Apple’s suppliers in Korea are currently working on developing smartphone under-display cameras (UDC) for the upcoming iPhones, aiming to create a truly “all-screen” appearance. LG Innotek, one of Apple’s suppliers, has entered the preliminary stages of UDC development, which involves placing the camera under the display without creating a visible hole in the panel when not in use.
However, using UDC technology poses some challenges. Since the camera is located under the display, it receives less light compared to a typical front camera module. To address this issue, LG Innotek is working on a special “freeform optic” multiple lens system that aims to reduce optical aberrations and enhance image quality.
Another company affiliated with LG Innotek, LG Display, has also joined the UDC development project. Their goal is to increase the UDC’s light transmittance to meet Apple’s expectations by 2023 and 2024.
Although Apple has received a UDC sample, it was reportedly rated as unsatisfactory. However, the company is expected to incorporate under-panel Face ID technology in the 2025 iPhone 17 Pro model before introducing UDC in the “Pro” iPhone models by 2027, according to analyst Ross Young.
The introduction of UDC technology in future iPhone models will bring the highly anticipated “all-screen” appearance, eliminating the need for notches or punch-hole cameras. This advancement will likely enhance the user experience and further solidify Apple’s position as a leader in smartphone innovation.
With LG Innotek and LG Display actively working on UDC development, Apple enthusiasts can look forward to the integration of this technology in upcoming iPhone models, delivering improved image quality without compromising the overall aesthetic appeal of the device.