When will we see a new iPhone with a completely unobstructed view? 2024, according to forecasts from renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. At the time, says Kuo, Apple could be excited to move both its front-facing camera and Face recognition under its top-notch screen, making the iPhone 16 Pro the first candidate for this update.
Kuo said in this prediction a labo tweets, referring to comments he made last month that Apple is unlikely to release new iPhones with fingerprints in the next two years. (Who predicted this could happen by 2023 first.) Why? Well, the design of Kuo is that the need to restore Touch ID has largely been in response to the increase in mask wear. But, since Apple made Face Recognition work better on face masks earlier this year, complaints about its use have largely disappeared.
I think the full-fledged full-fledged iPhone will arrive in 2024. The high-end iPhones of 2024 will take a front-facing camera along with face-down recognition. Low light conditions affect the quality of the front camera, and ISP & algorithm are important for quality improvement. https://t.co/vWjeZYZUPK
– 郭明 錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) April 20, 2022
This makes sense, I think. My experience using Face Recognition in a mask was positive. Not amazing, but it’s great, which means I can live without it without Touch ID. The most interesting question, however, is how Apple will be making a low-resolution rear camera. (Not just a perforated camera, as predicted for the iPhone 14 this year.)
As my friend Sam Byford mentioned in a review of invisible cameras in November 2021, the technology is improving but it has a way to go until it matches the quality of the unobtrusive glasses.
“The pictures you get are definitely usable most of the time. If you are not an adult selfie, or if you do not use your phone for Zoom calls, I think you can opt out,” wrote Byford of the invisible cameras. for ZTE and Xiaomi. “Video quality is also poor, because it is very likely that these phones will be asked to perform real-time streaming.”
Kuo himself suggests that the solution would be to improve ISP (Processor Signal Image) and imaging algorithms. Apparently for many years now, the picture quality of the phone has relied on digital technology, and Apple continues to improve its cameras year after year.
Kuo also predicted that this year’s iPhone 14 will have an updated front-facing camera with autofocus capabilities and a wider lens. It is unclear, what Apple will do with the devices required for Face recognition in this model. Some have suggested that it will be downloaded to a similar tablet before Apple is ready to move to the bottom of the screen.