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Apple to shrink notch on next iPhone thanks to smaller Face ID chip

Ever since the iPhone X was first revealed, we’ve been wondering when Apple may shrink the notch to allow for more screen space. As it turns out, this is something that Apple has been working on, and the new, smaller Face ID array could be ready to ship on this year’s iPhone. 

As reported by 9to5Mac, evidence is pointing towards a smaller notch on the iPhone 13. MacOtakara and Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo have both reported that this year’s iPhone will feature a smaller notch. Digitimes has more evidence of this, with sources telling the site that Apple’s VCSEL chip, which handles Face ID processing, has been shrunk by up to 50 percent. This smaller Face ID chip is already available in newer iPad models.

By shrinking the VCSEL chip, Apple can not only shrink the notch itself on the next iPhone, but the company can also save some money, as less wafers will be needed to produce them.

The iPhone 13 has yet to leak, but with manufacturing set to ramp up over the summer, we’ll likely start to see dummy units pictured in the months to come, ahead of a proper unveiling in September or October.

KitGuru Says: Have any of you used an iPhone since the iPhone X? Would you like to see a smaller notch, or do you prefer the ‘punch hole’ design that many Android flagships are using nowadays? 

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