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Apple develops Touch ID on the screen to remove the notch of the iPhone

A new report from renowned Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, indicates today that at least one of the new iPhones introduced in 2020 will have a smaller front camera cutout, allowing for a better ratio screen / body and a smaller notch.

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This would imply that cutting the hack on at least one of the 2020 iPhones will be significantly reduced (via MyDrivers). According to Kuo's report, it is unclear if this trend could spread to all new iPhones in 2020.

Apple is expected to launch a brand new range of iPhone in 2020, featuring three new OLED models with screen sizes of 6.7 inches, 5.4 inches and 6.1 inches. Reports have suggested that Apple could also have a fourth new iPhone in preparation with Touch ID support, specifically targeting the Chinese market.

It is possible that the iPhone with Touch ID, already widespread, is the one referenced by Kuo today, with the smallest notch obtained by the absence of the TrueDepth sensor required by Face ID.

At the same time, a separate note for the new Credit Suisse investor in China suggests that Apple's screen vendors "are actively developing complete screens" with no notches. The report corroborates Kuo and says that by next year, Apple will have at least one new iPhone without a notch.

In addition, the report says that by 2021, three new iPhones will probably use fingerprints on the screen, as opposed to Face ID. At the same time, the notch would also be removed or greatly reduced.

Earlier this week, Apple launched a new iPhone ad in which it claimed that Face ID is "even easier and more secure" than Touch ID. It is rare for Apple to compete with two of its technologies. It's especially remarkable if Apple plans to move away from Face ID.

These reports must be treated with a good deal of skepticism. Kuo's claim that Apple is working towards a downsizing is certainly credible. The claims that face recognition will completely disappear are, however, a little more sketchy and should be treated as such.

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