Apple just launched the new iPhone 12 series a few months ago, October 13, 2020, and the rumor mills have already moved on reporting on the alleged features of the next-generation iPhone 13. As per the recent report by the Taiwanese supply chain outlet, DigiTimes, Apple is set to release a completely new Face ID system with a redesigned smaller notch and improve ultrawide lens.
Before the launch of the new flagship smartphone series, it was reported that Apple will equip iPhone 12 with a smaller notch. A mixed track record Apple leaker @Jon Prosser shared blueprints of the alleged shrink notch and its components; (from left to right) infrared camera, flood illuminator, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, front camera, and dot projector. At the time, Prosser claimed that housed part would work for Face Id authentication. Although the Cupertino tech giant did not change the notch in the current flagship iPhone series, the company might introduce it in the upcoming iPhone 13 line-up.
Apple will introduce a new Face ID system iPhone 13 with a new Ultra-wide lens house in a smaller notch
Similar to Prosser’s claim, DigiTimes states that the new smaller notch in iPhone 13 would have a flood illuminator like the LiDAR scanner for better depth and detail detection and upgraded Ultra-wide lens.
The next-generation iPhones’ Face ID system will see some design changes with the size of the notch at the top of the screen to shrink and their ultrawide angle lens upgraded from 5P to 6P, the sources said.
The new design integrates Rx, Tx and flood illuminator into the same camera module, similar to that of a LiDAR scanner in the back camera module, to enable smaller notch sizes, the sources stated.
A Japanese blog MacOtakara corroborates this claim. Based on information from Chinese suppliers, the publisher reported that Apple will allegedly increase the thickness of all four models of iPhone 13 by 0.26mm and reduce the size of the notch “to slim down the notch, Apple will need to integrate small changes to reduce the overall size of the smartphone’s TrueDepth components. This may be done by changing the position of the top receiver to reduce the size of the TrueDepth camera.”
The report further details that iPhone 13 Pro models will a new larger CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) while the base models will be equipped with iPhone 12 Pro CIS.
The sources revealed that the Pro family of the next-generation iPhones reportedly will feature a newly-designed CIS, while the other models will adopt the CIS used by the iPhone 12 Pro devices. The CIS will be supplied mainly by Sony, the sources said.
Previously, DigiTimes also reported that all four models of iPhone 13 will ship with sensor-shift camera stabilization, instead of just the Pro Max model like the current iPhone 12 Pro Max variant. The iPhone 12 Pro Max sensor-shift camera stabilization is a major selling point, which stabilizes the camera sensor, instead of just the lens for a better photography and videography experience. All the news of advanced tech in the next-generation iPhone has made us excited for what to come.