2019 iPhones could feature smaller notch thanks to new tech from Austrian Apple supplier AMS

“Austrian Apple supplier AMS today announced the launch of new sensor technology that could be incorporated into future iPhones to cut down on the size of the notch that houses the TrueDepth Camera System used for Face ID,” Juli Clover reports for MacRumors.

“AMS has developed a new RGB light and IR proximity sensor that’s designed to be installed behind a smartphone’s OLED display, reducing the outside area required for these sensors,” Clover reports. “The company says that its new light and proximity sensor could perhaps result in the elimination of the bezel in its entirety.”

“AMS is the company that provides Apple with optical sensors for the TrueDepth camera system on the iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max,” Clover reports. “While AMS does not list Apple as a customer, analysts believe Apple accounts for approximately 45 percent of AMS’ business.”

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“Sensor specialist AMS is teaming up with Chinese software maker Face++ to produce new 3D facial recognition features for smartphones,” Reuters reports. “So far, China’s Xiaomi is the only maker of Android-based smartphones that AMS has disclosed as a customer. Analysts think Huawei’s Mate20 Pro phones also use AMS’s sensors.”

“Under the new tie-up, Face++ will provide software to process the optical data collected by AMS’s sensors,” Reuters reports. “AMS and the Chinese artificial intelligence software specialist said their corporation would enable manufacturers to offer functions such as facial payments and augmented reality more quickly.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Begone, inelegant kludge! The sooner, the better!

Face ID sensor-maker AMS shrugs off second quarter loss with rise in new orders – July 24, 2018
Austria’s AMS AG, maker of Apple TrueDepth components, warns of short-term demand difficulties – April 24, 2018
Bernstein: AMS AG is biggest winner in Apple’s TrueDepth Camera system – April 10, 2018


  1. Small notch (like really small), in-screen touch ID and 3 camera lenses. They have already been incorporated in the Chinese competitions and already on sale. Nothing new there.
    Apple needs to be an innovator, not a follower.
    No, I am not admiring Chinese competitions, but they have been keenly aware of what consumers really want, proceded with, execute it and present it to the consumers, the kind of things Apple used to excel. At present, Apple is slipping away with a lot of excuses. I want to see them back into their past glory of being an innovator, ahead of trends and making consumers proud.

    1. I agree with that but sadly I think the days when Chinese manufacturers are playing catch up or quick copy and cheap responders are gone, indeed its been a long time since Apple were really truly first with anything, it’s all about doing it by far the best, more elegantly better functionally, ergonomically superior and with better ease of use and soon enough after others have introduced them. This is the first year I have really worried about those aspects being a given. Chinese manufacturers are getting savvy working with Western companies early to assess and obtain new ideas and tech and incorporating it quicker into their phones and much cheaper. The next year of do will be very revealing for the expensive quality end of the business that has worked do well for Apple might start to be threatened if they can no longer offer true advantages beyond branding. It’s why Apples slowness in pushing new products and services as they milk the glory of the iPhone might come back to bite.

  2. ~ it’s all about doing it by far the best, more elegantly better functionally, ergonomically superior and with better ease of use~tell that to my friend whose MacBook Pro keyboard is going south. Yes I know Apple has ‘reluctantly’ offered to repair said keyboard, but I doubt whether it will be upgraded version with membrane.

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