According to a recent report from Japanese financial publication, Nikkei, China's loss may be India's gain, as the South Asian country is one of the favorites to become the new destination for iPhone production. But Apple may have found ways to reduce the size of that notch without affecting 3D face recognition functionality.
Credit Suisse's channel checks, which were presented at the MWC Shanghai exhibition recently, suggest Apple's screen suppliers are working on full-screen displays without cutouts, according to the Business Times.
Although the presence of a smaller notch indicates the absence of Face ID.
The very same analysts state that all three iPhone models will come without a notch in 2021 thereby finishing the transition to under-display front cameras and full-screen fingerprint biometric authentication. These new iPhones which are going to represent iPhone 11 series, are not going to be 5G enabled and will be launched in 2020.
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.
Further, Kuo predicts that Apple may also change the design of the handset.
Kuo also said that the main cameras on the 2020 iPhones will feature 7P lenses instead of 6P, as is the case right now.
Apple changed how phones were designed when it released the iPhone X in 2017 and introduced the world to the notched displays. While many competitors followed suit with notches on their own devices, they soon started finding clever ways to eliminate it altogether.
It's not the first time we're hearing rumors about Apple ditching Face ID in order to return to Touch ID, in one form or another. Earlier this week, Apple released an ad touting Face ID as a much better option than Touch ID.