Apple’s 2021 iPhones might or might not be called the iPhone 13, but there are a few things beginning to leak out about the new handsets already. According to a new DigiTimes report, we could be set to see a new, smaller notch.

The iPhone’s notch has been the same since its debut in 2017 on the iPhone X, but the 2021 releases could see an improvement in that front according to industry sources.

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.

Other reports have previously suggested a change in the notch’s size this time around, and it’s sure something that people will be keen to see come to fruition. There could be changes around the back of the device as well, with a new image sensor improving the shots the Pro models will be able to achieve.

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.

It’s always important to remember that DigiTimes doesn’t have a stellar record with these kinds of things, although it does have some wins on its record. Given this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the possibility of changes to the notch we’re quite hopeful on that front at the very least.

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