Apple's iPhones won't ditch the notch until 2020, tipster claims
The notch on the iPhone XS
Nowadays, most smartphone brands tend to use the same fundamental design for up to two generations. Apple, however, has previously deployed the same design four years running. And according to one tipster, history could be about to repeat itself.
After introducing its all-screen iPhone X in 2017, Apple chose to extend this design to its entire lineup in 2018. And now, as previously rumored, tipster Ice Universe claims Apple will retain the same front panel design with its 2019 series. Thus, Apple’s trademark notch – which has since spread across the entire smartphone industry – is here to stay for at least another year.
In order to differentiate the 2019 series from the current-gen iPhone XS smartphones, a leak yesterday revealed that Apple is currently toying with the idea of a triple-camera setup contained within a rather odd-looking square camera module. In addition to this, there’s a slight possibility that Apple may choose to move the in-ear speaker grill upwards. This should allow for a significantly smaller notch.
Looking towards the 2020 iPhone lineup, many expected Apple to skip the new hole-in-display technology in favor of under-display implementations – this would allow for a totally bezel-less panel. But according to the same tipster, this won’t be the case. In actuality, it seems the Cupertino giant has plans to adopt the technology next year, despite the fact that it’ll be almost two years old by then.
As per usual, it’s worth noting that both the 2019 and 2020 iPhones are still quite far down the line. Because of this, many of these details could change by the time of release. In fact, with Apple seeing poor performance in emerging markets such as China, the brand could choose to release a completely different design. However, with Apple’s track record, this seems highly unlikely.