2020 iPhones being tested with 'a few' different notch and Face ID setups

2020 iPhones being tested with 'a few' different notch and Face ID setups
The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max

The 2020 iPhone designs probably won’t be finalized for another five or six months but a new rumor courtesy of Ben Geskin suggests Apple is already testing multiple different designs. Before proceeding, it's worth pointing out that Geskin doesn't have the best track record when it comes to leaks so be sure to take everything below with a pinch of salt.

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.

As for the rear of Apple’s next-generation iPhones, all models will retain the controversial square-camera module feature on this year’s lineup but new sensors are said to be on the way. The iPhone 12 Pro series will reportedly gain access to a Time-of-Flight sensor while the iPhone 12 may incorporate the latter or a telephoto zoom camera.

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.

According to Ben Geskin, the revamped metal frames will be paired with wider antenna lines along the bottom, top, and sides that are now over 1mm thick. Additionally, the plastic material that’s currently used is set to be replaced by either glass, ceramic, or sapphire. These changes should improve overall connectivity and, therefore, enable compatibility with 5G networks. Despite earlier reports, Apple is now expected to introduced 5G support on all 2020 iPhone models, not just the Pro-branded models.

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.

Apple’s U1 chip used inside the iPhone 11 series already takes advantage of UWB technology and the upcoming AirPods Pro and Apple Tag will implement the technology too. But Geskin believes the plan to replace the physical connector on iPhones won’t be executed until 2023 at the very earliest.



1. User123456789

Posts: 1345; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

This notch has almost 1cm. No one complains. Phones with bezels of same height are bashed. I wonder why ....

2. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

iPhone 11 Pro kills all the android flagship in all aspects and now another beast for 2020.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4381; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Its still ios so it doesn't kill anything. The restrictions were painfull enough but now incredibly buggy software as ios engineers try and open up with long standing android features is laughable.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31756; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude, I couldn't have said it better myself. I use android and iOS daily, android is more stable, less crashes (like little to none), and no freezups. Iloveapps can lie all he wants, but I experience iOS daily, and the more it ado android features, while skimping on the needed RAM, the worse it gets. Apple fanboys, just won't talk about it.

15. Allday28

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

I’m not a fanboy of any platform, but my iPhone 8 Plus has never crashed in 2 years. I carry both android and iOS as well. But you’re just straight wrong with that comment.

18. midan

Posts: 3213; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I owned iPad and iPhone for many years and almost no crashes in 10 years. very stable, no freezups either. Very rarely 3rd apps crashes and worst thing what then happens is you are back to home screen. I wonder why you and your wife gets all the problems? Maybe because you are exaggerating things?

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31756; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's not that my wife and I get all the problems lol, it's that you are lying. No issues in 10 years. May I present iOS 8 lol https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/ios-8-problems/ There's more too. You are a flat out liar midan.

26. midan

Posts: 3213; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

i've never owned iPhone 6. And never experienced any of those problems listed in that site, except after OS upgrade 3rd apps might crash before those are updated. Also from your link "Bug: iCloud password request for new mail and AirDrop After the iOS 8.1 update a few people discovered that they kept getting the iCloud password pop-up every time they tried to write a new mail" FEW PEOPLE! It's not like everyone getting these bugs, that's why they are hard to find because very few have them. Showing your link doesn't prove anything, that kind a list can be written from every OS. It's just that Apple have very good and popular support page where most goes when they have problem, so it's easy to tell about those problems and are easy to find to someone who want to write about them. No-other company have such a high userbase and popular support page than Apple. So if some people out from 500 million are having problem, it looks like it's a big widespread problem. While most have never experienced these bugs. https://www.androidpit.com/android-5-0-lollipop-problems-and-solutionshttps://www.technobezz.com/common-android-7-0-nougat-problems-fix/

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31756; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOO! I knew you'd say that.

28. midan

Posts: 3213; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"There's more too. You are a flat out liar midan." Funny how you call me and iloveapps a liar and yet Chuck007 just proved that you are flat out liar too! His Note 10+ crashes a lot. Or maybe, just maybe we all have different experience. You know some have bugs and crashes and some doesn't. There more widely you use your device more likely you could find a bug.

