Apple relied on the pill-shaped cutout for the Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro. But the long-term goal is obvious – the transition to an “all-screen” iPhone without any cutouts, which consists entirely of display on the front. According to the latest report from Korean news agency TheElec, that day is not that close yet. It says that the first iPhone with an under-display camera (UDC) is unlikely to come onto the market until after 2026. And thus in the Apple iPhone 19 in 2027.
According to the article, supplier LG Innotek is currently in “advanced development” of its under-display cameras, which will feature the company’s proprietary free-form optical lens system. The new development ensures optimal light transmission and thus better image quality, which is currently one of the bottlenecks with UD cameras. Apple has reportedly rated all previous UDC samples from its suppliers as unsatisfactory.
Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), expects Apple to switch to a UD Face ID sensor on its Pro series iPhones by 2025. He sees the first all-screen iPhone, which will have both an under-display selfie camera and UD Face ID, a little later. Also in the Apple iPhone 19 series in 2027.