2020 iPhone Model to Feature Smaller Notch, Apple Going Notchless in 2021

Yolanda Curtis
July 11, 2019

The removal of Face ID also suggests that the phone will arrive with an in-display Touch ID sensor. Removing the TrueDepth sensor, which is required by Face ID, will automatically result in a smaller notch. These new iPhones which are going to represent iPhone 11 series, are not going to be 5G enabled and will be launched in 2020.

It is possible that this China-specific model is the same iPhone Kuo mentioned with a smaller notch.

He also said that the 2020 iPhones will be undergoing a design change however, it is unclear from the report if these changes pertain only to the notch or the entire iPhone in general.

As per a related report by China Times, an analyst at investment firm Credit Suisse in Asia states that Apple is planning to launch at least one new iPhone in 2020 without a notch or Face ID. According to 'senior industry executives' quoted by The Economic Times, around 70-80 percent of capacity at the Bengaluru factory of Apple's manufacturing partner, Wistron, is being used for Europe-bound iPhones.

Kuo also said that the main cameras on the 2020 iPhones will feature 7P lenses instead of 6P, as is the case right now.

The iPhone X was launched in 2017 with its famous notch on the top. In its place, the device will feature an under-screen front camera and full-screen acoustic fingerprint authentication that could work anywhere on the iPhone's display. Since the debut of the notch on smartphones, many have believed it is a temporary thing that smartphone makers will take away sooner or later.

On the other hand, another institution called Credit Suisse says that we could see an iPhone without a notch in 2021. It is a cornerstone of the Apple experience, but the whole Face ID module is rather large, so hiding it is an extremely hard task.

2020: new iPhone lineups with slimmer notches and one notch-less iPhone with full-screen fingerprint authentication. After Apple released the first beta versions of iOS 13, evidence was discovered inside that 3D Touch may not be needed at all.

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