02 December 2019
Apple is reportedly testing different Face ID setups for 2020 iPhones. The leak is coming from Ben Geskin (@BenGeskin), a well-known concept design maker and somewhat reliable tipster. The latter part is relevant here as even though he has leaked a few information accurately, the overall accuracy ratio has not been that impressive. This is the reason it is advised that you follow the leak with a pinch of salt for the moment.
Geskin tweeted that "a few Face ID prototypes" with new optics for next-generation of iPhones are being tested by Apple. Some of them are said to smaller in width and some are said to be narrower enough to fit within the top bezel. This suggests that we could see 2020 iPhones (presumably named iPhone 12) with a smaller notch than what we have seen Apple offering so far. It should be less intrusive for those who do not like notches at all.
He further added that Apple is also considering making changes to the antenna lines. He said that 2020 iPhone prototypes with >1mm wider antenna lines are being tested. This change is under consideration as part of Apple's plans to offer 5G support in future releases. Even the antenna line material is said to be undergoing a change as plastic will be replaced with something new like glass, ceramic or sapphire.
Additionally, there is a new report about iPhone SE 2 mentioning that LG Display could be a display panel supplier for the upcoming budget iPhone. Its panels are currently said to be under quality check by Apple to ensure that they match the iPhone standards. If these checks result in success, LG display panels will be used in the iPhone SE 2 that is rumored to arrive in early 2020. If the report is true, we should be hearing more about this in the coming weeks.