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Apple Rumored to Launch Notch-Less iPhone in 2020


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Apr 12, 2001

Apple may be gearing up to slim down and then completely remove the notch from iPhones over the next two years.

First, reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is out with a new research note today via Chinese website MyDrivers in which he claims that at least one new iPhone in 2020 will be equipped with a smaller front camera lens for an improved screen-to-bezel ratio, suggesting the notch will be slimmer.

Second, the China Times cites an analyst at investment firm Credit Suisse in Asia who believes Apple plans to release one new iPhone model without a notch or Face ID in 2020. The analyst claims the iPhone will instead feature an under-screen front camera and full-screen acoustic fingerprint authentication, which sounds like a version of Touch ID that would work anywhere on the iPhone's display.

The analyst believes all three new iPhones will be notch-less in 2021, completing the transition to under-screen front cameras and full-screen fingerprint authentication. The report claims Apple is likely to develop its own under-screen fingerprinting technology rather than rely on a third-party provider.

Together, these rumors paint the following timeline:2019: Three new iPhones with Face ID and no changes to notch
2020: Two new iPhones with Face ID and slimmer notches, one new notch-less iPhone with full-screen fingerprint authentication
2021: Three new notch-less iPhones with full-screen fingerprint authentication
Just last week, a report claimed that Apple plans to launch a new iPhone with under-screen fingerprint technology, but the report suggested the device will be limited to the budget-conscious Chinese market, with the under-screen fingerprint technology thought to cost less than Face ID sensors.

Likewise, following meetings with suppliers in Apple's Asian supply chain in May, Barclays analysts claimed that 2020 iPhone models will have acoustic fingerprint technology that could allow for full-screen Touch ID.

The notch has been a controversial design decision since it debuted on the iPhone X in 2017, and it has always felt like a stopgap on the way to an iPhone with a truly edge-to-edge display, so these rumors certainly have some plausibility. However, these reports should still be viewed with some skepticism until they are corroborated by other sources. It is also early, so these plans could change.

The possibility of a notch-less iPhone does look increasingly promising. In January, for example, Apple supplier AMS launched new under-screen ambient light and proximity sensors, while Chinese smartphone makers Oppo and Xiaomi have recently showcased smartphones with under-screen front cameras.

Do you want a sneak peek at the future? Here you go...introducing you to Under-Display Camera technology!#Xiaomi #InnovationForEveryone - Xiaomi #SummerBonanza2019 (@Xiaomi) June 3, 2019

Samsung has so far taken a different approach to avoid the notch, with its Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ smartphones featuring circular and pill-shaped front camera cutouts respectively in the top-right corner of the display.

Apple's exact approach if any remains to be seen, but it is certainly starting to sound like the notch might not be around for too much longer.

Article Link: Apple Rumored to Launch Notch-Less iPhone in 2020
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macrumors 68020
Feb 3, 2016
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I wonder if that’s why they are taking out 3D Touch. It would make sense if they are really trying to get the under the screen fingerprint tech in, they would want to remove that other bit of screen tech for 3D Touch. Still sucks about 3D Touch though...
Maybe it’s just foreshadowing, which if you look at past things that were rumoured there was always something software related leading up to them

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macrumors 68000
Feb 12, 2006
Call me sceptical about these under screen cameras. The video is supposedly just that, but can we be guaranteed the camera was under the display and not sneakily hiding in top or bottom bezel for leaky marketing hype? And what sort of IRL issues will this camera invariably have? I’m not saying impossible, but I am saying I’ll wait for all the reviews to form something resembling an opinion. And the latter analyst is probably just mostly making **** up.
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Indeed, but these phones are not yet guaranteed. It’s a rumor at this point.


macrumors 65816
Feb 1, 2014
Good, Face ID with a notch was a stopgap kludge until they could get a screen-based fingerprint reader working. And for those who are fans of Face ID they may still find a way to get that working too without a notch - other companies already have working prototypes of front-facing cameras that work under and through the display.


macrumors 68040
Sep 27, 2005
And people wonder why iPhones cost so much? All the R&D costs to engineer a fix for a "problem" that doesn't exist! Does the notch or pinhole really bother people that much? I still use my 7 Plus with (god forbid) A BEZEL, and I never even notice it!

How about just reducing the price of the phones so people won't hold on to their phones for 4+ years because iPhones cost >$1000!

Give us top-tier cameras, OLED displays and cut the price!
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