According to a new report from LetsGoDigital, Apple have plans to release an iPhone without a notch and in-display Touch ID as a very high-end model in 2020.
According to their sources, Apple have plans to release an all-glass iPhone next year. To do this, Apple will be moving the TrueDepth camera systems underneath the display. However, according to LetsGoDigital, this means that Apple will be dropping Face ID from the 2020 iPhones.
“Halfway through this year the rumor arose that Apple will choose a completely new phone design in 2020. China Times was able to gather revealing information at MWC Shanghai about a Credit Suisse presentation. The Swiss financial services provider reported that Apple suppliers are finalizing the development of a full screen display for the iPhone 2020.”
The report also says that all models of the 2020 iPhones (presumably called the ‘iPhone 12’) will feature this under-display Touch ID sensor. The report mentions that the highest-end model (presumably the ‘iPhone 12 Pro Max’) will have the selfie camera underneath the display.
“To achieve a full screen display, a TrueDepth camera will be processed under the screen. The new Apple iPhone 12 will also have an in-display fingerprint scanner. The Face ID functionality is therefore canceled. The fingerprint scanner will be placed under the screen for all new iPhone models. The under-screen camera will only be found in the top model, the Chinese publication stated.”
LetsGoDigital says that the idea of having a model with a new design and a model with an old design is not new to Apple. They refer to the iPhone X’s launch in 2017. Apple launched the iPhone X with the new design for $999, while also announcing the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus which was cheaper and retained the old design. In this case, iPhone 12 will retain the iPhone X-esque design while the iPhone 12 Pro Max will feature the new notch-less design.
Of course, as with any leak, it should be taken with a grain of salt. These rumours should not be taken for certain, and there is little to no evidence showing that this may be the plan Apple has for the 2020 iPhones.
Credit to Ben Geskin for the concept! (@BenGeskin) on Twitter