Wait for a Smaller Notch
If you buy a flagship iPhone right now, it will have a notch.
Apple's infamous notch houses important sensors, but it has also drawn the ire of many smartphone users due to its intrusiveness.
Fortunately, Apple is reportedly looking to slim down, and/or eliminate, the notch on future iPhone models.
Apple is reportedly exploring ways to combine Face ID and the front-facing camera a move that could reduce the size of the notch.
Last year Apple supplier AMS 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."
An analyst from Credit Suisse in Asia believes Apple will release an iPhone without a notch or Face ID in 2021 with the phones relying on a full screen fingerprint sensor.
Economic Daily News claims Apple is meeting with, or has met with, a Taiwanese touchscreen manufacturer to discuss the development of an iPhone with an under-the-screen fingerprint reader.
The publication states that Apple plans to use Qualcomm's ultrasonic fingerprint sensor inside an iPhone in 2021. Initially it had said 2020 or 2021.
A report from Mac Otakara suggests the iPhone 13 will have a narrower TrueDepth camera which means we could see a thinner notch.
According to leaker Ice Universe, Apple "is working hard to overcome the under-screen camera" which means we could see the notch vanish in 2021.
In a more recent tweet, Ice Universe claims that the iPhone 13 will still have a notch, but that it will be shorter than the one found on previous models.
Ming-Chi Kuo believes the iPhone 13 series will have a smaller notch.
Hit-or-miss Digitimes also believes the iPhone 13 series will have a smaller notch. The publication says the company's "new design integrates Rx, Tx and flood illuminator into the same camera module" which will help it shrink the notch.
LeaksApplePro says the iPhone 13 series will have "Touch ID in half the screen (from the middle to bottom so you can press where you want)."
Of course, we've also heard from other sources who state that the current iPhone 13 prototypes don't have "underscreen Touch ID" as of right now.
Things are still in flux, but if you want a smaller or non-existent notch, you'll want to wait.
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