29. Budhainthemood

Posts: 104; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

You, my friend, are e f...g liar, hahahah! "...android is more stable, less crashes (like little to none), and no freezups" Huahahahah!

24. Chuck007

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

To each their own. iOS have never been meant for hardcore tech enthusiasts, but generally for people who wants a simple and streamlined experience that just works. The simple OS might get old after a while, but boy let me tell you, once I switched to the Note 10+ I nearly immediately missed it. I get how people swear by Android but my experience with the Note 10+ haven't been entirely positive. Fingerprint sensor that plain doesn't work most of the time, clunky software that crashes a lot, and selfie camera that is simply more painful to use in low light than my former iPhone X, I'm already planning to switch back to iPhone. Mind my girlfriend loves the Note 10+ I bought her and the in-display FP scanner seems to work better for her, but the phone is simply not for me. Again, YEMV. But honestly? Everyone has their preferences and people who can't respect that (be it I believe the majority of posters here lol) well, got to grow up.

27. midan

Posts: 3213; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"clunky software that crashes a lot, " No way your Note 10+ can't crash!!! darkkjedii just said it's very stable (less crashes (like little to none), oh well.. Looks like darkkjedii is just a liar Perfectly proofs my point.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31756; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Post your experiences, like I do with mine via YouTube vids. Anyone can say anything, like midan does, but never proves what he says. Don't be like midan, midan is a liar.

6. User123456789

Posts: 1345; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Expect design, video capabilities and durability

8. Orion78

Posts: 230; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

It's not killing anything...especially the Note series. Just stop fanboy. Lol

20. Alcyone

Posts: 608; Member since: May 10, 2018

Except for the very small few out there that have had to have their phone replaced. Seems ios 13.1.3 may be causing some ultra wideband failures. https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2019/10/20/apple-ios-13-1-3-u1-ultra-wideband-failure-iphone-11-pro-max-update-iphone-xs-max-xr-upgrade/ Still waiting for Apple to figure what the deal is on it. A reset is bad enough, but some are lucky to get a replacement. I knew the tip sent in would be ignored, but it does exist. May be a very small number, but a replacement phone over a software ugprade is still an issue.

23. Ichimoku

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

IDK, but this man is the true Apple hero. maybe Apple should send this man a tip.

3. Rahulkaw001

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 22, 2019

It will be interesting to see 2020 iphone

4. peschiera

Posts: 65; Member since: Sep 17, 2017

"Apple’s long-term goal doesn’t involve either of these ports." I can assure you this is the long-term goal of all device producers, and that all are working on it. Usually the producer that is behind, makes its plans public in order to associate it with him, and to claim later others copied its ideas.

11. mackan84

Posts: 682; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

”...and to claim later others copied its ideas.” Correction, only fanboys claims this in the comments. Manufacturers don’t care really.

7. Be_Mine unregistered

Unless Apple comes up with a new solution to get rid of the Notch entirely (Or at least use the U shaped Teardrop/Waterdrop design). I think it should stick with the current design. The concept render above makes it look like just another Chinese Android Phone.

14. User123456789

Posts: 1345; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

They cant keep same face ID without notch or full bezel.

9. Rocket

Posts: 730; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

The just iPhone is just another Chinese phone, remember?

10. ahmadkun

Posts: 691; Member since: May 02, 2016

I wish if apple dose punch hole .. It wold look much better ..

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31756; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Since I kept my XS Max, hopefully 2020 is a compelling enough, and feature rich enough iPhone for me to buy and actually keep. This years iPhone, just couldn't cut the mustard, too few killer features, too many bugs, and too unstable for me to keep. XS Max it is for another year.

16. saif2711

Posts: 113; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

So the 2020 iPhones will compete with 2018 android phones in terms of notches..well it's an innovative upgrade since iphones are usually 4-5 years behind not 2..Good job Apple.

17. JustinPrime

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

I stopped reading when you said Ben Geskin.

21. Alcyone

Posts: 608; Member since: May 10, 2018

I'm curious to see if it has the potentially faulty ultra wideband chip inside fixed by then. First, they need to figure what 13.1.3 is doing to cause the failures.

22. Jrod99

Posts: 781; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Think they should lose the notch instead of going to a smaller one. Hope they bring usb c. Not sure how I feel about going port less.

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