Early 2020 iPhone prototype has 6.7-inch display and no notch: Tipster

UPDATE: Steve Hemmerstoffer, the person responsible for leaking Apple's iPhone 11 Pro design eight months before its announcement, doesn't seem particularly convinced by this 2020 iPhone leak. The original story continues below.

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Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro was introduced just two weeks ago with a triple-camera system and a large notch above the display. The latter is identical to the one found on 2018’s iPhone XS, which itself matches the one featured on the 2017 iPhone X. But if a new rumor is to be believed, the Cupertino giant’s beloved notch could be ditched entirely come next year.

Say goodbye to the controversial notch


According to Ben Geskin, who is perhaps best known for his quality concept renders, one of Apple’s early 2020 iPhone prototypes features a massive 6.7-inch display paired with an updated Face ID and TrueDepth camera system which sits inside the top bezel, therefore removing the need for any kind of notch.

The name of this particular model isn’t mentioned in today’s report but the overall description does seem to coincide with what’s expected from the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple is going to replace its existing 6.5-inch OLED display with a larger 6.7-inch panel. However, because it’ll likely be paired with slimmer bezels, the phone’s physical footprint should be pretty similar to that of the current-gen device.

Sitting alongside the Max-branded offering will be the regular iPhone 12 Pro. Kuo believes this device will feature a new 5.4-inch OLED display paired with slimmer bezels. Combined, the changes mean Apple’s next premium phone will be noticeably smaller than the existing model. In fact, it’ll probably be closer to the iPhone 8 in size than the iPhone 11 Pro.

A new frame and update rear could also be present


According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's plans for a "significant" iPhone redesign next year will see its 2020 flagships adopt a boxier look that's made possible by a new metal frame with a "more complex segmentation design, new trenching and injection molding procedures, and sapphire or glass cover assembly to protect the trench injection molding structure." This all sounds a bit confusing but, in essence, the 2020 iPhone's frame will resemble that of the iPhone 4, which was announced way back in 2010.

Paired with all of this should be a rear camera setup that's fundamentally pretty similar to the one present on this year's iPhone 11 Pro. However, to keep up with the competition and continue pushing the iPhone's AR capabilities, Apple is expected to add a dedicated Time-of-Flight sensor which can capture high quality depth data. Other improvements to the camera setup may include optical image stabilization for the ultra-wide-angle shooter and further improvements to Night Mode.

The standard iPhone 12 could look like the iPhone 11 Pro


The iPhone XR and iPhone 11 both feature LCD panels up front but reports suggest next year's iPhone 12 will make the switch over to OLED. If this happens, it would make sense for Apple to employ the existing iPhone 11 Pro front panel design on the standard iPhone 12. That way, buyers of the cheaper model will feel like they're receiving a new design and Apple will be able to continue differentiating its premium models from the non-Pro variant.

In addition to this, some camera upgrades are expected on the cheaper iPhone. Specifically, Apple's expected to adopt a triple-camera setup much like the one that's featured on this year's Pro devices, although the sensors will likely be borrowed directly from the premium iPhone 12 Pro models. It's possible, however, that Apple may reserve the optical image stabilization on the ultra-wide-angle shooter for the premium devices.

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45 Comments

1. j_grouchy

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

Back to bezels.

2. baldilocks

Posts: 1535; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Uniform, thin bezels. Looks better than anything else out there. Just hope the frame around those holes is made out of titanium.

7. OneLove123

Posts: 1161; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Looks like blu bold n1.

3. tedkord

Posts: 17387; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Better bezels than notches or holes.

11. kiko007

Posts: 7497; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Agreed. Plus you still have something to hold onto as well.

29. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

The iPhone notch looks pretty clean and doesn’t make the phone look bad. It’s a signature iPhone look which is here to stay

33. Subie

Posts: 2378; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

@Mike88, A 3.5 inch display was a signature of the iPhone as well but Apple managed to change with the times. it would be illogical to think that any designed look would be "here to stay".

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6815; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Totally fine by me. The whole notch and punch hole thing looks ridiculous on any phone.

28. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Fake renders. Apple won’t go that ugly way. Those might be the next year pixels

4. User123456789

Posts: 996; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

The S10e without fugly hole ...

25. Fred3

Posts: 556; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Leave my hole out of this lol. This is the best design i've seen so far.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31253; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hope so, cause the current design has gotten old, and the software needs as big a bolt as the design. Give us a device in 2020, that's as compelling as this years iPhone's camera. That's the 2019 iPhone's lone major bright spot to me. Kudos on the camera Apple, mehhh on the rest.

6. Elvis358

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

It is good that they are finding a way to keep face ID! I hope they bring under-display fingerprint scanner!

8. norbie.k

Posts: 21; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

Not a chance apple, samsung will come up with something like that first. Apple will probably adapt it few years later like 2025...

10. baldilocks

Posts: 1535; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, ok.

16. Elvis358

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Nope!

12. shawman

Posts: 70; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I would say this would be a HUGE improvement from the big ass notches that current iphones have. But I am sure it wont be anything like this. Notch will be there for sure.

13. CEDEOTB

Posts: 436; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

120hz display is a must

14. User123456789

Posts: 996; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

There is 144HZ lcd and 240Hz oled on the market. If they wanted they would be using since ipad pro has 120

21. mackan84

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

If the screen was as good as the one in note and 11 pro and be able to have 120hz then yes. If Samsung brings it this year, that’s a sign if apple will do it. They won’t bring 120hz if the screen isn’t as good or better then last year.

18. Elvis358

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

So this probably means bye bye to the noth even for Android phones. Since Apple does it everyone does it. Like when Apple put the notch almost all other smartphone brands put it too!

23. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1074; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Just a reminder that the Essential Phone had a "notch" months before the X and Moto Z lacks AUX port months before the 7. but yes, Apple did it first. like when Samsung copied apples OLED screens... right?

44. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

What he meant was, after Apple implemented the notch other manufacturers decided to follow. Not that they did it first. Kinda like Sharp being the first to do a three sided bezel-less display with a chin, but it wasn't until the Xiaomi Mi Mix that people actually started to notice that style and start designing bezel-less phones.

22. dnomadic

Posts: 423; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

This is what I was hoping for, basically a tiny current gen Ipad Pro.

24. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1074; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

The only part missing is the inevitable transition to USB-C

26. Valdomero

Posts: 696; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Now THIS is what i'm expecting!, good call I've made to hold onto my iphone X for another year. Please Apple, look at these renders and inject as much money you can on R&D to make this possible.

27. cmdacos

Posts: 4248; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

A 2018 design for Apple fans. Anything is better than the unibrow including ancient bezels.

42. baldilocks

Posts: 1535; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

What are you? 12?

43. aegislash

Posts: 1509; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Show me a single Android device that came out in 2018 with uniform bezel ALL around (as in, completely even, not the slightest bit of thicker chin), camera and sensors embedded in the thin top bezel. Oh that’s right...you can’t! Because nothing that runs Android looks like that.

45. cmdacos

Posts: 4248; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

You're right and thank god my android phones dont look outdated like that.

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