AMS which provides optical sensors for face recognition to Apple for iPhone’s FaceID announced a new Behind OLED light and infrared proximity sensor. This new sensor can pave the way for the complete bezel-less displays, reported by Reuters.
AMS’s new light and the infrared proximity sensor is called Behind OLED because it is capable to reside behind the smartphone’s display. At this point, other details are unclear.
The company explained about Behind OLED sensor in a statement that it will allow mobile manufacturers to increase display to body ratio even more. This means that the FaceID sensor which currently resides in iPhone’s notch will sit behind the display.
By developing this ‘behind OLED’ ambient light/proximity sensor, AMS enables smartphone manufacturers to achieve the highest possible ratio of the display area to body size,” AMS said in a statement on the launch of the new device, referring to the OLED display technology used in devices like the latest iPhones. “The TCS3701 enables phone designers to take this trend to a new level, potentially eliminating the bezel entirely.
Although this is a great step towards the right direction, but this wouldn’t necessarily mean that it’ll remove the notch. Because the Face ID consists of many other components along with a sensor e.g. An infrared camera, an ambient light sensor, flood illuminator, and a dot projector. Moreover, the notch is also important to place the front camera, ear speaker and a microphone. If Apple decides to remove the notch then both of these would have to be relocated.
It is estimated that Apple accounts for 45% of AMS sales, but AMS doesn’t directly list Apple as a customer. Apple uses this company’s facial recognition components to implement Face ID feature in iPad and iPhone
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