Apple Looking Into Making Smaller iPhone 'Notch' Area

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However, some insiders said that although Face ID will be added to more Apple products during 2018, the smaller notch is not expected to be ready until 2019.

However, as 9to5m warns that it might be a while before they can fully develop tech that will allow these sensors to be in the phone without the need of a notch. Industry sources told the publication that Apple is working with LG Innotek to shrink bezels on the 2019 iPhones. If it happens, it will dramatically reduce the number of sensors placed in the notch, giving Apple an opportunity to make the bezels slimmer. Apple is actually the first to use this exact technology, which consists of projecting over 30,000 invisible dots that are then analysed and used to create a depth map, as well as capturing an infrared image of your face. According to a new report from ETNews, however, next year's new iPhones might not be quite as notchy. According to ET News, the Cupertino giant is trying to find a way to integrate the Face ID sensors into the front-facing camera in the next-generation iPhones. The RGB camera is not part of the Face ID setup.

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According to a report from Korean IT site ET News, Apple is now looking into combining the facial-recognition module with the camera module on future iPhones, which would shrink the overall size of the "notch" that houses Apple's TrueDepth camera system. It would be a huge challenge for the company. The notch would still be there, albeit a smaller one. Apple is still years away from embedding all the sensors under the display panel and offering a notch-less all-screen iPhone. While Touch ID isn't coming back anytime soon and those new gestures are here to stay, it looks like we may have some good news regarding the iPhone X's notch. Users must swipe down from the top right corner to view the battery percentage in Control Center. That's the amount of money that LG Innotek is investing into its facilities, the same facilities that make Apple's 3D sensing technology, in other words, Face ID. LG Innotek's sensors will be used in this year's flagship iPhones as well as the iPad Pro 3.

The idea is that by pairing the Face ID system - which lets you unlock the phone with your face - with the existing selfie camera, Apple could save space.