If you’re an iPhone owner who is tired of being able to see the camera on the front of your phone, there may be changes afoot that could sort that out for once and for all.

According to a new report by an analyst at Chinese investment firm GF Securities, iPhone lens maker Largan Precision is working on a new black coating, designed for use on front-facing camera lenses.

The research note, penned by analyst Jeff Pu and picked up by Economic Daily News amongst others, says that there are two smartphone makers that could use the new technology as soon as 2020. Given the existing relationship with Apple, it’s a good bet that it is one of those two companies.

While the front-facing camera on an iPhone already blends in with the black background of the display fairly well, there’s no doubting that we wouldn’t all prefer if we could no longer see those little reflective glass spots that adorn the front of all smartphones. If the lenses were indeed coated in some sort of pure black coating, it would presumably make those lenses almost impossible to see.

It’s no secret that Apple has long been trying to make an iPhone that looks like a sheet of black glass and the arrival of an OLED display has gone some way to make that possible.

Being able to further hide the camera on the front of an iPhone would help Apple to get closer to realizing that, although we don’t think this is likely to be high on the list of requests amongst iPhone owners right now.

(Source: Economic Daily News [Google Translate])

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