iPhone 14 tipped to get this big missing iPhone 13 feature

iPhone 14 renders by Front Page Tech and Ian Zelbo
(Image credit: Ian Zelbo | Front Page Tech)

Update: The latest rumors suggest Apple will be teaming up with Samsung to hide Face ID sensors under the display — but not until the iPhone 15 Pro

iPhone 14 is a hot topic right now, even though the iPhone 13 is still not quite with us. After a big recent leak, other experts are weighing in on the claims.

Ross Young, mobile display expert and CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, made a recent comment on Twitter that backs up claims that one of the iPhone 14's biggest changes will be under-display Face ID. However he also says it may not be for every model, and it isn't quite certain yet whether the feature will be ready at all.

The original claim of under-display Face ID comes from a massive leak by Jon Prosser of Front Page Tech for next year's iPhone. There are other interesting details such as a new flat back and titanium side rails featuring redesigned buttons, but the almost complete removal of the notch is the most obvious rumored change.

The problem is though that this radical shift isn't apparently locked in yet. As Young says in his tweet: "I would say under panel Face ID isn't final yet. Still being worked on."

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Happily Young says in a follow-up tweet that making Face ID work from under the screen is easier than making under-display cameras work. Since Face ID just needs to recognize your face, the quality loss from the screen being in the way shouldn't matter.

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Additionally, Young's current table of iPhone 14 features, based on DSCC's analysis, states that only the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models will feature this technology. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will not get the benefit of this, and will instead feature regular Face ID or a reintroduced Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

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The iPhone 14 is over a year away however, so despite the confidence of some of these claims, it's possible that Apple will change things around before the final 2022 iPhone is locked in.

In the meantime, we've got the iPhone 13 launch coming up, likely at the Apple event September 14. This iPhone lineup is also said to have an altered Face ID notch, with the top speaker moved to allow a smaller overall cutout in the display, giving you some extra room to watch video and play games on the same sized phone.

Richard Priday
Assistant Phones Editor

Richard is based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, tablets, gaming, and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.