Apple’s iPhone 11 (guide), iPhone 11 Pro (guide) and iPhone 11 Pro Max (guide) have landed and (despite serious iOS 13 problems ) word is they’re selling like hotcakes. The problem is millions of buyers might be making a big mistake after what we’ve just learned.
Popular leaker and exceptional render artist Ben Geskin has exclusively revealed Apple’s 2020 iPhone design and it does something fans have wanted few two years: kill the notch. But that’s only half the good news.
The other half, is Geskin reveals Apple has achieved this without having to sacrifice Face ID or its TrueDepth camera system. Instead, Apple has managed to shrink them dramatically so they can be squeezed into a top bezel which is no wider than the bottom or sides of the phone. Looking at the sheer array of sensors this involves makes this a remarkable achievement.
Yes, iPhones do have thicker bezels than most premium rivals (except for one
) but that’s going to be understandable in 2020 when no rival fits such cutting edge facial recognition (again except for one). Geskin says Apple will use this new design to increase the display in the iPhone 12 Pro Max to a massive 6.7-inches, but I suspect the phone’s footprint will be no bigger than the iPhone 11 Pro Max in hand.
In fact, the one question for me is durability. The iPhone 11 range is extremely strong but jamming all Face ID sensors into such a thin space on the edge of the phone suggests Apple has its work cut out making the top of the iPhone 12 similarly impact resistant.
That said, this all-new design is just the tip of the iceberg.
2020 iPhone leaks have already revealed two new screen sizes, ProMotion displays , the return of Touch ID , a move to USB-C and adoption of 5G across the range. One may even fold.
So yes, Apple has done a great job with the iPhone 11 line-up but whether you want to be stuck with an ageing design, 4G and the Lightning port for the next 3-4 years is the bigger question. Personally speaking, I’d wait.