The iPhone’s iconic notch has basically remained the same since Apple debuted it on the iPhone X back in 2017, but this year things may change as new info suggests that the notch will be shrunk for the iPhone 13.
Earlier this month, notes Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo published a research note (via Mac rumors) claims that Apple plans to reduce the size of the iPhone’s Face ID notch. But now MacRumors has received a picture of the alleged iPhone 13 front panels from a Greek repair service that shows what a notch in a reduced size can actually look like. (Note: For legal reasons, we can not resize the image here, so check out MacRumors mail for a better look.)
Kuo previously mentioned that part of Apple’s solution for shrinking the notch is to reduce the size and number of components needed to support Face ID. However, the new picture also shows that by consolidating components and moving iPhones earphone speaker up while When merged with the frame of the phone, it seems that Apple has been able to reduce the size of the notch almost in half.
While many probably want Apple to get rid of the iPhone hack completely, the hack is still in line for a significant size reduction if the alleged image is accurate. However, this is not the first time we have heard that Apple may shrink the notch, since similar rumors were reported before the release of the iPhone 12, and that notch did not end up receiving any changes.
On the bright side, other predictions mentioned in Kuo’s note include support for 120Hz VRPO displays with LTPO technology on more expensive models of iPhone 13, along with a new Qualcomm X60 modem for improved 5G performance, and upgraded cameras including expansion of iPhone 12 Pro Max sensor-shift technology to the entire iPhone 13 line.
Furthermore, despite hints that Apple may actually release a “portless” iPhone in 2021, it seems that Kuo has traced back to that prediction, as each new iPhone 13 will have a traditional light port.
The one thing that seems to remain the same is the iPhone’s overall design, with several sources claiming that Apple will keep the more angular, boxed design it introduced last year on the iPhone 12, which in itself was a recall to previous iPhones that iPhone 4.