Apple has long had the vision of a truly bezel-free iPhone, famously described by Jony I ve as’ a single glass slab.’ How long it will take the company to create a notchless iPhone has been the subject of a great deal of speculation, but a new report argues that it could be the next year.
It suggests, thanks in part to a fingerprint reader embedded in the display, this could be seen in Apple’s top-end iPhone in 2020.
Earlier reports suggested only that Apple would switch next to a ‘ halfway house ‘ solution: integrating a Touch ID sensor into the display while keeping enough of a notch or bezel for Face ID.
Ming Chi-Kuo, a reliable Apple analyst, stated that this dual-biometric iPhone would be first seen in 2021, stating that Apple had a lot of technical challenges to overcome.
A subsequent Bloomberg report repeated the concept that both Face ID and embedded Touch ID would be provided, but said that this could be seen as early as 2020 – even though the feature could slip to 2021.
Samsung has shown that this stuff is hard
Through launching a smartphone with a deeply flawed embedded fingerprint reader, Samsung inadvertently revealed the technical difficulties: the Galaxy S10.
The fingerprint sensor for the Galaxy S10 was so unsafe that it took just 13 minutes for one user and a 3D printer to spoof a fingerprint that unlocked the device. Worse, it was found that it basically allowed any fingerprint to unlock the device by fitting a screen protector. Subsequently, some banks blocked using the feature to sign in to their apps. Samsung issued an update to address the issue, but admitted that the fingerprint reader was not’ fully’ secure.
The latest report suggests that the iPhone was notch-less in 2020
A new report goes beyond Ming Chi-Kuo and Bloomberg by suggesting that the top-end 2020 model will be a notchless iPhone with an embedded Touch ID reader – and that Apple will drop Face ID.
LetsGoDigital is referencing a presentation by Credit Suisse.
Three Apple design patents for a notchless iPhone are listed on the site.
The report includes one detail that is too far-fetched for an iPhone in 2020.
This technology does exist, but it is at a very early stage.