We like or dislike this design, it is clear that Apple has democratized the notch with the release of its iPhone X. There will also be rumours that Apple may present a fresh iPhone model built especially for the Chinese marketplace with Touch ID support.
A couple of years ago, Apple launched iPhone SE which offered an old design with upgraded internal components. Apple is rumoured to be working on a successor to the iPhone SE, which might launch in 2020.
We have been wanting Apple to get rid of the notch just as it got rid of the headphone jack, but the iPhone maker insists that the notch is the only solution to house the FaceID cameras and sensors. But that particular model might be just one of two planned for this year. The latest news coming from the supply chain is that Apple is likely to add yet another LCD-based model to its iPhone lineup for 2020. This could be for two different devices, or could be that Apple is simply sourcing the screens from different suppliers.
The LetsGoDigital report claims that could be the design for the 2020 iPhone, but the leaked sketches and information feels a little out of place and leaves the question of where the front-facing selfie camera will be on the iPhone 12. However, given Apple's now tried and tested Plus ranges of bigger handsets, it wouldn't be hugely surprising if that system applied to the iPhone 9.
According to a prior report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has often correctly forecast Apple's yet-to-be-released hardware, the phone will hit the market as soon as March 2020 after going into production in January. There are some bold moves if the patented design is indeed for the iPhone 12 series or perhaps the iPhone 12 Pro Max. In order to achieve this, the company canceled FaceID, hid the front camera under the screen and used a displayed fingerprint sensor for security reasons. So, it would be interesting to see as to how Apple will give this technology a twist and make it more interesting.