Forget the iPhone 12 5G! The iPhone 13 may have a smaller notch

Forget the iPhone 12 5G! The iPhone 13 may have a smaller notch
The iPhone X’s notch was extremely controversial when it first arrived in 2017 and still is because the iPhone XS and iPhone 11 have reused it. No changes are expected to arrive on the iPhone 12 either, but Apple could finally switch things up in 2021.

Is 2021 the year Apple finally changes its notch?

Tipster Ice Universe is perhaps best known for his countless Samsung leaks, but today he has officially entered the world of Apple leaks with an interesting claim – a revised notch is in the works for the iPhone 13.

The notch in question will reportedly retain the width of Apple’s existing implementation, which means there won’t be room for extra information on either side. It will, however, blend in better by shaving off some height.

Ice Universe believes the next notch could be roughly half as deep as the current one. How Apple plans to achieve that reduction wasn’t revealed, but one possibility involves moving the in-ear speaker to the edge of the frame and shrinking down Face ID components.

The Tim Cook-led company is understood to be developing an in-screen Face ID implementation, but the tech isn't quite ready for primetime, so a smaller notch would act as a stepping stone towards that. 

Of course, these claims are no guarantee the iPhone 13 will boast a new notch. The same was initially said to be happening with the iPhone 11 and iPhone 12, but newer reports later debunked those theories.

The new notch should sit alongside ProMotion tech

Another feature rumored for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max was ProMotion – Apple's take on the 120Hz refresh rate tech that rival companies have used on recent smartphones.

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However, due to the impact on battery life when combined with 5G connectivity, the Cupertino giant axed the feature at the last hurdle in early September before mass production was scheduled to kick off. 

Reports now claim Apple has delayed the feature until the iPhone 13 series, which will also use the LTPO variable refresh rate technology featured on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. That means the impact on battery life won't be quite as noticeable. 

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