Apple granted patent for under-display Face ID, possibly for iPhone 16 Pro

A day after it was reported that Apple would get rid of Dynamic Island in favor of under-display Face ID in 2024, we now know that Apple was granted a patent for this technology.

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Apple could be working on under-display Face ID

In response to criticism of the iconic notch it introduced with the iPhone X, Apple devised the Dynamic Island concept for the iPhone 14 Pro. Nonetheless, the current goal is to make display elements less troublesome in the future.

In 2022, TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo shared his prediction that under-display Face ID may not arrive on iPhones until 2024 with the iPhone 16 lineup. As for why the functionality will arrive by 2024, Kuo said that “this time schedule is less of a technical issue and more of a marketing purpose.”

Apple was recently granted patent US 11592864 B2. by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (via Patently Apple) that is related to the technology it may use for under-display Face ID.

Under-display Face ID

According to Apple, different applications of this invention involve an apparatus with a display that has a front surface and a rear surface. The display has a number of apertures that transmit light from the front surface to the back surface as well as a number of pixel areas that emit light from the front surface to display an image. On one side of the display’s rear surface, the equipment has a camera. A captured image will be taken by the camera. The device has a processor connected to the camera, display, and apparatus.

“A method comprising: receiving, from a camera disposed on a side of a back surface of a display that emits light from a front surface of the display, a captured image, wherein the captured image corresponds to light that has passed through the display and restoration optics configured to reduce image distortion caused by the display; and applying a digital filter to at least a portion of the captured image to further reduce image distortion caused by the display.”

As with other patents filed by Apple, it is important to note that the Cupertino tech giant files many applications for new technology on a weekly basis, so we do not know for sure if this specific technology will be implemented in a future iPhone for under-display Face ID.

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