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Apple iPhone 12S, not the unlucky iPhone 13, to come with a 25% smaller notch than the iPhone 12

It seems Tim Cook would rather have the iPhone notch reduced than banished. (Image source: CNET - edited)
It seems Tim Cook would rather have the iPhone notch reduced than banished. (Image source: CNET - edited)
The Apple iPhone 12S is already widely expected to come with a smaller notch than its iPhone 12 relative, and a leaker has offered up some specific measurements revealing a 25% notch width reduction. In addition, the potential iPhone 13 name may have been surrendered for the sake of superstition.

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We recently reported on the ever-shrinking Apple iPhone notch, with the 2021 iPhone likely to be receiving a smaller notch than 2020’s iPhone 12 while a future iPhone 14 would be verging on the notchless. However, for the time being, fans will still have to tolerate a notch for the upcoming iPhone 12S series, which is expected to be released toward the end of September.

According to a tweet from LeaksApplePro, the width of the notch for the iPhone 12S will be a reasonable 26 mm (1.02 in). The iPhone 12 had to tolerate the blemish of a notch that was 35 mm (1.38 in) wide, so it seems there has been over a 25% reduction for the upcoming iPhone 12S, which should please those that simply loathe having a black bar containing the required sensors for Face ID and the device's selfie camera “ruin” the display.

As for the name of the Apple smartphone, while "iPhone 13" is still in common usage in the media, it appears there are quite a few who insist it will be "iPhone 12S". There has been some argument that this is simply down to lucky numbers: The Snapdragon 888 was named in this manner because of the number being considered fortunate in China, and OnePlus skipped the OnePlus 4 because of tetraphobia. The number 13 is widely considered to be an unlucky number, so it’s possible Apple will skip on the iPhone 13 name for that reason.

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Daniel R Deakin, 2021-07-22 (Update: 2021-07-22)