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The following Apple iPhones will be redesigned with flat sides, a smaller bezel and a new 3D sensing camera

Apple’s next iPhone is being redesigned with flat sides, a smaller bezel and a new camera with 3D detection

  • Apple reportedly redesigns its upcoming flagship iPhones
  • Bloomberg reports that the outer chassis is square rather than rounded
  • Premium models reduce the notch of the camera
  • A LiDAR system with 3D detection will also improve the AR capabilities of the phones

Apple’s next flagship iPhone can finally shake up its iconic design.

According to a report by Bloomberg, a new line of iPhone Pros will be redesigned to look more like the company’s current line of iPads, notably using a flat-sided chassis like the one on the iPad Pro.

Citing sources who are familiar with the plans, Bloomberg also says that Apple will opt for a screen that is flat around the edges of the phone, unlike the round design in current models.

The iPhone 11 Pro (shown) has a rounded design, but according to Bloomberg, the successor may come with a flat outer chassis and a flat screen

The iPhone 11 Pro (shown) has a rounded design, but according to Bloomberg, the successor may come with a flat outer chassis and a flat screen

In addition, Bloomberg reaffirmed that two iPhone Pro models, which come with 5G, will come with two more budget-friendly options.

The largest premium model commonly referred to as the ‘Max’ model will reportedly be slightly larger than the current iPhone 11 Max, which has a screen measuring around 6.5 inches.

Pro models come with an array of three cameras, while the cheaper models have two rear cameras.

A front camera notch – the black bezel on the top of the device that houses the selfie camera – will reportedly shrink. Apple reportedly would also like to completely remove the camera notch with subsequent models.

Premium models will also reportedly be equipped with the company’s 3D LiDAR system that can measure the distance of objects within 5 meters and help cameras detect depth.

The system, which originally debuted in Apple’s latest iPad Pro in March, is likely to pave the way for greater augmented reality capabilities, although it’s not immediately clear what they might be.

New hardware improvements will also extend to the processors of the phones, according to Bloomberg, with significant improvements in the phones’ artificial intelligence, enhancing the photos and video as well as augmented reality.

While the phones may be delayed due to obstacles caused by a coronavirus pandemic, Bloomberg says only a few models can be delayed for a few weeks, with most of the company’s releases still on track this fall.

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