Rumors about Apple’s iPhone 14 range have been bubbling up of late, with a recent leak suggesting a price jump for the Pro and Pro Max handsets, and another hint at a larger camera cutout replacing the notch. Used to be.
According to Ross Young – An expert on supply-chain information regarding displays – Apple will include a circular and pill-shaped camera cutout on the front displays of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max handsets. It’s worth noting that Young thinks that “the tiny hole won’t be invisible”.
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 the pill models from Huawei…let’s look at those new renders pic.twitter.com/Udt8cTKzPZ12 January 2022
As always, this leak may not prove accurate, but Young has a decent track record and coincides with much earlier leaks (and many rumours) that the iPhone 14 range may be losing its iconic notch design.
If this leak is to be believed, the displays on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will feature a dot projector in the small, circular cutout, with the actual front-facing camera IR (infrared) sensor inside a pill-shaped hole. ,
Apple established its dot projector technology for the iPhone’s Face ID biosecurity measure. It places thousands of dots on the user’s face to do a 3D map, which is then read by an IR sensor.
Opinion: Why though?
Apple’s notch has certainly been a divisive topic since it was introduced in the iPhone X in 2017, but the tech giant has stood by its design decision with every handset it’s launched, even calling it Also introduced in the latest MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16.
As smartphones struggled to slim down their bezels over the years, the notch was a solution to the issue of storing the selfie camera, speakers, and other essential tech on the front of the phone without dedicating an entire bar and reducing screen real estate. was the solution.
Other manufacturers have come up with arguably more elegant solutions, such as Samsung’s punch-hole cutout that was introduced in the top corner of the Galaxy S10 range of displays, or (if the patent proves to be accurate) Realme’s upcoming under-display camera.
Despite its reception, the design and shape of the notch have become iconic to Apple, and we’re not entirely sure they have good enough reasons to abandon it at this stage — especially in favor of something that which takes up the same amount of space and in the same position.
If there are two separate holes, why not combine them into one singular, long ‘pill’ – we doubt the small difference in visual performance between the two will be useful for anything. While we’re working on it, Apple may even remove the useless space between this long ‘tablet’ and the top edge of the phone, turning it into a…notch!
Considering Apple’s effort to establish the notch’s synonymous identity with its mobile products, we think it would be reckless to drop it for now, unless there’s a really valid (and marketable) reason for the design shift.
- The iPhone 14 Pro may still have a notch – but it may be too small