According to a report, Apple is working on equipping its iPhone models with an Under Display Camera (UDC), which may launch in upcoming models in the next few years. South Korean tech conglomerate LG is reportedly working on an under panel camera (UPC) that hides the cutout for the component on the smartphone display, allowing for an uninterrupted viewing experience while playing games or watching videos. Apple is expected to replace the dynamic island display cutout for the camera and Face ID with sensors located below the display in the future.
Election reports (in Korean) that LG Group’s electronic component manufacturing company LG Innotek is in “advanced development” of a UDC system that is expected to solve one of the biggest challenges facing the technology – insufficient light transmission. Unlike existing selfie cameras, underdisplay cameras allow less light to pass through the display area, which means less information is received by the camera lens and sensor, resulting in lower quality images.
According to the report, LG Innotek’s ‘Freeform Optic’ lens technology is expected to overcome the challenges posed by under-display cameras. The company has applied for a patent from 2021 that refers to this freeform optic technology, and deals with (translated from Korean) “Optical system, camera module and mobile terminal”.
According to the report, by using the freeform lens, the company’s patent states that it can reduce distortions such as reduced quality or image blur in peripheral areas by adjusting the thickness of the surrounding lens.
Elec reports that Apple is not expected to equip its smartphones with UDC modules until 2026. Before equipping the iPhone with an under-screen camera, Apple is reportedly considering adding an under-display sensor for Face ID authentication.
While the inclusion of these sensors below the screen hints at the arrival of future iPhone models with “all screen” displays, it’s worth noting that Apple wouldn’t be the first company to equip its phones with an under-display camera. Chinese smartphones like the ZTE Axon 30 5G and Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 – both released in 2021 – as well as Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Fold 5 are also equipped with low-resolution selfie cameras located below the display.
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