The below-the-display camera technology is present in only a few phones. Due to the complexities associated with it, it has not been widely adopted, and thus has not yet become mainstream in smartphones. Nevertheless, Apple has reportedly started working on under-the-display cameras for its iPhones. This will pave the way for a full-screen bezel-less iPhone in the future.
The camera under the display can make the iPhone full-screen
Apple has moved away from the traditional notch display and has switched to the Dynamic Island design across its entire iPhone lineup this year. The next-generation SE model is also expected to feature the same pill-shaped notch.
Now, in a new report, Apple intends to completely abandon Dynamic Island in favor of under-the-display camera technology in future iPhones. According to The Elec, the company’s Korean supplier, LG Innotek, has begun advanced development of an under-panel camera (UPC) system. The main problem with UPC is the loss of light transmission compared to existing selfie cameras. Simply put, in-display cameras produce low-quality images because less light passes through the display area. To combat this, LG Innotek is working on a special lens system called “free-form optics.”
The Korean supplier’s solution will allow you to control the thickness of the peripheral lens, reducing distortion and increasing the light intensity factor around the optical module.
The report notes that we will have to wait a long time for the under-display camera technology to appear in the iPhone. It is expected that Apple will introduce Face ID technology under the panel in the iPhone 17 in 2025. The first full-screen iPhone with UPC may debut in 2027 with the iPhone 19.