2020 iPhones being tested with 'a few' different notch and Face ID setups
The next iPhone Pro will (finally) ditch the current notch
Per the information provided, Apple is working on “a few Face ID prototypes” that make use of new optics. Some are reportedly smaller in width, meaning the resulting notch is noticeably shorter, while others are said to be compact enough to fit inside the top bezel, although it's unclear if a thicker bezel is required to achieve this. Apple’s new Face ID components will presumably enable a faster and more secure system that can be used from different angles. Many users have been asking for a Face ID setup that’s capable of scanning your face even when the iPhone is laying flat on a table, so perhaps this is one of the improvements Apple could introduce next year.
The updated notch design should be limited to the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max and arrived paired with slightly slimmer bezels. The decision to not include it on the iPhone 12 probably has something to do with costs but users of the regular model won't be totally ignored – the device is reportedly going to ditch the iPhone 11’s LCD panel in favor of an OLED panel like the one found on this year’s Pro iPhones.
Wider antenna lines will enable 5G connectivity
Other modifications to the iPhone 12 series should include an updated frame that’ll be noticeably flatter than the existing one and resemble the iPhone 4’s quite closely. What materials Apple plans on using are yet to be confirmed but the Pro-branded devices will presumably stick with stainless steel while the standard iPhone 12’s is expected to feature an aluminum alternative.
Apple wants to eventually ditch all physical ports
The iPhone 12 Pro is largely expected to make the switch over to USB-C while the iPhone 12 will reportedly stick to the Lightning connector. But if the information received by Geskin is accurate, Apple’s long-term goal doesn’t involve either of these ports.
Apparently, the Silicon Valley-based giant is hoping to eventually replace its physical ports with a version of its current wireless charging tech and ultra-wideband (UWB) technology for transferring data. The latter enables speeds of up to 500Mbps within 3 meters and 110Mbps at 10 meters.