Apple is challenging its display partners, Samsung and LG, to develop technology enabling a genuinely bezel-less design for future iPhones without curved edges. But hurdles remain to realize the ambitious goal.
According to supply chain reports, Apple asked the vendors to create iPhone screens that remove all front bezels and the notch cutout. Several advancements will be required to make this possible.
Opposed to Curved Edge Approach
The report notes Apple opposes curved displays like those Samsung uses to minimize bezels on its Galaxy phones. Instead, Apple wants to shrink bezels with flat front glass.
This requires fragile circuitry and solutions for integrating the antenna and mitigating signal interference without a bezel.
Obstacles Include Encapsulation and Under-Panel Camera
Achieving the bezel-less dream demands thinner thin-film encapsulation around displays plus unobtrusive under-panel cameras indistinguishable from the screen.
Both technologies remain works in progress. Supply chain sources say more time is needed to meet mass production maturity and standards.
Already Thinner Bezels on iPhone 15 Pro
Apple is still significantly trimming bezels for this year’s iPhone 15 Pro, contributing to production challenges, especially for LG’s OLED displays.
But more radical innovation is needed for the true notch-less, bezel-less display Apple envisions as the ultimate future for iPhone. The technology still needs to exist in a commercially viable form.
Years-Long Effort With Incremental Progress
Realizing the bezel-less goal marks a long-term campaign. Apple will need to drive iterative enhancements with each iPhone generation to inch closer.
As with most Apple pursuits, the aim is to create technology considered impossible and then spend years honing it into a mass-producible consumer product.