Analysts: 2018 iPhones will sport a TrueDepth camera system with a smaller ‘notch’

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — Barclays analysts Andrew Gardiner, Hiral Patel, Joseph Wolf, and Blayne Curtis said Apple will launch three new iPhone models this year with a second-generation TrueDepth camera system, which will potentially be reduced in size.

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The TrueDepth camera system is required for Face ID on the iPhone X. A smaller notch would please the critics who say it’s too darn big on the iPhone X. However, as MacRumors notes, an earlier rumor suggested the notch won't be reduced in size until 2019 or later, and it's generally expected that 2018 iPhones will look virtually identical to the iPhone X.