A newly leaked image claims to offer our first real-world look at the redesigned notch that could be on the way with the iPhone 13. This comes after multiple reports have suggested that Apple plans to reduce the size of the notch with this year’s iPhone upgrade.
As first reported by MacRumors, the Greek technology repair company iRepair obtained what it claims are the front glass panels for the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max. The images clearly show iPhone front glass panels in three different sizes, each of which features a smaller notch.
Also in this image, you can see that the earpiece has been moved above the notch and into the top bezel. This design change was first rumored last year in regards to the iPhone 12 lineup, but it ultimately did not come to pass. Instead, the iPhone 12 features the same notch design as the iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone 11.
While this image does offer a good way to visualize a smaller notch with the iPhone 13, we’d treat it with some skepticism. Again, this design change has been rumored before, and this image could very well show something that was created based on leaked schematics from last year.
But with that being said, the evidence is mounting that the iPhone 13 introduced this year will feature a smaller notch. Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported earlier this month that the iPhone 13 series will feature a smaller notch as one of the “main hardware specification changes.”
The supply chain blog Macotakara also reported in January that the iPhone 13 would feature a smaller notch. This report specifically mentioned that this change would be made possible by the repositioning of the earpiece cutout.
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