This year it seems that iPhone 13, will be the first since 2017 to modify the size of the notch. That kind of eyebrow that the smartphones of Apple for four years and that, according to all the information, although the North Americans are not going to eliminate them completely, they have decided to do for leaving them in the front of their terminals for a few more generations but in a less conspicuous way.
With that already on the table, we might think that little else will change things, but after many years of battle against the thickness of their terminals, everything indicates that from Cupertino they have decided to make important changes in the design of their devices. Apple intends to use a significantly smaller Face ID sensor chip in iPhones and iPads starting later this year, according to DigiTimes.
The iPhone 13 will mount a smaller Face ID with which to save costs
In this case, we echo the news from Apple that reveals that they have decided to reduce the size of the VCSEL chips used in the Face ID scanner. This move will significantly help Apple reduce production costs, as more chips can be mass-produced, reducing overall wafer production.
If we go into detail, the redesigned VCSEL chip will allow Apple to integrate new functions into the component, but DigiTimes (the medium that has published the news), has preferred not to speculate on what they could include. The change if they could choose to free up internal space.
It appears that the smaller chip in Face ID will be used in the new iPhone and iPad devices that go on sale from the end of 2021. The first devices to incorporate the new chip will presumably be the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, as well as the next generation of iPad Pro models.
DigiTimes previously revealed that the notch of the iPhone 13 models will “shrink” in size, becoming smaller thanks to a redesigned camera module that integrates the Rx, Tx, and flood illuminator to allow for size reduction. For their part, Barclays analysts have also explained that a smaller notch in the iPhone 13 models, which will be the result of a “more integrated version of the current structured light system” for Face ID. It’s unclear if the smaller, more established Face ID technologies in the iPhone 13 are related to this smaller VCSEL chip.