The first full-screen smartphones will be introduced with the holes in the display ‘, in place of the notch in the top of the screen (notch). Recently it was announced that Samsung intends to equip its 2019 flagship, the Galaxy S10, with a camera under the display. According to a LetsGoDigital news, a patent against a Samsung smartphone shows with a camera and various sensors under the display.
It did not stop there, also from Oppo, LG and Huawei a patent was published this month for a smartphone with in-display camera. Obviously, that raises the question; What are Apple’s plans?
Apple likes to choose its own way. The American manufacturer belonged to one of the first to introduce a notch smartphone, the iPhone X. Possibly the company from Cupertino will soon also be among the first to introduce a full-screen smartphone with a selfie camera under the screen.
Apple patented iPhone with a hole in the display for the camera
On November 8, 2018, the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) published a patent from Apple Inc. for a ‘camera integrated window’. The patent was applied for in June this year and is very technical and detailed.
A smartphone is described with a hole in the display for the camera lens. The camera hole is placed in the top right of the device. There is no talking about sensors under the display. The patent only deals with the entire assembly process.
The cover glass will be made of a different material, which is stronger and transparent. For example, aluminum silicate glass, such as Corning’s DVTS. This would, therefore, be a replacement for the Gorilla Glass that has been used by Apple since the original 2007 iPhone.
Apple and Corning have a relationship that goes back many years, also in the area of AR, they have found a partner in each other. This year, Apple invested $ 200,000 million in Corning, for Research & Development and equipment purchases. It is therefore likely that new innovation from Corning will be the first to be admired in an Apple iPhone, after which other smartphone manufacturers will also switch.
The patent refers to several older specimens, the first patent related to this subject dates from January 2012. Such innovations do not come from day to day.
Apple iPhone 2019 models
The patent has been drawn up in such a technical way that it seems that Apple is ready to produce an iPhone in the near future with a selfie camera under the display. Logically, it will be the iPhone 2019 models that are expected around September. By that time we also expect to find an iPhone with three cameras on the back.