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Under-Display Face ID debuts on iPad Pro

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Face ID has become one of the signature features of the Apple ecosystem. When it was originally introduced with the iPhone X, it also led to the (in)famous Notch, a less-than-ideal design solution tailored to the complex biometric sensors needed for smooth facial recognition.

Now that the iPhone’s notch will disappear with the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, Apple seems to be moving to a new cut-out design. Chances are, however, that it won’t stop there. Ultimately, Apple could try to produce an iPhone with a solid screen from corner to corner.

There are already ways to facilitate a selfie camera under the display. So much is possible, albeit with some compromise. However, Apple also needs to find a way to do the same with the Face ID biometric sensors. There are rumors that the Cupertino company has been working on that front for quite some time.

And while the extent to which progress has been made remains unclear, we now know that the first attempts to place a Face ID module under the display won’t come with a future iPhone. Ross Youngone of the leading experts in the display industry predicts that under-screen Face ID will be the first to come to the iPad.

Young shared this piece of information in the final episode of the MacRumors Show. He also gave a (separate) deadline for the approval of Face ID under the display. Young expects the feature to debut with an unspecified iPad Pro model between 2023 and 2025. If everything goes according to plan, Face ID below the screen may transition to iPhone.

According to Young, the first iPhone with a Face ID below the screen could be the iPhone 18 Pro in 2026. Hopefully, by then Apple has also refined the technology behind under-display selfie cameras. Maybe in 4 years we’ll finally get an iPhone with a solid screen from corner to corner.

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