Have you heard the rumors about the iPhone 17 Pro? According to display analyst Ross Young, who specializes in screen technologies, the iPhone 17 Pro will be the first iPhone model to feature Face ID technology under the display. This technology is already available from some smartphone manufacturers, such as ZTE and Oppo. As well as Samsung, which has integrated it into its Galaxy Z Fold 3.
However, you’ll have to wait until 2027 to see the truly “all-screen” appearance of the iPhone 17 Pro, as Apple plans to keep the Dynamic Island until then. The Dynamic Island is the area on the iPhone’s screen that houses the front camera and other sensors. In a roadmap shared by Ross Young on Twitter, he revealed that the under-screen Face ID technology will be accompanied by a circular cutout for the front camera until the iPhone “Pro” models of 2027, where the camera will also be placed under the screen.
iPhone 17 Pro will be the first iPhone to debut with Face ID integrated under the screen
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It’s worth noting that this prediction differs from Ross Young’s initial roadmap shared in May 2022. Where he predicted that the iPhone 16 Pro models of 2024 would be the first to benefit from Face ID technology under the screen. Last month, Young explained that the delay was due to “sensor issues”. This change means that the two screen cutouts that currently make up the Dynamic Island will apparently remain unchanged for three successive generations of iPhone ‘Pro.’
Ross Young also mentioned that the standard iPhone 17 models will adopt ProMotion, the higher refresh rate. A feature currently exclusive to Apple’s Pro devices.
Under-display camera technology has seen significant advancements in recent years, resulting in ever sleek display designs. However, this technology still has certain limitations. Depending on the ambient light, artifacts may be visible, impacting the visual quality of the screen. In addition, the performance of the front cameras hidden under the screen is often below expectations. With lower image quality compared to traditional cameras.