iPhone Without A Notch? It Could Happen In 2020, Says Report

By Amit Chowdhry ● December 31, 2019
  • Is Apple planning to launch an iPhone without a notch? It could happen in 2020 says a new report.

The notch on Apple’s iPhones became the target of many jokes when it was first introduced. But then several other manufacturers started to adopt the notch for their own devices like the Google Pixel line of devices, the OnePlus 6T, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Motorola One, LG G7, and Essential Phone. However, Apple seems to have a goal of eliminating the notch when the technology is ready. That could happen as soon as 2020.

Specifically, Apple’s top-of-the-line iPhone in 2020 could have a fingerprint reader integrated within the display. Previously, rumors suggested that Apple might have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor integrated into the display while still keeping a notch at the top to house the front-facing camera for Face ID and FaceTime. However, TF International Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo believes that this dual biometric system may not happen until 2021 due to technical difficulties that have to be overcome.

Samsung tested out a dual biometric system with the Galaxy S10. Some people were able to hack into the Galaxy S10 by spoofing a fingerprint with a 3D printer and by also using a screen protector.

A new report about the Touch ID reader being integrated into the display and Face ID being dropped altogether was cited in a presentation by Credit Suisse spotted by China Times. Credit Suisse essentially reported that Apple’s suppliers are in the process of finalizing the development of a full-screen display iPhone in 2020. To make the display full screen, Apple is reportedly going to tuck its front-facing camera under the screen as well.

China Times also cited several Apple patents for the design of an iPhone without a notch. The patent documentation was published by the Japan Patent Office on December 23, 2019, and it included 4 images per patent.

9to5Mac believes that while the presentation may sound credible, it seems to have a flimsy basis on reaching this conclusion.

“It’s far more likely that the bank is simply speculating based on earlier reports than that it has any evidence of its own,” wrote Ben Lovejoy of 9to5Mac. “It’s not impossible that Apple has targeted 2020 as the year in which it introduces an in-display Touch ID sensor, but no previous report has suggested that this would involve dropping Face ID at this stage – and with good reason.”

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