The iPhone 14 Pro series joins the “Smart Island” design, bringing a new look. Now there is news that the iPhone 16 Pro series launched in 2024 will be equipped with an under-screen Face ID sensor. This means that Apple can completely cancel the Smart Island (or bangs), leaving only one proactive circular punch hole. But the question is, the Smart Island feature has only been online for 2 years, is Apple willing to shelve this feature?
Ross Young, CEO of DSCC, a screen supply chain consulting firm, reported last spring that Apple had an under-display Face ID sensor ready for the 2024 iPhone. This was subsequently confirmed by TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who specifically pointed out in the memo that Apple is aiming to introduce an off-screen Face ID sensor for the 2024 iPhone 16 Pro models.
We reconfirmed again that there is not expected to be under panel IR for iPhones until 2024, iPhone 16. Gotta start the development and start submitting samples now though.
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) March 23, 2022
A report from Apple’s supply chain continues to echo that sentiment today. The supply chain report said that with the introduction of Smart Island to the standard iPhone 15 models, it is expected to move Face ID below the iPhone display starting with next year’s iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max.
If Apple succeeds in moving the Face ID component under the iPhone 16 Pro display, it could be fine with a single punch hole for the selfie camera and nothing else. Future iPhones won’t need the pill-shaped punch hole, so there’s no point in living the island.
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