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iPhone could feature under display Face ID and camera by 2026

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iPhone 14 render (Image credit: Jon Prosser x RendersByIan)

What you need to know

  • Display analyst Ross Young has a proposed roadmap for the iPhone.
  • The roadmap stretches out over the course of four years.
  • It eventually leads to the Face ID and front-facing camera moving under the display in 2026.

It looks like we could have an all-display iPhone in the next four years.

That's according to display chain analyst Ross Young, anyway. Young took to Twitter earlier today with a prediction for the iPhone roadmap over the next four years. According to Young, the pill and hole design that we are all expecting to be featured in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will only be around for two generations.

The analyst believes that design will change in 2024 to a completely under-display Face ID system with only a hole punch for the front-facing camera remaining. Young says that Apple will then be able to even take that completely under the display by 2026.

Per the proposed roadmap, all of these display upgrades will apply first to the Pro models before heading to the regular iPhone models the following year.

Based on the technical challenges remaining for under panel cameras to meet discerning brands quality requirements as well as panel manufacturers' cost requirements, I still believe this roadmap makes sense for the iPhone.

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Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 14 lineup at an event in September. In addition to the new notch (or lack thereof) design for the Pro models, the company is also rumored to be ditching the iPhone mini in favor of a new iPhone 14 Max model.

If you're not wanting to wait around for the iPhone 14 Pro, check out our comparison between the iPhone 13 Pro colors: Which should you buy?.

Joe Wituschek
Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.