Don't Wait for a Smaller Notch
There's no escaping the notch right now.
Apple's new iPhones employ a notch that's similar to the notch found on the iPhone X. The notch houses important sensors, but it's drawn the ire of many smartphone users due to its intrusiveness.
If you aren't a huge fan of the notch you'll want to consider waiting for this year year's models or the 2020 iPhone.
According to reports, there's a chance the 2019 iPhones come with true edge-to-edge displays. In other words, no notches on the display.
The reports claim the devices will still keep Face ID, but it's unclear how Apple would accomplish this without the notch.
Even if Apple does decide to keep the notch around on this year's iPhone models, it could be much smaller on the next batch of iPhones.
Apple is reportedly exploring ways to combine Face ID and the front-facing camera which could reduce the size of the notch.
Apple supplier AMS has also announced new sensor technology that could help the company deliver a smaller notch on upcoming iPhones.
“Smartphone OEMs today are striving to maximize their products’ screen-to-body ratio, reducing the bezel area as much as possible on the display’s face,” said David Moon, Senior Marketing Manager at ams. “The TCS3701 enables phone designers to take this trend to a new level, potentially eliminating the bezel entirely."
Unfortunately, a report from Ming-Chi Kuo contradicts these rumors. Kuo believes the 2019 iPhones will keep the same notch area as the 2018 iPhones.
Kuo is typically very reliable so there's a good chance you'll have to wait until 2020 for Apple to shrink the size of the iPhone's notch.