iPhone 13 Notch Isn't Going Away, But Will See a Significant Design Change
The notch has been a mainstay of the iPhone throughout four generations of the device, and the iPhone 13 will be no different, with the notch continuing to remain on the front of Apple's upcoming smartphones. In spite of this, Apple is believed to have one significant design change in store for the notch this year.
As early as October of last year, proven leaker "Ice Universe" said that while the width of the notch will remain the same on the iPhone 13, it will be reduced in height to make it less noticeable.
According to a report from Japanese site Mac Otakara, citing sources within the Chinese supply chain, the iPhone 13's TrueDepth camera array "is getting narrower" because the receiver at the top of the display will move to the edge of the case, suggesting that the notch will be narrower. DigiTimes similarly claimed last month that the iPhone 13 will feature a redesigned Face ID system that will allow for a smaller notch at the top of the screen.
While it is not entirely clear whether the notch will be getting slimmer, narrower, or perhaps both, a reduction in the size of the notch could make the front of iPhone 13 models look different from their predecessors.
Rumors initially suggested that the iPhone 12 lineup would see the first reduction of the notch since its introduction on the iPhone X in 2017, but it now seems that the design change was pushed back into 2021.
The notch has been a point of contention for some iPhone users, who have expressed frustration with the design decision. So while it appears that the notch is here to stay for another year, a reduction of its size on the iPhone 13 may go some way to appeasing notch-critics. The alteration would also offer another reason to upgrade in 2021, as the iPhone's design is otherwise not expected to change significantly.