Apple expected to release notch-less iPhone as soon as next year

Daniel Fowler
July 11, 2019

The latest report from notable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states that at least one of the iPhones scheduled for 2020 features a smaller selfie camera. That said, the future iPhones in 2021 would completely use an in-screen fingerprint sensor (TouchID preferably), and it is believed that notch would be ditched completely along with FaceID authentication as well, according to the report, regardless this is still speculative.

Additionally, the notchless iPhone that will be released in 2020 will feature an under-screen front camera and acoustic fingerprint authentication that is full screen.

Last week, another report suggested that Apple would launch a new iPhone with an under-the-screen fingerprint scanner, but only in the Chinese market, as the technology would reportedly cost less than the components required for Face ID. Apple will reportedly introduce its first 5G phone, add 3D sensing via rear camera, include a full-screen Touch ID and use OLED screens. Because there are sensors for selfies and face recognition at the front, iPhones still have a small notch at the top of the screen. The analyst shared no details as to what design changes to expect, including if the changes will be related to the notch or to the overall form factor. The iPhone X (Review) notch started a never-ending debate on how intrusive it felt on the screen.

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"Local production will give Apple the leeway to play with the margins of their distributors and indirectly price their phones lower", said Rushabh Doshi, a research director at tech consultancy Canalys. An iPhone could very well have both Touch ID and Face ID - a combination that would offer a suite of benefits to users. However, Oppo and Xiaomi have demonstrated under-display cameras already, with Oppo saying it'll be in a handset soon.

The notch has been a controversial feature since its launch with the iPhone X in 2017. However, such reports and rumors must be taken with a grain of salt. Keeping the notch in place for one more generation indicates that Face ID isn't going away.

However an advert released earlier this week, Apple claims that their Face ID is "safer and easier" than Touch ID.

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