Steve Hotelling, a key figure in developing technologies like Face ID, is leaving Apple at a time when the company needs him most.
According to Bloomberg, Hotelling was closely involved in key parts of the iPhone such as Face ID and Touch ID. He also worked on health sensors for the Apple Watch and collaborated on the development of Vision Pro. All this experience allowed him to be behind dozens of patents that Apple was granted.
A source confirmed that Hotelling is “the person who brings the most product innovation” to Apple, and revealed that he is one of the heavyweights in the company’s engineering team. Now, Hotelling’s departure from Apple will cause that burden to be shared with others, especially when the full-screen iPhone is the goal that Apple is aiming for.
To create a truly all-screen iPhone, the company cannot simply hide all the existing sensors on Dynamic Island as Apple needs to ensure the FaceTime camera, and sensors under the screen work with Reliability and quality are present even under the pixels of the display panel.
It is certainly one of Hotelling’s jobs at Apple to be able to meet the expectations of Jony Ive – a former chief engineer at Apple. Sources from The Elec recently said that a full-screen iPhone may appear in 2027 and LG Innotek could be the supplier of a panel that can hide the camera when not in use.
Regarding the under-display camera, it will need to offer the ability to capture more light than usual to compensate for the fact that it is hidden under the display, which prevents light from passing through and reduces the final quality. of the captured image.