On his Twitter account, Rui points out that he gets his pictures from social media, which is the case here. The images accompanying this article were posted on Twitter after first appearing on Weibo. We should note that there are no markings to indicate that the glass panels in the photos are actually intended for the iPhone 13 series.
The panels could be prototypes of third-party screen protectors. In this case, the dimensions used to create the prototype are usually taken from rumors and even photos of the latest models, which are the iPhone 12 series. Note that in the photos comparing the glass panels to an iPhone 12 model, the notch is visibly smaller.
Glass panels that are supposedly intended for the iPhone 13 series have a smaller notch
If you’re wondering when a notchless iPhone might hit shelves, it could be as early as next year. Forward-looking analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said earlier this year that we could see the notch through 2022 when the iPhone 14 series arrives. Replacing the notch could be a hole for selfies, with an in-display camera replacing the one used for Face ID.