Under-Display Face ID on iPhone Still at Least Two Years Away, Says Analyst

Apple is unlikely to move Face ID components under the iPhone's display until 2025 at the earliest, according to display industry consultant Ross Young, who has a very good track record with display-related information about future Apple products.

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Young had previously expected Apple to launch its first iPhone with under-display Face ID in 2024, but he now believes the timeframe has been pushed back to 2025 at the earliest due to "sensor issues," per a tweet he shared today. This means the so-called "iPhone 17 Pro" could be the first model with Face ID hidden under the display, but he still expects there to be a hole in the display for the front camera on the device.

Young's revised timeframe contradicts a report from Korean publication The Elec claiming that under-display Face ID would launch on the iPhone 16 Pro next year. Young is typically accurate, so the technology is more likely to be at least two years away.

In the meantime, it has been widely rumored that Apple will expand the Dynamic Island to all four iPhone 15 models, after introducing the feature on the iPhone 14 Pro models last year. If and when iPhones with under-display Face ID finally arrive, it is possible that the Dynamic Island will remain an optional software feature.

Young previously claimed that the iPhone could adopt an all-screen design with both Face ID and the front camera moved under the display in 2026 at the earliest.

Top Rated Comments

TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
15 months ago
Imagine if Apple introduced the world with "Under-Display Touch ID' ?
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HobeSoundDarryl Avatar
15 months ago

Touch ID literally fails me daily. I am constantly deleting and adding fingerprints on both of my Touch ID devices. The new fingerprint works for a day or two and then I have to do it all over again. I have no love whatsoever for Touch ID. I think it’s hot garbage. Face ID never fails me. Ever. I have no clue why anyone would want Touch ID, under the screen or not.
Opposite for me. Touch ID on iPad mini 6 (on/off button) works flawlessly for me every time. Set it up ONCE over a year ago and never disappoints.

I can't grasp why it is so important to get this feature under the screen when the button-based version works so very well. Why not just put the same, proven button on the iPhone rim? Perhaps the race to "thinner" is ramping up at Apple again and that thin iPad touchid button is too thick for upcoming generations of iPhone? Else, if iPhone is about as thin as it is going to go, the iPad touchid button would easily fit.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ThomasJL Avatar
15 months ago
How unrealistic are people to expect an under-display front-facing camera? On normal cameras without anything obscuring them, even slight dust and fingerprints can cause poor images. A screen on top of a camera will obscure the lens much more than dust and fingerprints.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sniffies Avatar
15 months ago
Let's just hope it doesn't have the success story of AirPower.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MayaUser Avatar
15 months ago
same rumour for 5 years now....
this is dead in the water and contradicts the under the display faceID for 2025-2026 rumours
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JamesHolden Avatar
15 months ago

Imagine if Apple introduced the world with "Under-Display Touch ID' ?
Touch ID literally fails me daily. I am constantly deleting and adding fingerprints on both of my Touch ID devices. The new fingerprint works for a day or two and then I have to do it all over again. I have no love whatsoever for Touch ID. I think it’s hot garbage. Face ID never fails me. Ever. I have no clue why anyone would want Touch ID, under the screen or not.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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