The notch has been the source of heated discussion and debate among those who passionately follow smartphone trends. While Apple isn’t the first to incorporate the notch, it has taken the most heat over it. Now, a new rumor claims that Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup will omit the notch. This news comes as several Android OEM’s are embracing notches on their 2018 offerings. The report comes out of Korea and claims that Apple is working on a new all screen design. Of course, this begs the question, what happens to the Face ID and front facing camera? The report does not elaborate on what Apple would do with the technology currently housed in the notch but it’s assumed they’re working on it.
“Apple decided to get rid of notch design starting from 2019 models and is having discussions with relevant companies.” said an industry representative. “It seems that Apple is planning to implement full-screen that is more complete in its new iPhones.”
Suppliers are interested in how Apple will be able to place receiver, front-camera, and Face ID feature and implement full-screen at the same time. Some display industries think that Apple will either drill holes into OLED panels or use BM (Black Matrix) area within displays.
Right now it’s all speculation on how Apple would manage to relocate the tech currently located within the notch. Other ideas have been that Apple would move the speaker and microphone to the top of the iPhone’s case. There’s also the possibility that Apple would actually increase the bezel size around the display in order to get Face ID tech and other components to fit.
If a notchless iPhone lineup is in the works, I’m inclined to believe Apple will increase the bezel size all the way around. I don’t think the increase will be significant enough to take away from the design or look of an all screen phone. I guess we will see what happens as we get closer to September 2019, which is when Apple generally announces iPhones.
Last Updated on March 9, 2018.