Apple officially launches the new iPhone 13 series in September this year. Unfortunately, this series will not eliminate the notch design, it will only reduce the size. However, it optimizes the internal stacking and upgrades other areas. According to reports, Apple has been stuck with the notch design for many years because it does not have a suitable, effective and secure unlocking method that can replace Face ID. At present, the 3D-structured light of Face ID is still one of the safest unlocking methods. However, there is now speculation that the iPhone 14 may come up with a better solution.
The reports claim that Apple has a new patent that makes it possible to place a sensor under the screen. The patent points out that the iPhone can receive light transmitted through the screen directionally by placing the optical image diagram below the screen. This optical image array can be used on all image sensors, such as ambient light, textured light, fingerprints, and face recognition sensors.
This patent means that part of the screen may have an “image hole defined by an opaque backplane”, which Apple calls an “aperture”. In order to use Touch ID and Face ID normally, the pixel density of this “aperture area” on the screen is lower than the rest. Another possibility is that when Touch ID and Face ID are active, the pixels in this “aperture area” will be lower. However, when not in use, the pixel density will be the same as in other areas.
Will the MacBook use this technology as an iPhone 14?
In other words, the iPhone equipped with this technology is expected to use a fingerprint sensor below the screen. Furthermore, it will also use a Face ID sensor under the screen and even an iris recognition under the screen. This technology will also enable the iPhone to completely eliminate the notch design. In this 14,000-word patent report, Apple also mentions that this patent can also work on the MacBook.
The iPhone 13 series is currently in mass production. The company already has the final design, but it will not use this upcoming technology. Nevertheless, there are reports that the iPhone 14 can use these technologies. We still have over a year before the iPhone 14 series officially arrives. This is enough time for Apple to incorporate this new technology into this smartphone. Therefore, the iPhone 14 will hopefully also be the first Apple mobile phone in history to support fingerprints below the screen and Face ID below the screen.