According to 'senior industry executives' quoted by The Economic Times, around 70-80 percent of capacity at the Bengaluru factory of Apple's manufacturing partner, Wistron, is being used for Europe-bound iPhones. Since, the TrueDepth sensor takes up most of the space within the notch in the current lineup of iPhones.
iPhone with In-Display Touch ID in the works?
The analyst further believes that in 2021, Tim Cook-led company will launch three iPhones and none of them would feature a notch. The report says that no 2021 phones will have notches, with Face ID supposedly being replaced by in-screen Touch ID tech.
Last week, another report suggested that Apple would launch a new iPhone with an under-the-screen fingerprint scanner, but only in the Chinese market, as the technology would reportedly cost less than the components required for Face ID. The curiosity of what to expect in the future iPhones has been increased lately - thanks to analysts like Ming-Chi Kuo and JP Morgan.More news: Forbes reports Kanye’s Yeezy sneaker empire is worth $1BILL
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The overall numbers, however, are still fairly small, with Neil Shah, Research Director at Counterpoint Research, reportedly telling the publication that less than 100,000 units of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 are being exported per month. This seems to suggest that although the notch will be there, it will be smaller and slimmer. "It is also early, so these plans could change".
The iPhone X launched with the infamous notch in late 2017 starting a design trend that many other phone makers then copied, but right now in 2019, we are already seeing true edge-to-edge designs with no notch and practically no bezel that look really futuristic and spur questions about the dated look of a phone with a notch.
As rumored Apple is anticipated to come with an entirely new line up including three new OLED models with screen sizes of 6.7-inches, 5.4-inches, and 6.1-inches. A fourth model has also been talked about, which would ditch Face ID, and would head to China, and Kuo could refer to this particular model.