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Technology Apple’s upcoming iPhone X sequel may have new design with a smaller notch

11:01  15 february  2018
11:01  15 february  2018 Source:   bgr.com

Apple has finally caught up with iPhone X demand

  Apple has finally caught up with iPhone X demand The iPhone X was an elusive unicorn on launch. If you didn't snag one of the earliest pre-orders or get lucky waiting in line, you were looking at a weeks-long wait -- more than a few people flipped their units for a tidy profit.Clearly, Apple has caught up to demand -- and that's no mean feat given the iPhone X's later-than-usual November release (reportedly to make sure there was enough supply) and fears that production would make it a rarity until sometime in 2018. This does leave lingering questions, though.

That said, Apple is reportedly interested in making the notch even smaller on future iterations of the iPhone . According to a new investor note from analysts Consequently, the notch itself will occupy a smaller footprint on the front of the device. Don't Miss: Amazon has .99 LED light bulbs that can be

Rumors about Apple ' s upcoming 2020 iPhones , which could be called the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. The new iPhone appears to take design cues from the iPad Pro, with a square-edged stainless steel frame Rumors have suggested the iPhone 12 models will have a smaller notch , and these

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As it turns out, the notch on the iPhone X proved to be far less of a divisive issue than initially anticipated. Though many people were quick to call the notch an unseemly distraction when Apple originally unveiled the device this past September, the reality is that the notch is far more conspicuous and irksome in pictures than it is in your hands. In short, the controversy over the iPhone X notch quickly evaporated once the device actually started shipping.

That said, Apple is reportedly interested in making the notch even smaller on future iterations of the iPhone. According to a new investor note from analysts at Barclays (originally obtained via MacRumors), the TrueDepth camera system that powers Face ID will reportedly be smaller on upcoming iPhone models. Consequently, the notch itself will occupy a smaller footprint on the front of the device.

There may not be an iPhone SE 2 after all

  There may not be an iPhone SE 2 after all There have been rumors swirling about the iPhone SE getting an update sometime in 2018, but KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has thrown some cold water on those fires. According to Kuo, between the three phones Apple released last year (iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X) and the three phones rumored to be released this fall, the company may not have enough development resources for an SE follow up as a fourth phone for 2018. That said, Kuo also does acknowledge that a basic processor update could still happen, but it seems that SE fans should keep expectations low.

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 The report reiterates Apple ' s widely rumored plans to release three new iPhone models this year, including a second-generation

Apple is expected to unveil three new iPhone models this September, and all three of them will reportedly feature the iPhone X ’ s “all-screen” design This is good news even for notch fans, however, because a smaller notch means upcoming iPhones would have more room for the screen.

Barclays’ note reads in part:

We do expect the sensor to evolve slightly, potentially reducing in size (i.e., smaller notch) and improving in specificity […] helping to further drive very strong growth [for some Apple suppliers] in 2H18 as the second generation of sensor ships in this year’s new iPhones.

Incidentally, this isn’t the first report we’ve seen which points to the iPhone X notch shrinking in size. Just last month, a report surfaced indicating that Apple has been working on a way to combine the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera system with the device’s front-facing camera, a design that would result in a smaller notch.

Lastly, it’s worth mentioning that the Barclays note corroborates reports we’ve seen about the make-up of Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup, which is to say that Apple later this year will introduce a trio of new iPhone models that all  incorporate support for Face ID. As Ming-Chi Kuo noted not too long ago, Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup will likely consist of a revamped iPhone X, a 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus, and a 6.1-inch iPhone with an edgeless LCD display.

Notch appeal? Smartphones sales set to bounce back this year .
After smartphone sales shrank for the first time ever in the fourth quarter, Gartner is more optimistic about this year. The firm sees a big bump in 2020 thanks to AI.Smartphone sales fell year-over-year for the first time in the fourth quarter, leading critics to ponder if its best days are behind us. It's a lot harder to get excited about phones, nowadays, with each subsequent version coming with a slight tweak in design and better internal specifications.

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