2020 iPhone Model to Feature Smaller Notch, Apple Going Notchless in 2021

Doris Richards
July 11, 2019

While it would cement India's position as an attractive destination for foreign investment for not just domestic market but also exports, Apple would benefit by fulfilling requirements for other markets from outside China, its largest base for contract manufacturing for iPhones.

On the other hand, another institution called Credit Suisse says that we could see an iPhone without a notch in 2021. According to a report on CNBC, JP Morgan analysts believe that apart from the three premium iPhones, the company will introduce cheaper models that everyone can afford as well. So these reports of Apple ditching FaceID completely or partially should be taken with a massive pinch of salt. As per reports, Apple is all set to develop its under-screen fingerprinting technology rather than rely on a third-party provider. With the Trump administration continuing to play hardball on the issue, Apple is reportedly looking to move between 15-30 percent of its iPhone production outside of China to hedge its risks going forward.

Citing a Counterpoint Research analyst, the cited source reveals that Apple's exports from India are now running at low speed, with around 100,000 units now shipped to select markets on the Old Continent. While the notch won't go entirely, Kuo suggests that it will be a lot slimmer. "It is also early, so these plans could change".

Samsung, for example, implemented a new hole punch-like design in the displays of its new Galaxy S10 phones, which is less noticeable than the bezels on the Galaxy S9 and notches on rival phones.

The report further said, the fourth iPhone is said to feature an iPhone with a design similar to that of an iPhone 8 without 5G connectivity or an OLED panel.

This years iPhones are rumored to get a number of upgrades, this will include new cameras and the top models are expected to come with three cameras.

Apple could possibly be working to at first shrink and then totally remove the notch from the front of their iPhone over the next few years. It is possible that Kuo is talking about this China-specific model, which will ditch TrueDepth sensor needed for Face ID, thereby significantly reducing the size of notch required for the FaceTime camera.

Coming back to the Credit Suisse investor note, it also claims that by 2021, the new iPhone models will use in-display fingerprint sensor and skip Face ID to provide the true full screen experience.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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