It is possible that this China-specific model is the same iPhone Kuo mentioned with a smaller notch.
The 2019 iPhones are now just months away, and if what the rumors claim is true, there won't be much to get excited about.
Additionally, the notchless iPhone that will be released in 2020 will feature an under-screen front camera and acoustic fingerprint authentication that is full screen. That said, the future iPhones in 2021 would completely use an in-screen fingerprint sensor (TouchID preferably), and it is believed that notch would be ditched completely along with FaceID authentication as well, according to the report, regardless this is still speculative. The report claims Apple will develop its own under-screen fingerprint authentication system rather than depend on an outside partner.
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Continued rumors suggest Apple may remove pressure-sensitive screens from the next generation of iPhone models, bringing about the end of 3D Touch.
Credit Suisse's channel checks, which were presented at the MWC Shanghai exhibition recently, suggest Apple's screen suppliers are working on full-screen displays without cutouts, according to the Business Times. These new iPhones which are going to represent iPhone 11 series, are not going to be 5G enabled and will be launched in 2020.
Meanwhile, Foxconnis also expected to soon start trial production of the latest iPhones in India, following which it will begin full-scale assembly at its factory outside Chennai.
Apple's face-unlocking technology is secure enough to validate mobile payments, something other phone makers have struggled to support with facial recognition, and Apple has even made Face ID a part of the iPhone's marketing campaign.