In-display tech could lead to smaller notch on 2019 iPhone series

In-display tech could lead to smaller notch on 2019 iPhone series
The iPhone X's notch

Earlier today, one tipster revealed that Apple’s iPhones won’t be ditching the notch until 2020. Thus, the 2019 series will retain the controversial design feature. But going by Apple supplier AMS’ latest announcement, this year’s implementation could be quite a bit smaller.

More specifically, the company in question has developed new RGB light and IR proximity sensors that can be implemented beneath OLED displays. Functionality-wise, these new sensors work just like current-gen ones. However, in order to compensate for the OLED display, increased sensitivity has been paired with new algorithms that allow for accurate readings without any interference from the display’s pixels.

Currently, AMS is the supplier for the optical sensors Apple uses with Face ID on the iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max. Naturally, there is no guarantee the Cupertino giant will adopt this new implementation, but if it chooses to do so it would better differentiate the 2019 models from the current-gen devices.

Alongside the potentially smaller notch, the top-of-the-line 2019 iPhone models are also expected to adopt a new camera module on the rear. This alleged design, while rather odd-looking, will reportedly be home to a new triple-camera setup that introduces a new Time-of-Flight sensor.

Regardless of these details, it’s worth noting that the 2019 iPhone series is still nine months away. This means that various details could be modified by then. After all, the smartphone’s design and features are yet to be finalized.



1. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Sound good, however this Apple you are talking about so won’t happen anytime soon.

2. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well, since all other manufacturers are going notchless and full screen in some fashion or another next year, this kind of marginal change is right up Apple's street.

3. basher

Posts: 111; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

Wow, that will the most magical, impressive, spectacular and the most innovative step in smartphone industry ever!!

4. michaelny2001

Posts: 336; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

leading to a smaller notch? ahahah it was never needed. In no way did it make out lives any better. quite the contrary.

5. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1440; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Sure this technology may work, but how does it affect reliability? Besides Apple cares more about uniformity than slight improvements. They're more likely to keep the notch as is another year or even two, before moving on to something else. The more variation they introduce, the harder it becomes to make iOS and developers deal with those variations.

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