When the iPhone X launched, many were quick to mock the device’s notch, and for good reason. It was unsightly and interrupted an otherwise flawless design. But something funny happened: people grew to like the notch, and now it’s being copied by several of Apple’s biggest competitors.
Which is the perfect time for Apple to move on to what’s next. According to a report out of Korea, the Cupertino company is gearing up to minimize the notch when it launches a trio of new iPhone X-like devices this year, with plans to ditch the notch entirely in 2019.
ET News writes:
Apple decided to get rid of notch design starting from 2019 models and is having discussions with relevant companies, said a representative for an industry. It seems that Apple is planning to implement full-screen that is more complete to its new iPhones.
Although the notch was unsightly, it allowed Apple to utilize a complex TrueDepth camera system for Face ID. If Apple truly does ditch the notch, what will become of Apple’s advanced biometrics? Unfortunately, ETNews doesn’t provide much insight. One possibility, as pointed out by MacRumors, is to use Black Matrix technology.
It was likely Apple’s goal all along to get rid of the notch, but technology just didn’t allow the company to do so in 2017. While the notch won’t disappear entirely when Apple release a new trio of devices later this year, next year might finally see the company release a truly full-screen device.