Apple has a problem with iPhone displays. Problem? Isn’t the iPhone X’s display the best ever in a smartphone? Yes. The problem is Samsung makes the display, not Apple. That means Apple loses a degree of control.
That’s the case with many iPhone components. Apple designs the A11 Bionic CPU, but does not manufacture it. Apple buys storage, camera, and other components from vendors who may make a version according to Apple’s specifications, but Apple doesn’t make much these days, including iPhone X’s display.
Bye, Touch ID
Remember when Touch ID was all the rage? It’s not likely to make its way back to the newest, latest, and greatest iPhones of the future because Apple is all about minimizing the display bezel. For iPhone X, Chin is gone already. The Forehead has been relegated to a space saving Notch. Touch ID? That’s gone, too.
The Vivo APEX FullView smartphone has a Touch ID-like fingerprint sensor built into the display. Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 models have a fingerprint sensor on the back of the case, just below the camera. Clearly, Apple’s Face ID works better than any facial recognition system on any smartphone which is why we see so many fingerprint scanners on premium smartphones.
This seems to be the direction smartphones are headed. Micro bezels, then no bezel.
The Vivo APEX FullView display has a tiny Forehead (1.8mm) which is so small there is no room for a camera. The Chin is so tiny there is no room for a fingerprint scanner. That means the scanner is inside the display itself.
Where’s the camera?
APEX has a pop up camera. It’s called the 8MP Elevating Front Camera which elevates from the top of the smartphone. And that’s not the only weird new function. There’s no speaker in the Forehead so the Vivo APEX uses what is called an exciter below the display which makes it the speaker for your ear while you’re talking (but there remains a speaker on the bottom for music and videos).
Is this the future of iPhone displays? Yes. No.
Yes, future iPhone displays will have ever smaller bezels and more screen. It’s likely the Notch will get smaller, too. And, future technology may allow the selfie camera, Face ID sensors, microphone, and other Notch goodies to function through the display the way Vivo’s APEX FullView works with the fingerprint scanner.
Just don’t expect a return of the Face ID fingerprint scanner for future premium iPhone models. That ship has sailed. As to the Vivo, don’t look for it on Amazon or the nearest T-Mobile store. It’s a concept based upon a previous Vivo model made in India.