Since the iPhone X released in 2017, all iPhone are equipped with a screen surmounted by a large notch. This notch contains all the 3D sensors that allow Face ID to work. All of these sensors are called TrueDepth. In addition to the essential equipment for Face ID, the notch also contains a proximity sensor, a speaker, the microphone and the front camera. Now, it appears that Apple would have developed a prototype without a notch
According to a tweet from Ben Geskin, a famous leaker in the smartphone world, Apple would have found a way to do without the notch for the iPhone 12, expected in September 2020. “One of the 2020 iPhone prototypes has a 6.7-inch display with Face ID and TrueDepth camera system housed in the top bezel.” says Geskin. The leaker accompanies his tweet by a rendering of this iPhone 12 that looks rather attractive. Not surprisingly, this presumed prototype is completely covered with a screen and surrounded by thin borders.
iPhone 12: Apple would have developed a prototype without a notch
Exclusive: One of the 2020 iPhone prototypes has 6.7-inch display with Face ID and TrueDepth camera system housed in the top bezel. pic.twitter.com/sAJE7J12ty
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— Ben Geskin (@BenGeskin) September 26, 2019
If the information of Ben Geskin is confirmed, Apple would have visibly miniaturized the TrueDepth sensors. Such a feat was not as possible when designing the iPhone X. That’s why Apple decided to integrate a large notch. According to TF International Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo analyst, Apple could simply incorporate a smaller notch in the 2020 iPhone. The complete disappearance of the notch would not take place before 2021. If this were the case, the Cupertino company would lag behind the competition of Android phones, which already offers smartphones with 100% borderless screen. We think of the OnePlus 7 Pro or the Oppo Find X.
Anyway, the iPhone 12 should be entitled to a new design. Still, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, the Californian group would bet on a flat-screen. And return to the angular and rectangular frame of iPhone 4. For the time being, we are still months away from the official presentation date so we will definitely get more leaks later.