Apple completely changed the design of its mobile phones in 2017, just ten years after the premiere of its first iPhone, and it did introducing a stranger notch that broke the general aesthetic of what we saw in the market. His influence reached so much that many brands followed that form factor making your own eyebrows that, luckily, have been losing strength thanks to the cameras to selfies smaller and smaller or the sensors under display.
The fact is that in 2021 it will be four years, which are the ones that Apple usually invests in making important changes in the most iconic elements of its terminals and, therefore, some media have echoed certain leaks that point to a complete removal of notch, which will die thanks to the evolution of Face ID components that can be installed in much more hidden places.
The solution, under the screen
The patent that Apple has registered has the name of “Photodetectors Integrated into Thin-Film Transistor Backplanes“and it deals precisely with a method by which they point out how it is possible to place a screen on top of the elements that make both Face ID work like the Touch IDs of Californians. Something that, at least in the case of fingerprints, is common practice in smartphones with Android, which have been eliminating physical buttons for some years in favor of pressing on the screen itself.
Within the patent it can be read that the new system will feature “integrated photodetectors” on the screen that may be used “to obtain biometric information, such as fingerprints […] 3D facial scans or retinal scans “in such a way that such” biometric information can be used to identify or authenticate the user. “
In any case, the fact that this patent has been registered and finally remains the property of Apple does not guarantee that this year we will have the first devices capable of installing all their sensors under the screen. What would facilitate Tim Cook’s is a greater variety of models with different ways of unlocking biometric, without having to change the exterior design. Remember that right now, for example, iPhones with Touch ID continue to maintain that traditional Home button and with this patent, it would no longer be necessary, so they would be much closer to the more expensive devices, from which they could also differ in price.