All three colours of the iPhone X will have black faceplates

Apple will release new iPhones on Tuesday, and all signs are pointing to one of the models being a redesigned iPhone featuring a edge-to-edge screen that is likely to be called the iPhone X.

The most noticeable design feature on the new iPhone will be an edge-to-edge screen except for a noticeable notch holding a series of sensors and cameras protruding from the top. It will probably look something like this picture included in code released by Apple:

Apple NotchAppleThis is a drawing for the upcoming iPhone included in Apple-released code. See the notch on the top of the device?

This iPhone design will come in three colours, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in an note to investors on Friday seen by Business Insider.

But all three colours of what Kuo is calling the “OLED iPhone” will have black faceplates, a change from previous iPhone models in which gold and silver colour options came with a white faceplate.

We believe all OLED iPhone models (white, black & gold casings) have front black-coating glass. This is in order to conceal the structured light transmitter and receiver, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor for better aesthetic design,” Kuo wrote.

Basically, Kuo is saying that Apple is using black faceplates to hide all the 3D sensing technology Apple is cramming into the notch. You won’t have to worry about seeing an ugly white notch if you choose the gold version of the iPhone X.

Here’s a chart from the note breaking down what companies are supplying the technology that Kuo expects to go into the front-facing camera:

“We think the most important applications of 3D sensing will be: (1) using facial recognition to replace fingerprint recognition; and (2) better selfie user experience,” Kuo wrote.

Wall Street analysts hope that the high-end iPhone X will drive a “supercycle” of sales for Apple as it convinces people to upgrade from older models of the iPhone. Augmented reality applications like 3D emoji enabled by the more advanced front facing camera will be a key selling point for Apple.

Apple reveals its newest iPhones on Tuesday. Business Insider will be covering all the news as it happens.


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