The notch might finally start to slim down in iPhone 13

The iPhone 13 notch size supposedly might shrink a bit.
The iPhone 13 notch might be shorter than the current version.
Artist’s concept: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The notch in next year’s iPhone 13 allegedly is getting slimmed down a bit. It’ll be just as wide but not as tall, according to a tipster with history of inside information on upcoming devices.

While most iPhone users seem to have become reconciled to the notch since it debuted in the iPhone X back in 2017, few will complain when Apple can finally get rid of it.<!– –>

A first step in that direction will supposedly happen in the next major upgrade, not the model expected later this month, according to a tip from Ice Universe. They said via Twitter that, “iPhone13 still continues the notch design, but notch is shorter.”

Ice Universe isn’t one of the best-known Apple tipsters, as they concentrate mostly on Android devices.

iPhone 13 notch is still necessary

Apple didn’t put a screen cutout in its handsets on a whim. It contains the front-facing camera, and also scanners used by Face ID facial recognition. That limits Apple’s ability to shrink or remove the notch. Wednesday’s unconfirmed report about a shorter notch doesn’t give any hints about how Apple might reduce the size.

And while it might slim down in the iPhone 13, it apparently won‘t happen before then. According to a leaked image of the iPhone 12 display hardware, the screen cutout in Apple’s upcoming handset is the same size as its predecessor. But there might be an exception. The notch in the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini might have to be reduced so it’ll fit in the smaller display.