Reputed display industry consultant Ross Young has today claimed in a tweet that a pill-and-hole design will replace the current display notch across the entire ‘iPhone 15’ lineup slated for release in 2023, MacRumors is reporting.
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. pic.twitter.com/3ck5X3sVcL
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss)
Young noted that both standard and Pro models of the iPhone 15 will feature the pill-and-hole layout, where the Face ID sensors will occupy the pill-shaped cutout, while the hole will accommodate the front camera.
Regarding this year’s iPhone 14 lineup, however, reports have claimed that only the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will adopt the pill-and-hole design, whereas the standard iPhone 14 models will continue to sport a notch similar to the iPhone 13.
Young believes that Apple’s end goal is to move Face ID sensors and the front camera completely under the display. If development is successful, he expects this transition to begin with under-screen Face ID on iPhone 16 Pro models in 2024, followed by under-screen Face ID and an under-screen front camera on iPhone 18 Pro models in 2026.
The analyst also said that the pill-and-hole design will result in iPhone 14 Pro models having a slightly larger display compared to the iPhone 13 counterparts.