The iPhone will retain its huge notch until 2020, when versions with a much smaller notch—or no notch all—will finally arrive.
That’s according to reliable TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who told investors Wednesday that the front camera on the 2020 iPhone could use an “ultra-small front lens [that will] significantly improve the screen ratio.” This will result in a long-overdue exterior redesign of the product that will include a much smaller or no notch. The 2020 iPhones could also feature a rear camera with 7 lenses, he says.
Apple is planning a similarly big change for 2021, when the iPhone could drop support for Face ID entirely and move to an in-display fingerprint reader instead.
In keeping with Apple’s slow forward progress, these are changes that its major competitors have already made. The OnePlus 7 Pro, for example, features a true no-bezel and no-notch “all-display” design and utilizes a reliable and accurate in-display fingerprint reader today.
But multiple reports have suggested that Apple’s display suppliers are already working on notchless displays for Apple, just in case. And that means the consumer electronics giant could surprise customers with a true “all-display” design as soon as this year.
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