Since the release of the first frameless iPhone a little over four years later, we still can’t stop discussing the solution that Apple has chosen for the location of the front camera and sensors. And it is not known what is still more – opinions about the iPhone bangs, or variations on its theme from Android smartphones… Here you have cutouts-circles, and notches-droplets, and moving out front cameras, and sub-screen options – which manufacturers just do not go to in an attempt to catch up and overtake the Cupertinians.
Are the ideas offered by Apple competitors? Some are devilish (take, for example, the same OnePlus 7 Pro with its hidden front-end), some are not quite (like the ZTE Axon 20, of which almost everyone complained about bugs). Will the apple company listen to the changing trends? Of course not. She creates them.
One can love and hate “Monobrow”, but the fact remains that in the next couple of years we will definitely not say goodbye to her. Why I think so and why it’s good – let’s figure it out.
How Face ID works
I believe that any design solution, even the ugliest one, is justified as long as there is at least some practical sense in it. I truly believe that bangs in iPhone necessary and not annoying at all, but at the same time, in new MacBooks she is a completely disgusting and blasphemous decision that makes me love my last year’s model even more. But more on that another time, but for now let’s focus on smartphones.
The fringe in the iPhone hides a lot of important things – all kinds of sensors, a front camera, one of the microphones, a speaker and Face ID. All of them are important for your smartphone and are involved, if not all the time, then certainly most of it. For example, the proximity sensor is responsible for turning off the display while talking on the phone, which reduces the likelihood of pressing something wrong. And the light sensor, in turn, helps the smartphone to adjust the brightness in accordance with the environment – thanks to it, iPhone screen does not dazzle you at night and stays readable on a sunny summer day. The speaker and microphone, for the most part, do not cause complaints from users (in any case, I have no problems for almost 10 years), but the really interesting components are Face ID and TrueDepth camera, which were first presented to us with the iPhone X in 2017.
Face unlocking is one of those chips, the necessity and convenience of which you don’t think about until you start using them. As soon as I started, there is no turning back. To put it simply, the iPhone projects more than 30,000 points onto the owner’s face, which allows him to be identified quickly and accurately. During the first setup, the smartphone creates a map of your face in order to check it in the future.
I have been for a very long time haven’t changed my iPhone 8 – firstly, I didn’t trust the X / XS line and waited for the next generation, and secondly, I didn’t want to part with the fingerprint scanner built into the Home button. However, after switching to the iPhone 11 Pro, which I still use, I got used to Face ID in a matter of seconds – now my old “eight”, which served faithfully, evokes more pleasant nostalgia than a desire to return. Although those who are still more accustomed to putting their finger on a smartphone may not be upset for now – perhaps the fingerprint sensor will return in the future.
As for front camera TrueDepththen this is really revolutionary, Johnny. The technology includes not only the front camera itself and the dot projector, but also infrared sensors, thanks to which the iPhone recognizes you even in the dark. However, along with Face ID, making face unlocking quick and convenient is not the only function of the front camera (surprise, huh?). The unashamed night mode, Deep Fusion, Smart HDR 3 (or the fourth version in the case of the iPhone 13) are just some of the chips that make the front-facing iPhone one of the best (the best, if you’re interested in my opinion) on the market. There is something special about it that allows us to recognize an iPhone selfie out of a thousand – maybe the grain and quality of the picture, or maybe the very magic of Apple, who knows.
All in all, the iPhone bangs are home to a lot of useful features that make the smartphone experience a truly high-quality and comfortable experience. “But all the same chips could have been hidden somewhere long ago, as others do!” – you say. “You can” – I will answer. Is it necessary?
Front camera under the screen
Why, instead of hiding all the inhabitants of the bangs far away, Apple gathered them in a pile, proudly placed them in the most conspicuous place, and flatly refuses to clean them up? Everything is pretty trite – this is the most reliable and win-win option. Yes, many were unhappy iPhone X design and now they are indignant every time they don’t change him very much again. Yes, these are bangs, a monobrow, ears, horns, rabbit teeth (they have already called redesigned iPhone 13) – the fantasy of sofa critics is enough for a lot. But is the appearance of Apple smartphones so bad that, for the sake of design, they abandon the almost perfect operation of the device? Are bangs bothering you to hide the camera and sensors under the screen, risking the quality of the photo and the accuracy of Face ID?
For example, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Mi Mix 4, which front cameras are hidden under the screen, cannot boast of good image quality. In the case of Fold, I had a chance to see this for myself. Not to mention the fact that from a certain angle the “hidden” camera is still visible and looks like a screen defect or dirt adhering to it. One of the foreign publications at all declaresthat such smartphones are worth buying only for those who “really hate selfies”. If something like that happened to the iPhone, the price of which at the start of sales already increases the pressure for a good half of the population, a wave of criticism and discontent would surely have fallen on Apple. In addition to the usual outbursts of hatred that usually accompany every presentation of the company, I mean.
As for unlocking in the face, it is not easy with Apple’s competitors anyway. What can we say about trying to hide the scanner under the screen – we all remember how not so long ago Samsung smartphones could be easily unlocked with a photograph of the owner. In addition, in March 2020, a user under the nickname Weeman published his post on the official forum of the manufacturer, where he stated that his Samsung smartphone sometimes does not react at all to unlocking attempts or does it very slowly. Other users responded to the publication, sharing the same problems. They were answered by a comment from one of the representatives of the Korean company: “Personally, I have no problems.” Later, some Xiaomi and Huawei devices faced the same problem.
In general, it seems to me that Apple is doing everything right, following a familiar and safe path. Plus, do not forget that the company has only recently reduced the “monobrow” in the new generation of iPhone – even such a seemingly insignificant detail requires a lot of resources and investments. And we are still talking about Apple, which from year to year produces smartphones in the same case.
This is why I think the bangs in our iPhones will remain for a couple of generations, but not at all because it makes smartphones “recognizable”, as is often assumed. After all, in 2021, no one considers the iPhone a status device. Do not take it on credit – here it is, a real luxury.
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