iPhone 14 Pro design leak shows bizarre hole-and-pill cutout

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Is that a circular hole punch? Or the pill-shaped cutout? Wait, it’s both. According to a fresh leak, the iPhone 14 Pro and its Max sibling will ditch the notch in favor of an odd arrangement, with both a circular and a pill-shaped cutout arranged neatly in a row. Whether that sounds attractive is a matter of debate, but it certainly hasn’t been attempted by the smartphone maker before.

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Display supply chain specialist Ross Young, who has a fairly accurate track record with Apple predictions related to displays, tweeted what appears to be an engineering template for the iPhone 14 Pro model. There are two distinct cutouts, a design we haven’t seen on a phone yet. Samsung offers a bucketload of phones with a single circular cutout, Motorola has a phone with two separate camera dots, and Huawei has been faithful to the tablet-shaped design for the past few years. But never have the two elements been mixed together like this.

We now believe that Apple will have a hole + pill design on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models. The small hole won’t be invisible… the concept of the two holes will be unique to Apple, like the notch, not the same as all of Huawei’s pill models… let’s look at those new renders pic.twitter.com/Udt8cTKzPZ

— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) 12 January 2022

What are these cutouts for? Young mentioned in a later tweet that the circular hole houses the dot projector, while the pill-shaped cutout hosts the front camera and IR sensor. For those unfamiliar with the engineering behind Apple’s Face ID and its TrueDepth camera system, it includes a dot projector that paints more than 30,000 invisible infrared dots on faces to create a 3D map. The infrared camera reads this map and creates an image that matches the template stored securely on the iPhone to unlock the device.

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Young mentioned that the circular hole with the dot projector would not be visible, meaning that only a pill-shaped cutout would be visible to the naked eye. To get an idea of ​​what the real thing might look like, here’s a concept created by a graphics artist named 4RMD,

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Pill 4ARMD concept render.

Nerdshala’ Adam Dowd is still unconvinced that Apple will lose the notch because it goes against the grain. Although, personally, I think it’s high time Apple drop the broad notch and go for a modern design language. But as always, process the latest iPhone 14 Pro rumor with a healthy dose of skepticism.

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