"Some display industries think that Apple will either drill holes into OLED panels or use BM (Black Matrix) area within displays", mentioned in the report. The publication's latest report suggests Apple's time frame has moved up.
Korea's ET News is claiming Apple will fully ditch the notch from their 2019 iPhone line-up, claiming the company will release two models with OLED displays and a model with an LCD display during this fall with a smaller notch design compared to the current iPhone X.
We don't expect any major changes to the iPhone's design this year; however, three new models are expected including a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone, a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, and an updated 5.8-inch OLED iPhone.
According to ETNews, a Korean website says "Apple made a decision to get rid of notch design starting from 2019 models and is having discussions with relevant companies." said an industry representative.More news: Brazil worldwide midfielder Ramires keen on Premier League return
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As always, it's worth taking these reports with a grain of salt (especially this many months before launch), but ever since the iPhone X was unveiled, the notch has seemed to be a temporary solution for a problem that can't be easily solved. Yet.
Obviously, screen borders are not making a comeback, with Cupertino instead reportedly focused on finding a way to hide the front-facing camera, earpiece speaker and all the Face ID-enabling technology. That means, assuming we see a successor to the iPhone X later this year, it'll still feature the notch, but it'll be the last one to do so.
Of course, the notch isn't there just to make the iPhone X stand out.