The iPhone notch will not go away
Apple will eventually remove the notch display design from iPhones next year, after five years of use. Several rumours earlier this year claimed that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will include hole-punch screens. That’s the style that most Android manufacturers are using on their flagships right now, and it was popularised by Samsung.the iPhone 14 Pro phones will have hole-punch screens, which is consistent with prior leaks. Samsung, which will most likely provide the hole-punch OLED screens for Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro versions, should benefit greatly from such a design tweak.
Apple has been using the notch since 2017 to make the most of two separate innovations. On the one hand, it wanted to offer customers a large, edge-to-edge screen. On the other hand, Apple wanted to boost iPhone security with the help of 3D face recognition, a feature unavailable on most iPhone rivals from competitors. The notch achieves that, housing the TrueDepth camera elements that make Face ID possible.
If these iPhone 14 Pro rumors are accurate, Apple will keep using the notch for the regular iPhone 14 models. Apple did reduce the size of the partial bezel this year for the first time since the iPhone X. The iPhone 13 notch is slightly narrower than before.
What’s interesting about the iPhone 14 Pro hole-punch display rumors is that they don’t fully explain what will happen to the Face ID sensor. One expectation is that some Face ID components will go under the screen. Apple has been researching technologies to place face recognition and fingerprint sensors behind the OLED panel. But that’s just speculation at this point.
The iPhone 14 Pro hole-punch design
Korean site The Elec is the latest to report that Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro phones will feature a hole-punch display design. The report says the 6.06-inch iPhone 14 Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone Pro Max will both have hole-punch selfie cameras, according to sources.
The regular iPhone 14 models will also come in 6.06-inch and 6.7-inch sizes. Other reports also offered the same claims. The larger model will replace the iPhone mini and will sell as the iPhone 14 Max. The cheaper iPhone 14 handsets will get notch designs like the iPhone 13 models.
The report says that the iPhone 14 Pro models will have LTPO TFT OLED panels similar to those used in the iPhone 13 Pro versions. These displays support the dynamic 120Hz screen refresh rates that Apple just introduced with this year’s Pro models.