Workers adjust a hoarding of the newly launched iPhone XS in Ahmedabad, India October 4, 2018. Here's what you should know. The iPhone X (Review) notch started a never-ending debate on how intrusive it felt on the screen.
Next year's iPhones will have a smaller notch cutout, according to a recent note from well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. This might effectively remove the top notch along with a design change touting a more prominent display and full-screen fingerprint authentication.
The Economic Times reported Apple has begun exporting Indian-made iPhones to certain markets in Europe.
As far as when other iPhone models will go notch-less, the analyst gives a timeline of 2021.
A separate report by a Credit Suisse analyst has suggested that by 2021, Apple will be implementing a full-screen display with no cutouts of any kind.
However an advert released earlier this week, Apple claims that their Face ID is "safer and easier" than Touch ID. That is something that we have serious doubts about as it would mean using two biometrical systems that double each other in function and will likely raise the already high prices of iPhones. Perhaps this will put an end to the battery strained iPhone user cliché?
All of this is to say that Apple isn't going to reverse course.
The 2019 iPhone has received mixed opinions even before its launch with a majority suggesting they will skip this generation in favour for the 2020 iPhone. But there could be a solution.
Apple is reportedly looking to embrace under-screen technology for the front-facing camera in the future, like the kind Oppo unveiled at MWC Shanghai. The first under-display fingerprint scanner could show up in a 2020 iPhone, according to Barclays. But Apple may have found ways to reduce the size of that notch without affecting 3D face recognition functionality.
A sketchy rumor said a few days ago that Apple is making a cheaper iPhone for the Chinese market that will ditch the Face ID sensors in favor of an in-display fingerprint reader. While the notch is here to stay for at least a couple more years, that probably won't be the case forever.