Yet although a punch-hole notch would certainly be a first for Apple, it’s hardly a novel design, as Samsung and other phone manufacturers have been producing hole-punch displays since back in 2018. This allows for maximized screen real estate, as it takes up several times less the space that a camera array encased in a notch generally occupies. Although the hole-punch design is more space-efficient, however, both display styles have always each had their respective share of fans.
Apple’s iPhone 13 drew a lot of attention thanks to its new, more efficient processor, longer battery life, and improved display, among other features. Even the front camera notch was reduced by 20% compared to previous models. If all the speculations are true, the iPhone 14 that will be released in 2022 will be nothing short of revolutionary. That is, at least in terms of form factor. The latest in a slew of recent leaks, this time from well-known tipster Mark Gurman, claims that the iPhone 13 would be the first Apple iPhone to ever abandon the front camera notch, which has been a source of controversy for years. According to Gurman, Apple will replace it with a single spherical camera notch that will sit in the centre of the screen.
The likely introduction of a hole-punch display isn’t the only leak that rocked the world of Apple fans this past week, either. Just recently, another rumor appeared to confirm that some of Apple’s iPhone 14 models may arrive with variants lacking a SIM card slot entirely; a concept which had been envisioned for the iPhone 15 previously. Another of the multiple rumored physical changes to the iPhone 14 maintains that Apple could do away with the entire camera bump on the back, in order to make the phone flatter and more compact, as seen in the renders above.
One of the most interesting rumors when it comes to the devices in Apple’s 2022 iPhone series, is the alleged introduction of the iPhone 14 Max: a new model to seemingly replace the now-extinct iPhone mini. The twist is that rather than an extra mini version, the Max will be a giant version to match the size of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, albeit with slightly lesser specs. For example, the refresh rate is rumored to be 60Hz, or half of that of its twin.
Although Apple is one of the toughest nuts to crack when it comes to the dutifully kept secrets of upcoming flagships, various leaks along the way to launch day are simply unavoidable. We’ve kept careful track of every juicy tidbit we’ve found on every model of the iPhone 14 family—and you can visit each of their respective pages for a real-time sum-up of the details we have on them so far.