Leaked iPhone 12 display shows the notch isn’t shrinking

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There’s new evidence the iPhone 12 notch will be the same size it’s been for years.
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A supposed image of the iPhone 12 display hardware shows that the screen cutout in the upcoming handset remains the same size as in its predecessors.

Earlier this year, we heard unconfirmed reports that this feature, usually called the notch, would shrink considerably in the iPhone 12. That’s not going to happen, if the image that leaked out Thursday is legit.

The picture was posted to Twitter by Mr-white, who is still building a reputation as a reliable source of insider Apple info.

Mr-white says only “Same Face iD Size,” so there’s not much else to be gathered from the image. There’s no indication of the size of the screen, for example.

iPhone 12 notch size is all relative

The iPhone notch makes room for front-facing sensors. There’s the required camera, of course, but also scanners used by Face ID facial recognition. That limits Apple’s ability to shrink or remove the screen cutout.

But while the actual size of the notch might not change, its relative size will. Apple is reportedly prepping models with 5.4 inch, 6.1 inch and 6.7 inch displays for release this autumn. The screen cutout will appear significantly different on the various sizes of display.

But the reports from earlier in 2020 went farther than perception. In April, drawings from two separate sources showed the screen cutout in iPhone 12 would be substantially smaller. In one, the various components are packed together more tightly.