Although Apple is often always late to the party, it always does it the “Apple Way” every time it does.
‘s no news that the new-gen iPhone 14 series now sports an always-on feature, something which many Android devices had for nearly a decade.
It took the company almost five years to forgo the notch on its iPhone, something that only took Android smartphones about a year to switch to a hole-punch cut-out.
It’s quite understandable that the reason for the adamant retention of the giant notch on the iPhone from the series X up until the base iPhone 14 models is because of the presence of the FaceID sensor even though the tech giant found a better way to incorporate a pill-shaped camera and FaceID sensor cut-out on the high-end iPhone 14 models.
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In fact, a recent report has it that the company might just let go of the hole-punch altogether when it releases its next-gen iPhone 15 series. That is all the iPhone 15 series will have the pill-shaped camera cut-out.
The pill-shaped cut-out was featured in older Android devices such as the Galaxy S10 Pus back in 2019 or the Huawei P40 Pro in 2020.
So it took Apple nearly two years to adopt this. Now you get the point I’m making regarding the company being a latecomer when it comes to physical changes on its devices but always finding a way to do it the “Apple Way”.
The pill-shaped cut-out on the iPhone 14 pro, for example, is pixelated s it can also be used for notification, hence, the “Dynamic Island” which was the fancy feature that got many people hyped up last year but died down after about a month.
A recent rumor o report is that Apple might well be redesigning the iPhone 15 by putting the FaceID sensors right behind the screen.
If you don’t get that well enough, Apple is basically doing what Samsung did with the under-display selfie camera on the Galaxy Z Fold 4. But this time, it’s the FaceID sensor that has been the elephant in the room that has led to the adamant retention of the notch and the big pill-shaped cut-out on the new iPhone 14 series.
The claim was made by The Elec which reported that an under-display FaceID would be coming to the iPhone 16 Pro as soon as 2024.
Then another post was made by Ross Young who said the change might take a little bit longer and could be implemented on the iPhone 17 Po instead because of a “sensor issue” which is the cause of the potential delay.
If you are wondering what this is all about, the point is that removing the sensor will free up more space on the display of the device. I mean take a look at the Galaxy S23 Ultra for example, don’t you like the big real estate rather than having some intrusive obstruction right at the top of the screen, there is just a tiny hole-punch camera cut-out to house the selfie camera.
While Dynamic Island in itself was a great implementation, it isn’t functioning exactly like a notification tray like Android. But Dynamic Island will probably stay for a while even though the physical need for it might be reduced via the reimplementation of the FaceID sensor underneath the screen.
I don’t think Apple will ever implement the TouchID on its premium devices any longer unless of course if it’s planning another iPhone SE next year.
Young has previously said that Apple is working on an all-screen iPhone with both the Face ID sensor and the front-facing camera moved behind the display; his launch estimate for that was 2026 or possibly later. Whatever Apple ends up doing, we’re not going to see it very soon.
Also, the company has been given the ultimatum to switch from its lightning port to USB-C by the EU. What we don’t know yet is how soon this will be implemented on future iPhones and whether it will be location-based at first or whether the USB-C implementation will be global.