First plausible 2020 iPhone render based on rumored protoype hits the mark
Ben Geskin is at it again with his iPhone renders and if there is any accuracy to his claim, at least one of the 2020 iPhone designs will finally eliminate the abhorrent notch that continues to plague the current iPhone design. The new 2019 iPhones 11 models all include the dreaded notch which houses the True Depth Camera system incorporating Face ID. Most competing Android designs have moved to either smaller cutouts for the camera like the Galaxy Note 10 range or eliminated the notch altogether with pop-up cameras, for example.
While many iPhone users claim that they “get used to” the notch, there is no question that it is a major design compromise. According to Geskin, at least one iPhone prototype being tested for 2020 is a 6.8-inch model with the True Depth camera system embedded into the top bezel, eliminating the notch altogether. Apple would achieve this by further miniaturizing the True Depth camera system. This would be quite some engineering feat, but it has been 3 years since it was first introduced, and technology has inevitably advanced since it was first developed.
Separately, another rumor suggests that Apple could also be investigating an under-screen fingerprint sensor which would be another way of eliminating the notch. It is possible that Apple could even offer both Face ID and Touch ID together as there are ergonomic limitations around Face ID that weren’t an issue with Touch ID. Combining the two would resolve this while also giving users a choice as to what their preferred method for unlocking their device. Either way, it seems highly probable that Apple is going to kill the notch one way or another.