A new rumor suggests that Apple is preparing to ditch the front-facing camera notch that was first introduced with the iPhone X in 2017. The company would instead squeeze the TrueDepth Face ID sensors into the thin bezel at the top of the phone, which would create more real estate on the front of the phone and give the 2020 iPhone a full-screen display.
The rumor comes courtesy of Ben Gaskin, who tweeted an image of a 6.7-inch full-screen prototype that also showcased a decked-out bezel with a microphone, a speaker, and a proximity sensor in addition to the TrueDepth camera and a slew of other features. The image lends credence to a recent report from industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, which implied that Apple was looking to shrink or eliminate the notch for the next iteration of its flagship mobile device.
Kuo and Bloomberg have both reported that future versions of the iPhone would prioritize in-display fingerprint biometrics, which would revive Touch ID make a larger screen more appealing for consumers. However, that technology might not make an appearance until 2021.