Next iPhone X Lineup Said to Feature Smaller Notches, 2019 Models May Ditch Notch Entirely

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The next-generation iPhone X will feature a smaller notch for the TrueDepth camera system, while future models released in 2019 or later will have no notch whatsoever, according to Korea's ET News.


    The report reiterates Apple's widely rumored plans to release three new iPhone models this year, including a second-generation 5.8-inch iPhone X, a larger 6.5-inch version dubbed iPhone X Plus, and a mid-range 6.1-inch model with design tradeoffs like an LCD screen to achieve a lower price point.

    The interesting bit is that all three iPhone models are said to feature slimmer bezels and smaller notches, emphasis ours:
    An unnamed industry source added that Apple has decided to remove the notch "from 2019 models," suggesting the third-generation iPhone X could be the first model with a truly full-screen design.
    The report claims each iPhone will have Face ID, but it's unclear how Apple would manage to fit the required TrueDepth sensors on the front of the devices without a notch. The report speculates that Apple could drill holes into the display itself, or use patented multi-layer Black Matrix technology.

    Barclays analysts have also predicted the trio of new iPhone models released in 2018 could have smaller notches. ET News previously said Apple was exploring ways to combine a face recognition module with a camera module.

    Apple removing the notch on the iPhone X is almost certainly its end goal, but as with any supply chain report, the timing of the move is uncertain.

    Article Link: Next iPhone X Lineup Said to Feature Smaller Notches, 2019 Models May Ditch Notch Entirely
  2. scrapesleon, Mar 7, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2018

    scrapesleon macrumors 6502


    Mar 30, 2017
    I want to see how they pull off the all glass display with no notch then truly then we have the dream iPhone
  3. fokmik macrumors 68000

    Oct 28, 2016
    Nice so this year will have smaller bezels and smaller notch, and next year even more design changes
    I never heard about Apple to have 3 years in a row this big changes in design
    Well done Apple, finally
  4. BMcCoy macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2010
    I wonder if everyone on here who supports and claims to like the notch, will be refusing to buy the 2019 onwards iPhones as they no longer have this feature...?! ;-)
  5. otternonsense macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2016
    Will have to wait until 2019 then, me and my trusty ol' 6S.
  6. MacFan23 macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2010
  7. Murkrage macrumors newbie


    Aug 31, 2017
    Thank god I bought the 8, that'll definitely last me until 2019. Right?

    *looks at iOS 11*

    Oh... yeah, as long as the software works
  8. AutisticGuy macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2018
    This is totally speculative. Heck, I think this a possibility, but that doesn't make it a reality. Just more people throwing darts to see if they hit the board.
  9. obitow macrumors member


    Jun 11, 2012
    Juiz de Fora, Brazil
    To be fair, I NEVER saw anyone claim to like the notch, only that they don't care.
  10. javisan macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    People, don't get your hopes up. The only reason we are dealing with notches and FaceID is because Apple failed at incorporating the touch ID behind the screen. Talking now about incorporating FaceID behind the screen is crazy talk, it won't happen anytime soon.
  11. xkam1x macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2014
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    They could place the sensors under the display, pointing towards the top of the phone. Then use mirror to reflect the image from front of the phone to the sensors. Current sensor optics are not designed for this but it is possible for Apple to manufacture custom lenses to make that happen.

    This will require much smaller opening then the width of the lenses they have currently.
  12. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    Who writes these reports?

    It's not really solid intel, and it's information that all of the people on MR could kind of guess at.

    Isn't it kind of stating an obvious upgrade path?
  13. Boatboy24 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2011
    1 Infinite Loop
    Hey Apple: while you're shrinking the notch, how about shrinking the price as well?
  14. MacFan23 macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2010
    I dunno, I have sources who say they'll feature improved processors and better cameras. Sounds legit to me.
  15. cansuds macrumors regular


    Jan 19, 2018
    smaller notch design :) I don't want notch design!
  16. manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    No, it won't. The cameras have to go somewhere.
  17. cknibbs macrumors member

    Dec 12, 2012
    No notch > notch > giant bezels

    I’d love to see no notch, but I’ll still take the notch over giant bezels on the top and bottom of the device.
  18. i_Droid macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2017
    If they pull it off in 2019, I'm coming back to iPhone.
  19. Phone Junky macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2011
    Sunshine State
  20. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    I like the notch versus our current option of having an asymmetric bezel and a taller phone to compensate (or a shorter screen, if you want.)
  21. Cmdrx3 macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2013
    I don't care, I'm still not paying £1000 for a phone.
  22. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    What? Nobody likes the notch itself. They just like this compromise better than other possible compromises, considering the available tech.
  23. DNichter macrumors 603


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    I was expecting one more year due to the technical challenges of pulling this off, but I am fine with it either way. I don't mind the notch at all and I think it looks futuristic. Ultimately though, I am buying an iPhone for the build quality, best performance, and of course, iOS. Notch or no notch, cool by me.
  24. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    False. Apple has directly come out and said they never tried the Touch ID under screen and instead decided to scrap fingerprint authentication for Face ID from the beginning.

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