Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

The iPhone will have its front-cameras under the display by 2021

The iPhone will have its front-cameras under the display by 2021

Apple is expected to launch at least three new iPhone models later this year, at an event that has traditionally taken place around September.

For Apple, the notch houses the TrueDepth camera system.

"Under 1,00,000 units of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 are being exported a month", the article quoted Research Director at Counterpoint Research, Neil Shah, as saying.

The very same analysts state that all three iPhone models will come without a notch in 2021 thereby finishing the transition to under-display front cameras and full-screen fingerprint biometric authentication. Separately, a different report said Apple has four iPhones in the works for 2020, including a cheaper iPhone 8 replacement, without saying anything about the potential return of Touch ID. The analyst shared no details as to what design changes to expect, including if the changes will be related to the notch or to the overall form factor.

This years iPhones will apparently feature a similar design to the existing iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in terms of the notch. Apple could also change the screen sizes of its new iPhones in 2020, according to Kuo's previous predictions.

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. Earlier this year, Apple supplier AMS also showcased under-screen ambient light and proximity sensors. Samsung, on the other hand, has used circular and pill-shaped front camera cutouts to avoid the notch. Many felt that it hinders the smartphone experience and prevents an edge-to-edge display. While many competitors followed suit with notches on their own devices, they soon started finding clever ways to eliminate it altogether. For now, it seems highly unlikely that Apple will do away with Face ID. After Apple released the first beta versions of iOS 13, evidence was discovered inside that 3D Touch may not be needed at all.

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