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Apple Looking Into Making Smaller iPhone ‘Notch’ Area: Report

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Citing industry sources familiar with Apple’s plans, a new report from South Korea’s ETNews is claiming that Apple is working on combining Face ID and the front camera on future iPhones in order to reduce the size of the notch area, which according to many critics, is the most controversial attribute of the iPhone X’s design (via MacRumors). 

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While the report predicts that Apple may reduce the size of the TrueDepth sensor housing in 2019 iPhones and beyond, it does not specify how Apple would manage to combine these components. The source mentions a singular face recognition module, whereas Face ID is powered by an infrared camera, dot projector and flood illuminator.

“According to industries, it is heard that Apple is planning to strengthen face sensing function starting from 2019 models. That is why it is planning to increase number of parts that will be used for iPhones and is looking into combination of a face recognition module with a camera module.”

Last year, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securites had noted that Face ID will be featured on a second-generation 5.8-inch iPhone X, a larger 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus, as well as a new mid-range 6.1-inch iPhone, all of which will be released in 2018.

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  • Kris

    I’d rather they just have a slim bezel at the top with the senors and get rid of the silly “ears” on the side that look awful and awkward…

  • Olivier

    Count me in

  • Joe

    I’ve had an iPhone X for almost 2 months and I haven’t met a single person who finds the notch “ugly.” I never even notice it myself. The only thing that sucks is accessing Control Center, but that’s made up for by the superior multitasking that the home “bar” offers.

  • Aleks Oniszczak

    Now that they’ve figured out how to get the fingerprint sensor under the screen, they could just remove FaceID for a nice big screen.

  • johnnygoodface

    They could simply leave current indicators intact (time, signal, wifi, battery, etc.) but color the ears in black: that’s it! No more ears!

  • LouisDC

    Exactly! Why someone would want to watch a fullscreen movie with a notch is beyond me.

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