Under-screen Face ID will appear in 2016 iPhone 18 Pro

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Under-screen Face ID always seems to be a year away, and the latest rumor now pins it to the 2026 iPhone 18 Pro and iPhone 18 Pro Max models.

Writing on X/Twitter in April, Display Supply Consultants’ Ross Young’s original roadmap claimed that an under-screen Face ID iPhone 17 Pro and iPhone 17 Pro Max would replace the existing camera notch with only pinhole front-facing cameras.

If his revised prediction is correct, the 2026 iPhone 18 Pro and iPhone 18 Pro Max will now be the first to replace the notch and use under-screen Face ID. Non-Pro models of the iPhone may not gain an under-screen Face ID feature until the iPhone 19, arriving in late 2027.

Young also predicted technical changes to the iPhone 17 range, including a move from low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) to low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) across all models in 2025. Since the iPhone 14 Pro, the LTPO display is what allows the Pro models to have an always-on display while preserving battery life.

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