This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
The notch at the top of the screen was introduced in the 2017 iPhone X. This has been carried over to previous generations of flagship iPhones, despite various opinions.
However, rumor has it that the notch will finally be smaller in the 2021 iPhone 13 series.
To begin with, the notch is meant to house various sensors and parts, including the TrueDepth camera, which is essential for Face ID for facial recognition. While it tended to be used in competitive Android smartphones in the past, many Android devices these days have moved to a punch-hole style, where the in-camera remains in front and is surrounded by a display, or an under-display style, where the in-camera is built under the screen.
The rumor comes from a tweet from ice universe, an accomplished leaker (someone who publishes influential information about unreleased products), who says that the iPhone 13 will still retain the notch, but it will be slightly smaller.
Speaking of the notch, it's easy to see how wide it will be, but he added a rough sketch showing a "reduced height and a shallower notch".
As for the size of the notch, there were once rumors that it would be significantly smaller in the upcoming iPhone 12 series. However, photos of dummy models and others leaked one after another reinforce the possibility that they won't be shrunk. But, one analyst predicted that only the smallest size, the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini, might have a slightly smaller notch.
As for the notch on the iPhone 13, there have been leaks of dummy models indicating that it may be eliminated, and rumors that the entire Face ID will be removed with the adoption of the screen-embedded Touch ID. The latter may seem unrealistic for Apple, which has been emphasizing the security advantages of Face ID over Touch ID, but it may be a sign of the growing dissatisfaction among users with the notch.
The iPhone 13 Pro series screen specs are also expected to finally deliver a 120Hz display, which is unlikely to be used in this year's iPhone 12. If you're hoping for better screen real estate with a smaller notch and a smoother, more responsive display at 120Hz, you may want to take a wait-and-see approach this year.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.