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iPhone 12, goodbye notch? A patent leaves hope alive

Tired of the iPhone notch? Probably yes, since it has kept us company for three generations – from iPhone X onwards, so to speak, presented in the "distant" September 2017. Not even the time to enjoy the triptych 2019 consisting of the 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max models that we already talk about what will be (and it's not even the first time, see the rumors that it will be a reprise iPhone 4).

To stimulate the imagination of public opinion, the Japan Patent Office, which in fact goes to "confirm" what emerged last summer following rumors from the East: in July it was said that – sooner or later, perhaps in 2021 – iPhone would give up the notch definitively, passing through a more discreet solution in the year that is about to begin. Now the Japanese patent office has published a document in which Apple shows a "full screen" smartphone, although with edges not really reduced to the minimum.

But be careful: the design explicitly refers to the user interface, and not directly to form factor of the body. Curious, however, to note how the Cupertino company shows the device from multiple angles, even laterally, from which the UI is definitely not seen. It could therefore be one documentation in which Apple probes the ground to test the functioning of the interface in the event that the smartphone does not have a notch, but no other track is to be excluded.

Following an image created by Letsgodigital on the basis of what emerged.

The images do not show any fingerprint sensors, cameras or anything else, but only the front speaker, the side buttons and the bump – the step – of the rear photographic compartment (even if the back remains a mystery).

There are few details provided by the patent, and there is also the risk of running too much with the imagination. We consider this documentation as an additional datum available to us, to be added to all the indiscretions that have emerged so far and to be carefully evaluated. Among these, we mention the stabilized sensor in some variants and 5G connectivity which, according to Nikkei, will be guaranteed by Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 modem.