Now, it appears that Apple will make this long-awaited change, and rumours are providing some insight into how the company will do so without removing its covered Face ID.
How Apple will Shrink the Notch?
In an interview with DigiTimes (via MacRumors), supply chain sources revealed that Apple is indeed developing a much smaller Face ID system to be implemented on the upcoming iPhone and iPad Pro models, with the first device launching in late 2021, implying the iPhone 13 debut.
To achieve this much smaller notch size, the company will not remove any components or downgrade its Face ID setup, but will instead use a refreshed VCSEL chip for image processing via Face ID, making it up to 40-50 percent smaller than older devices.
This change, along with the repositioning of the in-ear speaker, is thought to be the reason for the notch being noticeably smaller than before, as has been leaked in recent months.
Furthermore, DigiTimes reports that Apple’s redesigned VCSEL chip will lower overall costs; by halving the component’s size, the company will reduce the number of wafers required for production.