Patent confirms under-display FaceID will change the way the Dynamic Island looks

Patent confirms under-display FaceID will change the way the Dynamic Island looks
This year, we saw the biggest gap between iPhones of the same generation. Inferior screens, year-old processors and a notch made the vanilla iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus pale in comparison to their high-end iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max counterparts.

Arguably the biggest new feature (and selling point) of the new ultra-premium iPhone models comes in the form of the Dynamic Island. The new cutout not only changes the 5-year-old notched design first introduced with the iPhone X, but also paves the way for a new way of multi-tasking, something the iPhone has historically struggled with.

However, it seems that the new design might be going away very soon. A patent, first spotted by Patently Apple in an article that was subsequently covered by MacRumors, gives insight into how Apple will be handling the Dynamic Island in the near future.

According to the patent, the Cupertino company is working on a way of implementing under-display Face ID, though a technology that could enable selective activation and deactivation of individual pixels. In essence, the portion of the display immediately above the FaceID sensors will be opaque under normal circumstances and partially transparent when input of biometric information is necessary.

It should be noted that the FaceID sensors make up only a portion of the Dynamic Island. The camera cutout is here to stay for the time being. This means that as soon as 2024, the iPhone 16 could feature a smaller version of the current Dynamic Island, just as the iPhone 13 Pro introduced a smaller notch.

It goes without saying that Apple’s ultimate goal is an iPhone with a seamless edge-to-edge display. We are not entirely certain how long it will take for such a device to materialize. Even now some manufacturers are experimenting with under-display selfie cameras, with various degrees of success. But you know what they say - Apple embodies execution, not innovation.

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