Wait for a Much Smaller or Non-Existent Notch
If you buy a flagship iPhone in 2020, it'll have a notch.
Apple's now 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.
Leaker Ben Geskin claims Apple is currently testing different Face ID prototypes that could allow the company to use a smaller notch on the 2020 iPhone models.
Geskin's released concept images of a rumored 2020 iPhone prototype with a 6.7-inch display and a Face ID and TrueDepth camera system housed in the top bezel.
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, at least one 2020 iPhone will come with a smaller front camera lens that could lead to a slimmer notch.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman says Apple is indeed aiming to reduce the size of the notch on the iPhone 12 series.
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 that Apple will release an iPhone without a notch or Face ID in 2020. That's unlikely, but the same analyst believes Apple will completely eliminate the notch by 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 2020 or 2021 with 2021 now looking more likely.
Earlier this year Japanese blog Mac Otakara today shared a supposed 3D printed mockup of a 5.5-inch iPhone with a notch-free design and USB-C port.
These mockups are likely based on devices currently in development so there's no guarantee this design sees the light of day.
According to leaker Ice Universe, Apple "is working hard to overcome the under-screen camera" which means we could see the notch disappear next year.
There's a chance we see a toned down notch on iPhone 12 series, but odds are good you'll have to wait until 2021, or later, for a notch-less iPhone.
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