A pair of images shared by avid Apple leaker Jon Prosser on Sunday detail what appears to be schematic drawings of a next-generation “iPhone 12” handset, the highest portion of which illustrates a TrueDepth sensor “notch” that’s substantially smaller than existing designs.
Posted to Twitter, one image looks to be a photograph of a CAD drawing just like those seen in past Apple hardware leaks from partner manufacturers. A second illustration, thought to be produced using the knowledge provided by the first schematic, offers a clearer view of the handset’s design with attention on the so-called “notch.”
Both images depict a TrueDepth package that’s significantly more compact than arrays included in flagship iPhones since iPhone X in 2017.
The module layout within the allegedly leaked schematics represents major updates to Apple’s original design. Notably, the earpiece speaker has been moved above TrueDepth to sit down within the smartphone’s thin bezel, thereby freeing up space within the notch and surrounding area. Current iPhone models with Face ID cradle the speaker between important — and physically large — components, with the system’s dot projector and front-facing full-colour camera to the proper, and infrared flood illuminator and infrared camera to the left.
The purportedly new arrangement shows iPhone’s speaker positioned directly above stacked ambient light and proximity sensors, which themselves are moved inward to require a more central location within the array. TrueDepth’s transmitting and receiving element packages, once observed as “Romeo” and “Juliet,” are moved toward the middle.
TrueDepth may additionally see a small reduction tall, but such tweaks are difficult to substantiate without detailed measurements.
While not an outsized change, “iPhone 12’s” smaller notch will offer some additional millimetres of screen reality for end users.
A potential reduction in iPhone notch size was first reported by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who last July predicted Apple to adopt the look in switching to smaller front-facing cameras. Rumours of complete removal of the once-controversial notch followed in September when reports indicated Apple was functioning on prototypes that squeezed TrueDepth’s parts into iPhone’s upper bezel.