The notch that arrived with the iPhone X in 2017 may not make it to the 2020 iPhone, according to reports from recently published patents, as well as information from inside the physical supply chain.
Images from a patent filed by Apple on December 23 show an iPhone without a notch, and in fact, this is a rumor that's been circling for months on tech forums. Apple is certainly looking into getting rid of the notch, it's just not clear when it'll happen.
LetsGoDigital suggests that the patents and leaked data that it's gathered point to the 2020 iPhone having a notch-free display, with Touch ID moved under the screen and Face ID ditched.
That leaves the question of where the selfie camera will be on the iPhone 12 – it'll have to either be placed under the display like the fingerprint sensor or packed inside the small bezel at the sides of the screen.
Designers are getting to the stage where this sort of technology and ingenuity is possible, but it's still in the early days, and image quality (not to mention facial recognition capabilities) are likely to be affected as a result.
Other manufacturers, including Samsung, are prepping in-screen cameras for future flagship devices, while some existing phones use pop-up selfie cameras to keep the front display as uncluttered as possible.
Despite these recent leaks, we'd expect at least some of the iPhone 12 handsets to keep the familiar notch – though one model may come with a smaller notch or no notch at all as Apple experiments with in-screen Touch ID.
One other key factor to expect, 2020 is expected to be the year that we’ll see a 5G iPhone and a much bigger battery for the iPhone 12 models!