When the first iPhone without the notch arrives

The debut of an iPhone without the notch is long awaited by those who have never been in tune with the "notch": the moment finally seems close

Apple would have already decided that the notch has its minutes counted. Between the "notch" at the top of the screen of the iPhone - and recently also of the Mac - and Apple fans the spark has never been sparked, but Apple has so far gone straight for his way.

The indiscretion comes from the Asian newspaper The Elec, according to which Samsung is enriching its park "tools" with machines of Philoptics and Wonik IPS. These products are not unknown to the company: it would already use them within the factories, there are more on the way for a total of several million dollars. The machines will serve to increase the current production of perforated displays, in view of Apple's order that would be ready to abandon the notch (never really loved by fans) in favor of the cleanliness and timeliness of the screens in which there is a hole that houses the selfie camera.

Apple has decided: goodbye notch

In Asia, therefore, they say they are sure that Apple has finally decided to reverse course. Goodbye notch - inaugurated in 2017 with iPhone X - for a solution, such as that of perforated displays, far more modern, although still behind the most cutting-edge solutions, and the reference is to the camera under the screen of Xiaomi Mix 4 or Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3. But Apple makes the conservative approach a boast, a distinctive feature, so after years of notch and Face ID on the iPhone 14 of 2022 - or at least on the Pro and Pro Max variants - there will be a perforated screen.

The indiscretion coming from Asia describes in detail Apple's intentions. First of all, they do not want to give up the quality of the displays produced by Samsung, so Apple considers the "rival" the main supplier of screens for the next generation of iPhones. Samsung will reciprocate the trust by providing Apple with the most advanced technologies available: the HIAA method will be used, which is the most advanced production process but also more complicated than Samsung's because it requires special measures to avoid that, because of the hole, the screen deteriorates and within a few months it must be replaced.

And the construction difficulties are the reason why Samsung orders the best but also the most expensive equipment. Philoptics alone has said it will deliver $27 million worth of machinery to Samsung Display's Vietnamese factories in a period congruent with the production of the iPhone 14 Pro. In the meantime, LG is rumored to be in a race against time to upgrade its factories in hopes of getting a piece of Apple's order for the 120Hz OLED screens of the iPhone 14.

Does Touch ID return?

The fate of 3D facial unlocking remains to be seen, which is difficult to achieve without the various sensors and cameras that are currently the reason for the notch. With that out of the way, it would be next to impossible for Apple to keep Face ID, so who knows, they might not go back to fingerprint unlocking, the never forgotten Touch ID, especially in times of pandemic, with the sensor integrated under the screen.