apple started offering notch with the iPhone X with the goal of accommodating Face ID sensors. It started exploring ways to deliver an increased screen space while offering the same efficient facial recognition. This is the reason it is now widely rumored to have opted for a unique pill and punch-hole design for this year's iPhone 14 series. It means next-gen iPhones will have a punch-hole for the selfie camera and a pill-shaped cutout for housing Face ID sensors.
The ultimate goal for Apple is to eliminate the pill-shaped cutout and offer only a punch-hole cutout on the display. This is where Samsung's alleged under-display tech comes into the picture. It is said to be collaborating with Canada-based OTI Lumionics for technology development. It is planned for a commercial debut with the next-gen Galaxy foldables and then will arrive on iPhone models.
The exact differences between using an under-display Face ID and the traditional Face ID are unknown for the time being. It is also hard to say whether there will be any kind of trade-offs. We will keep you posted as more details will emerge in the future. In other reports, Apple is said to restrict the new A16 Bionic chipset to iPhone 14 Pro models this year.