Tech & Science Apple’s next iPhones might introduce a much smaller notch

03:20  08 january  2019
03:20  08 january  2019 Source:   bgr.com

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The next -generation iPhone X will feature a smaller notch for the TrueDepth camera system, while future models released in 2019 or later will have no notch whatsoever, according to Korea's ET News. The report reiterates Apple ' s widely rumored plans to release three new iPhone models this year

The entire notch exists because Apple is introducing Face ID with the iPhone X, a replacement for Touch ID that uses infrared cameras to Apple ’ s quest to build a full-screen iPhone means that the notch is here to stay. At least until it can figure out how to embed all those sensors under the display.

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Notch-related rumors surrounding new iPhones had already been rampant up to this point, with the chatter encompassing everything from the possibility that 2019’s iPhones would sport smaller notches and even the potential that Apple might soon give us completely notch-free phones.

An announcement today from a company believed to be one of Apple’s suppliers, meanwhile, is giving new life to the speculation, thanks to Australian company AMS’ unveiling of new sensor technology that Apple could use in future handsets to shrink the size of the notch in which the Face ID camera system is housed.

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Apple may be able to introduce a smaller notch by combining the front-facing camera and the Face ID sensors into a single face recognition module. Another rumor suggests Apple could potentially introduce an iPhone design that will eliminate the notch entirely.

Apple may be designing a smaller notch for future iPhones , according to a report from Korean news site ET News. The notch currently houses Apple ' s TrueDepth camera system, but Apple may combine the front-facing camera and the facial recognition module on future devices. If you're not a fan of the

According to the company’s announcement today, the new technology is a light and proximity sensor package that’s small enough to be fitted behind an OLED smartphone screen. “Smartphone OEMs today are striving to maximize their products’ screen-to-body ratio, reducing the bezel area as much as possible on the display’s face,” AMS senior marketing manager David Moon said in a release. The new package, he continued, enables phone designers to take this to an all-new level, possibly even eliminating the bezel entirely.

Such a thing is possible, he said, because this new technology “can operate behind an OLED display, a breakthrough enabled by the outstanding sensitivity of the device and by the implementation of sophisticated measurement algorithms to compensate for the optical distortion caused by the OLED display.”

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Apple will launch a trio of new iPhone models later this year with a second-generation TrueDepth camera system, which will potentially be While the analysts believe the new TrueDepth system will only "evolve slightly," they predict it could allow for a " smaller notch " on the 2018 range of iPhones

Realistically, Apple can’t increase the size of future handsets very much . They current versions already draw complaints for being too big . It’ s not clear what might change to allow a significant difference in size. Apple is unapologetic about the notch , but also did everything it could to hide it in the iPhone

Reuters notes that AMS — which doesn’t officially list Apple as a customer — is believed to provide the iPhone maker with optical sensors for the camera system on the iPhone X, XR, XS and XS Max.

Tipster Ice Universe has come out with a prediction that iPhones will ditch the notch completely next year in favor of a hole in the display, while retaining the notch for the 2019 series iPhones. The 2019 iPhones, of course, are still several months away, and they’re already the subject of much speculation including reports that the high-end variants will sport a new rear camera module. AMS’ announcement today certainly seems to suggest that, with the notch likely to stick around for at least another year, perhaps we’re going to see Apple start shrinking this design element very soon.

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