Apple is reportedly working on four new models of the iPhone that are slated for a 2020 release. The latest report from notable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states that at least one of the iPhones scheduled for 2020 features a smaller selfie camera. It indicates that it may arrive with a reduced notch.
iPhone with In-Display Touch ID in the works?
The new range of iPhones are expected to feature OLED displays with varying screen sizes of 5.4-inches, 6.1-inches and 6.7-inches. The company is also working on a fourth iPhone with in-display Touch ID support aimed specifically at Chinese buyers.
Although the presence of a smaller notch indicates the absence of Face ID. Since, the TrueDepth sensor takes up most of the space within the notch in the current lineup of iPhones. It is unclear whether Apple plans to do away with Face ID on all their upcoming iPhone models in the future. The removal of Face ID also suggests that the phone will arrive with an in-display Touch ID sensor.
Apple May Completely Get Rid of Face ID
A separate piece of intelligence from Credit Suisse reveals that Apple’s screen suppliers in China are working on ‘full-screen displays’. Hence, corroborating the story that at least one of the upcoming iPhone models features a notch-less design.
The report further states that Apple plans to do away with the Face ID entirely post 2021, and focus on improving the in-display fingerprint scanner. As a result, all upcoming iPhone models are expected to either lose the notch entirely or feature a smaller notch than the existing models.
However an advert released earlier this week, Apple claims that their Face ID is ‘safer and easier’ than Touch ID. It is odd for Apple to put two of its technologies against each other, especially if they plan on getting rid of Face ID eventually.
Although Kuo’s claim of Apple working on a smaller notch on the upcoming iPhone is believable, rumors of them getting rid of Face ID entirely should be taken with skepticism.
According to a report by J. P. Morgan Chase, the new lineup will help Apple increase its annual sales figures from the current 180 million units to 195 million units by 2020. The Cupertino company also plans on developing their own 5G modem by 2022-23, reducing their dependence on Qualcomm.
Apple is working towards increasing the camera resolution on its 2019 lineup. While the front camera will be upgraded using a 12-megapixel sensor, the company plans on introducing a triple camera setup at the rear. The addition of a 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor is also widely anticipated. In other news, the upcoming iPhone XR is expected to be powered by Apple’s A13 chipset, created using the second-generation 7mm architecture, thus increasing the battery life of the device.