Smaller 'iPhone 13' notch resurfaces in glass panel leak

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Photographs of what could be a screen protector for the "iPhone 13" once again give an idea of what to expect from the rumored shrunken notch of the 2021 iPhone range.

[via Twitter/@duanrui1205]
[via Twitter/@duanrui1205]


A number of images have surfaced since the start of 2021, supposedly showing evidence that the upcoming "iPhone 13" will offer users a smaller notch than in previous models. With a rearrangement of the items at the top of the iPhone, Apple will supposedly find the means to shrink down the notch and give users more screen space.

In new images posted to Twitter by Duan Rui, originally sourced from Weibo, a glass panel with a black border is shown to have the usual notch at the top of the screen. As seen in other image-based leaks, the glass panel relocates the gap for the speaker to the edge of the glass panel, enabling the TrueDepth camera array to bunch up and take up less room.

When put against a current-generation iPhone, the notch is still evident, but smaller in the glass panel.



While the Twitter account has previously shared images and other items in the tech rumor field, there's no guarantee that the items being shown are actually the front glass panels of the "iPhone 13," especially when there's no text to accompany the images.

It's entirely plausible the panels shown could be prototype screen protectors created by an accessory vendor in preparation for Apple's fall product launches. In such a case, it is likely the producer used a combination of rumored information, other leaks, and measurements of the iPhone 12 handsets to create the test version.

It certainly seems to use the same physical dimensions of previous prototypes and renders, and even looks similar to glass panels that surfaced in March.

There's no guarantee that the images depict actual Apple products or related accessories. It won't be until closer to the time that more plausible leaks will roll in, though even at that stage there won't be any real confirmation of features and specifications until Apple actually launches its next iPhone generation.


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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    JapheyJaphey Posts: 553member
    When does it stop being a leak if everybody is saying the exact same thing?

    It really doesn’t matter anyway. Those people that don’t mind the notch now will likely feel the same way if it’s smaller. And those people that hate the notch now will likely feel the same way if it’s smaller. Save the champagne for when it’s completely eliminated. 
    watto_cobrapulseimages
  • Reply 2 of 6
    viclauyycviclauyyc Posts: 650member
    Why there is a notch on top of the notch? 

    It looks more like a screen protector 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 6
    XedXed Posts: 840member
    viclauyyc said:
    Why there is a notch on top of the notch? 

    It looks more like a screen protector 
    Regardless of whether this is for an iPhone or not, that notch is a hole to allow audio to pass for a speaker when it's up to your ear. As you can see in the top pic with the current iPhone design, the speaker is more center-center in the bar which helps to widen it. Being able to move the speaker opening to the top would allow the other sensors to move closer to the center which is allowing more of the display to be pulled back in from the sides.
    StrangeDays
  • Reply 4 of 6
    viclauyycviclauyyc Posts: 650member
    Xed said:
    viclauyyc said:
    Why there is a notch on top of the notch? 

    It looks more like a screen protector 
    Regardless of whether this is for an iPhone or not, that notch is a hole to allow audio to pass for a speaker when it's up to your ear. As you can see in the top pic with the current iPhone design, the speaker is more center-center in the bar which helps to widen it. Being able to move the speaker opening to the top would allow the other sensors to move closer to the center which is allowing more of the display to be pulled back in from the sides.
    It might be for speaker but if Apple put it on the edge, it will be more likely to break. I don’t think Apple will do that. 

    Time will tell. 
  • Reply 5 of 6
    XedXed Posts: 840member
    viclauyyc said:
    Xed said:
    viclauyyc said:
    Why there is a notch on top of the notch? 

    It looks more like a screen protector 
    Regardless of whether this is for an iPhone or not, that notch is a hole to allow audio to pass for a speaker when it's up to your ear. As you can see in the top pic with the current iPhone design, the speaker is more center-center in the bar which helps to widen it. Being able to move the speaker opening to the top would allow the other sensors to move closer to the center which is allowing more of the display to be pulled back in from the sides.
    It might be for speaker but if Apple put it on the edge, it will be more likely to break. I don’t think Apple will do that. 

    Time will tell. 
    You don't think Apple would include an earpiece speaker? And it's really only on the edge of the glass, it's top on the edge of the phone as there is metal that rolls around for the casing. We've seen this design for many years in other smartphones.
    StrangeDays
  • Reply 6 of 6
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 11,163member
    Lots of smoke, there is very likely fire... Smaller notch it is.
    viclauyyc
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