Reports that Apple will nix the notch in iPhone 11 are the ultimate copycat irony

Uh oh, Apple may be doing away with unsightly top bezel protrusions for the 2019 iPhone crop, and we doubt that the glut of notch copycats in the Android universe will appreciate such a move. You see, Apple's Phil Schiller sat for an interview not long ago, and said that the notch is actually quite an elegant way to house all the TrueDepth camera paraphernalia that makes Face ID and Animoji possible on the iPhone X. He mentioned that Apple managed to miniaturize the parts that make Face ID possible to an extent unseen before, and housed them in the bezel protrusion successfully, albeit it ended up looking as an afterthought.

The extra parts are lovingly called Romeo and Juliet, as they have to be paired together for the system to work. Romeo throws in no less than 30 000 near-infrared beams at your face projecting a pattern onto it, while Juliet is the infrared camera that collects and infers the depth perception by calculating where the lines break via an algorithm. Apple is so content with this system, that it fronted no less than $390 million to the TrueDepth sensor maker Finisar, ensuring further enhancements and miniaturization of the Face ID kit.

That work is apparently bearing fruit, pun not intended, as Apple is said to nix the notch in future iPhone 11 and XI, or whatever it names next year's crop. If Finisar and other TrueDepth camera sensor suppliers have managed to make the whole setup even smaller, it would explain why Apple may have decided to improve the screen-to-body ratio further, as the current state of its "all-screen" efforts clashes with its minimalist design heritage pretty obviously.  

"Apple has decided to eliminate the current notch design from the 2019 model, and is discussing related parts and technology," claim OLED industry insiders in Korean media today. While the talks with display suppliers are still in their preliminary stages, and nothing is known about screen sizes and resolution yet, Apple has already patented several ways it might go about without a notch. One includes holes in the display itself, and another a matrix underneath that will let the sensor emitters pass between the pixels themselves. 

That last patent describes microscopic pores in the display packages that are near-invisible to the human eye, and, presumably, aren't going to affect the viewing experience. From there, however, we might be able to access sub-screen sensors, while the earpiece and front cameras may be housed in a tiny slit piercing the display, or, in a more orthodox way, the good ol' top bezel. As a reminder, this year Apple is expected to issue three notch-y handsets - an affordable iPhone 9 with an LCD screen, and the iPhone Xs/Plus with OLED displays. Next year, however, the notch may shrink to even out with the frame, and we could even see an in-display finger scanner added, making the iPhone 11 the ultimate "all-screen" biometry machine.

source: ETNews (translated) via Korea Herald



1. fyah_king unregistered

Those side black borders are so big on the iPhone x.

20. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Apple haters are so obsessed with every inch of the iPhone X LOL... They literary make up strange reasons to hate on it o matter what. This is called pure hypocrisy and stupidity!!

29. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sounds like you with Samsung.

57. sgodsell

Posts: 7621; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This is a click bait article. Because Apple would not be forcing it's developers to add support for the notch. I still hate any notch. It's more of a gimmick than anything else.

60. mackan84

Posts: 689; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

They’re not forcing them to add support for the notch but rather the 18:9 scaling

61. sgodsell

Posts: 7621; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wrong! Clearly you never read their developer guidelines. Apple has mandated that by this April. Developers have to embrace and support the iPhone X notch. Plus all apps have to be coded for iOS 11. It's not just the aspects ratio of the display.

35. fyah_king unregistered

Well, it is big compared to other phones. I'll apologize if you can prove that I am wrong.

51. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Samsung will implement the notch , the right way. Nothing wrong with notch if it's hidden like whole, top, black bezel with few icons(by my choice) on it. And If we NEVER see the notch. Apple did it wrong, and fugly, just to brag with ''bigger'' display.

59. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

I'm not sure what Apple has to brag about: Samsung S8/S9's screen/body ratio is still higher.

62. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Apple once again copying Samsung because their notch doesn't sell. Funny thing is they need to consult with Samsung to help them eliminate the notch.

39. dnomadic

Posts: 449; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I would agree. However I just Sold My Pixel and picked up the iPhone X on Monday. it is nice having a high-end small device with a dual camera. Now I just have dumb down to the device. (not a knock on iOS, but Android is more complex, so I have to get used to simplified approach)

2. Cat97

Posts: 2027; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Apple is probably afraid that the slow iPhone X sales are because of the notch, when in fact the real problems are the high price and the lack of fingerprint sensor. Nevertheless, a bezel-free, notchless phone is most welcome. I can't wait for the Android copycats on that :)

6. bucknassty

Posts: 1401; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

I can understand the notch if it contains the necessary hardware peripherals... instead of copying the notch copy that dot projector, flood illuminator, and infared camera

17. Cat97

Posts: 2027; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Or just use a fingerprint sensor. Job done.

24. kartik.07

Posts: 73; Member since: May 04, 2015

Given the same time as fingerprint scanner to mature it would be better then FS. It’s just a first iteration give it time bro. First gen FS were also bad and slow.

18. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

or just note have a notch and have the top just all black and no screen. those tiny chunks of the screen are useless, my s8 looks great without notches and has a better screen-to-body ratio than the iPhone X still so

21. nodes

Posts: 1164; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

i find it hard to believe X has worse SB ratio than S8, i held the two side by side and X has a smaller dimensions. and the two should share same or very similar screen surface area.

30. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Surface area is not the same as screen to body ratio. That match takes a big chunk out of the screen, more area than the S8's complete bezel.

33. AustinPaul

Posts: 159; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

It's not "worse than" which implies they're both bad. The X is just 'not as good'. "The iPhone X has a consistent border around the screen, which arguably makes the bezels seem smaller overall even though the screen-to-body ratio of the iPhone X is slightly lower than the Galaxy S9 — about 82.9% versus 83.5%. That's because of "the notch," as it's affectionately called."

37. fyah_king unregistered

The notch and the side borders are bigger than the S8. Go to the store and take a look again.

43. dnomadic

Posts: 449; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Larger Screen and NO bezels on the side. The side Bezels on the x are pretty thick. However, I'm finding that I like my X better than I anticipated (could be the honeymoon phase, I've only had it for 2-days)

3. Jacksie66 unregistered

Every second article on phonearena these days is talking about a fecking notch.

5. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1486; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

And in 2019 it still comes with a notch, because they couldn't figure it out. They can't even figure out a decent way of keeping their SoCs from killing the batteries after a year of use, I fear they lack the intelligence to pull this off.

7. TerryD

Posts: 560; Member since: May 09, 2017

Would 2019 make it the iPhone 12 as we'd expect the iPhone 11 this september in 2018?

14. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Maybe iphone XS

10. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014


11. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Nice to ce Apple Performance under pressure, first time in 10 years. I think she will bring more innovation in years to come.

12. mossman

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Boy, the notch has really turned into quite a social experiment, hasn't it? An ugly design choice, driven by the technical demands of the iPhone, has now turned into a status symbol that some Android manufacturers now feel compelled to emulate. Pathetic. Thank goodness Samsung didn't take the bait.

13. Marcwand3l

Posts: 464; Member since: May 08, 2017

The irony is that copycats will be just fine but the iphone fanboys that bought the beta phone with an inferior design and payed +1000$ for it will be in an interesting position.

28. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

It's better to pay 1000$ for a "beta" phone than for a phone that explodes. Now that's what I call beta. Plus, the notch isn't ugly at all, it just became a trend on social media to hate on it, among unhappy android users. If it was that ugly, nobody would copy it.

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