11 April 2022
The last major design overhaul for iPhone happened in 2017 when Apple launched the iPhone X with a notch. It has continued the design since then despite Android rivals opting for options like punch-hole and pop-up cameras. There have been rumors of a punch-hole iPhone but many have been wondering about full-screen design too. And now, we have a fresh set of leaks detailing what to expect and when.
Ming-Chi Kuo, a renowned market analyst, has tweeted that full-screen iPhone models will arrive in 2024. It means iPhone 16 series (expected name) will be the first lineup to feature an iPhone with nothing but a screen on the front. He adds that we will get to see both the under-display front camera and Face ID on that particular model. This makes sense as it is the only way to achieve the full-screen design on an iPhone considering Apple has no intentions of bringing Touch ID back.
I think 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. https://t.co/vWjeZYZUPK— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) April 20, 2022
It is important to note that the new full-screen iPhone design will be restricted to high-end models i.e. iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max. It is not surprising as we have seen Apple keep new features exclusive to Pro models in the beginning and then expand them to other models in the following years.
However, we have seen that the under-display front camera's quality is passable at best and that too during daytime. This is the reason they have only been seen in a handful of devices so far. Apple is known to take great pride in iPhone camera performance and will be interesting to see what it achieves with the under-display camera tech.