has such a patent, and Samsung already presented this type of screen as an O-type in its new Infinity line of displays. The Infinity O is even rumored to end up in the Galaxy S10, Apple may be prepping something in the same vein, or simply doesn't want to be left behind patentwise in case it decides to drill holes in its displays instead of using top bezel protrusions to house the Face ID kit.Huawei
The fresh Apple patent's PDF has been unearthed by LetsGoDigital. It has been approved by the USPTO on November 8, but filed back in June, goes to great lengths to explain how it will all be done. While the patent mainly deals with the mechanics of drilling the cover glass in order to incorporate the front-facing camera's lens, it also mentions "or displays" in conjunction, inferring to cell phones while doing it.
Thus, while under-display selfie snappers may be too big of a challenge for now, simply drilling a tiny hole or two in the screen package shouldn't be an insurmountable problem for companies of the Samsung or Apple rank, and we may see such flagships become mainstream as soon as 2019. If Apple indeed ditches the notch for this solution then, the irony won't be lost on all that copied this lazy design for no good reason, we hope.