The notch is the best design compromise Apple has ever made – well, that is the bump of the camera on the back of the iPhone. It may be horrible, but the notch on every iPhone that Apple has launched since the iPhone X houses a sophisticated camera and sensor system that brings 3D facial recognition to the iPhone. And that’s the kind of functionality I would choose every day via Touch ID or an equivalent fingerprint-based security system.
In other words, the Galaxy S20 is absolutely gorgeous with its tiny perforation camera. It’s the full-screen design that Apple isn’t yet able to offer, at least not without sacrificing Face ID functionality. That’s why the iPhone 12 will still have a notch on the top. But reportedly, Apple is working on a brand new camera technology that will allow it to significantly reduce the notch frame without abandoning the face unlock feature.
Several Android vendors are already working on under-display cameras and some of them have even shown working prototypes. However, the technology isn’t ready for prime time, as the quality of the selfies can’t even adapt to modern phones. With such technology in place, Apple could one day put all Face ID sensors under the display. But Apple is also researching a brand new technology that wouldn’t require such sophisticated screens.
Instead, Apple will borrow a type of camera system we’ve seen on various flagships in the past two years, with the Galaxy S20 Ultra being the last to use it. But Apple will use it differently.
The well-known leaker Max Weinbach, who revealed all the secrets of the Galaxy S20 weeks ago, spoke up EverythingApplePro on the Apple iPhone 12 camera plans. In the process, he also revealed that Apple is looking to move all Face ID components into a periscopic lens system. This would allow Apple to reduce the size of the top frame occupied by the notch without removing the Face ID functionality from the iPhone. As a reminder, here’s how complicated the TrueDepth camera system is:
Android phone manufacturers, including Oppo, Huawei and Samsung, have used periscope cameras to improve optical and digital zoom on flagship phones. The Galaxy S20 Ultra is the latest example of a Android phone with a periscope lens. The use of a periscope camera for everything inside the notch looks like science fiction. However, we have no way of knowing if it’s possible, because nobody did it – and remember, this is just a relationship.
Also, nobody had 3D facial recognition on phones before Apple. Many point out that Google first unlocked their face on Android phones, and that’s absolutely true. The same people should also tell you that 2D facial unlocking can be easily circumvented and is not accepted as an authentication method by apps that manage sensitive data, such as internet banking. Google took another two years to replicate Apple’s Face ID, and Pixel 4’s facial unlocking didn’t even perfectly copy Apple’s security measures: you could unlock the phone with your eyes closed.
Returning to the rumors at hand, the report notes that Apple’s technology that isn’t shrinking shouldn’t debut this year and we may not have seen it inside a real iPhone retail for several years. You can take a look EverythingApplePro by take on the entry in the clip below: