Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Apple iPhones could have smaller notch in 2020; no notch by 2021

Apple iPhones could have smaller notch in 2020; no notch by 2021

According to a recent report this years iPhones will still have the notch and we will have to wait until 2020 until Apple launches a notch free iPhone.

An iPhone without a notch above the screen for the selfie camera and sensors should be in stores in 2021, claims the generally well-informed analyst Ming-chi Kuo to investors.

The China Times followed up the report with insights from an analyst at investment firm Credit Suisse in Asia, who suggested that Apple would release an iPhone without a notch as soon as 2020 - but as a compromise, this device would come without Face ID authentication.

That same analyst predicts all three 2021 iPhones will be notchless, completing a transition to under-screen cameras and fingerprint authentication. As per reports, Apple is all set to develop its under-screen fingerprinting technology rather than rely on a third-party provider. From a security standpoint, Face ID is 20 times more secure than Touch ID as Face ID gives a false positive one out of every million tries and Touch ID returns a false positive in just one out of every 50,000 tries. So far, it is not yet confirmed if the Cupertino-based tech giant is going to integrate its own version of the full-display authentication or if it will utilize in-screen fingerprint scanners.

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According to CNBC, Apple is expected to launch three iPhones with OLED screens, with display sizes of 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch.

Kuo's note suggests that Apple's 2020 iPhones will feature a smaller front-facing camera cutout, therefore reducing the size of the notch.

Samsung, for example, implemented a new hole punch-like design in the displays of its new Galaxy S10 phones, which is less noticeable than the bezels on the Galaxy S9 and notches on rival phones. "It is also early, so these plans could change". A fourth model has also been talked about, which would ditch Face ID, and would head to China, and Kuo could refer to this particular model. Since, the TrueDepth sensor takes up most of the space within the notch in the current lineup of iPhones. Thus, ditching Face ID in favor of Touch ID seems highly unlikely for now.

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