It was recently suggested that Apple could launch an iPhone with an in-display front-facing camera this year. However, if the tweets of analyst Ross Young are accurate, that may no longer be happening. Instead, it seems that it will most likely come either in 2023 for the iPhone 15 or 2024 for the iPhone 16.
This actually comes on the heels of Young’s earlier tweet where he claimed that the iPhone 14 will instead use a hole and pill cutout that will house the front-facing camera and the TrueDepth system that is used by Apple’s Face ID facial recognition security system.
Not this year. Now more like 2023 or 2024 for under panel IR.
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) January 12, 2022
This is a bit disappointing as we’re sure that many are looking forward to an iPhone that has no notches or cutouts, but based on the mockups we’ve seen, it actually doesn’t look too bad. Apple had reduced the size of the notch in the iPhone 13, but even though it is smaller, it is still pretty obvious.
To be fair to Apple, many Android makers have yet to introduce an in-display camera system. Some have tried, but presumably the reason it hasn’t quite caught on fully is because trying to get the front-facing camera to offer up the same quality as a regular cutout or notch while being hidden under the display is proving to be more challenging than previously thought.