All 2018 iPhones to have Face ID, Apple may shrink the notch for the 2019 models

All 2018 iPhones to have Face ID, Apple may shrink the notch for the 2019 models
Apple is bringing that distinguished gentleman with a storied history as a 3D face-scanning provider - the iPhone X's notch - to all of its phones this year, reports Korean media. The industry insiders that spilled those beans actually did it to reveal that LG Innotek will be bearing the brunt of the TrueDepth camera production, while mysterious Chinese companies will be kicking in for any eventual extra modules needed, replacing the current secondary supplier Sharp. 

In any case, the demand will be huge, as Apple is expected to equip not only the iPhone Xs and Xs Plus with a Face ID housing, but also the rumored budget iPhone 9 as well, despite the fact that it may very well land with an LCD display. That's not the first time we are hearing that Apple's future iPhones and iPads will sport that unique 3D facial recognition, so where there is smoke, there might be fire.

In a separate report, tech analytics firm Atherton Research is of the opinion that Apple will be shrinking the notch upwards next year at the earliest, since the technology to make the TrueDepth camera modules smaller is already in the lab, yet it will take some time for it to be applied on the mass scale that Apple's iPhone sales numbers would require. 

Adding to that radical notch-ion notion, Atherton also speculates that Apple would supplement Face ID with in-display finger scanner, too, as the responsiveness and applications of Touch ID proved to be on a different plane than Apple's novel 3D face-scanning technology. It's too early to talk about the 2019 iPhones, but we doubt anyone would argue against a thinner notch, a concept image of which you can see in the header above.

source: ETNews & Forbes

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25 Comments

1. Jrod99

Posts: 699; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Face ID. Hmmm? Anyone know if Bank of American mobile app supports Face ID ? Love how easy signing in with Touch ID is.

3. DolmioMan

Posts: 295; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

If it supports touchID it will automatically support faceID.

13. apple-rulz

Posts: 1896; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Not true, at least when I had the iPhone X, none of my financial apps, including BOA, supported Face ID. I haven’t had the phone since late last year, so my experience may no longer be valid.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 6846; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Look FaceID is one thing, but that stupid notch is another. When developer's have to change or add in support for that notch, then it's a gimmick more than anything else.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 3872; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Yes, and it makes it easier for your family to borrow money from you ;)

20. Joosty

Posts: 464; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Chase Bank supports FaceID. Cant say for BOA

2. DolmioMan

Posts: 295; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Whoever did that mock up needs to be sacked, it’ll shrink inwards, not in depth because that makes the status bar look wrong. It’ll look smaller on the 6.5 inch iPhone because of relative size differences.

4. black.inco unregistered

I just picked up the iPhone X this past weekend and so far I've had no complaints or issues with Face ID. Actually like it a bit more.

8. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

Only those complain who don't have one, Face ID works great all the time.

9. umaru-chan

Posts: 339; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Face ID works great most of the time and occasionally failed. But it's ok to fail sometimes. Nothing is wrong with it. But Saying that it works great all the time is a lie.

12. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

mine failed only when X on the table and I tried unlocking from a weird angle it worked great for me all the time.

14. black.inco unregistered

Same for me, honestly. Only had an issue when it was laying on the table. Otherwise, it unlocked. Doesn't necessarily mean that someone's a liar. Guess it's a different experience for everyone.

25. umaru-chan

Posts: 339; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

So you admit that it fails occasionally.

7. sissy246

Posts: 7000; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

That looks a lot better with the smaller notch.

10. libra89

Posts: 2252; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That would be interesting if this turned out to be the case after all. It makes no difference for me though if there's no updated SE.

15. apple-rulz

Posts: 1896; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Don’t shrink the notch, just get rid of it.

16. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Roland Quandt says zenfone 5 has the notch. Glad too see Sony and Htc wont do it...

18. phonearenaviewer

Posts: 48; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Thanks for confirmation. No face ID for me looking to see what Google and Samsung bring to table this year or just keep my 8 plus until no longer operates.

23. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2125; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

That's not a true statement. You will upgrade sooner or later

19. gamehead unregistered

For the love of god give me the full bezel or no bezel

24. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2125; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

FaceID works very well. No need to place your thumb or finger just to log in. Just look at the phone and everything pops up.

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