It is possible that Kuo is talking about this China-specific model, which will ditch TrueDepth sensor needed for Face ID, thereby significantly reducing the size of notch required for the FaceTime camera. For those unaware, the other three iPhone models for next year would include a 6.7-inch, 6.1-inch, and a 5.4-inch OLED screen sizes and the cheaper model with an LCD, as aforementioned and likely to be targeted for Chinese markets only, according to an earlier report.
With the new "rumored" iPhone to be made more affordable for the average consumer, it seems like the makers are trying to assume the role of its competing companies (and iOS) that are renowned for their lineup of both - luxurious and cost-effective smartphones that cater to all types of budget.
As per a report by MacRumors, "The notch has been a controversial design decision since it debuted on the iPhone X in 2017, and it has always felt like a stopgap on the way to an iPhone with a truly edge-to-edge display, so these rumours certainly have some plausibility".
Citing an analyst at Credit Suisse, China Times claims Apple is planning an iPhone model without a notch or Face ID in 2020. Many felt that it hinders the smartphone experience and prevents an edge-to-edge display.
The analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo also believed that by 2021 the iPhones would be notch-less completing the transition to under-screen front cameras and full-screen fingerprint authentication. For now, it seems highly unlikely that Apple will do away with Face ID. By removing all the Face ID sensors and placing the camera and fingerprint sensor under the display, Apple would be able to deliver flawless all-screen iPhones a year later. After Apple released the first beta versions of iOS 13, evidence was discovered inside that 3D Touch may not be needed at all.
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