The Apple iPhone is one of the most anticipated phones, so it is no surprise that people eagerly await leaked info about upcoming models. This time, more information about what the front will look like has surfaced, and it will be remarkably different from earlier models.
According to the Twitter leaker, DylanDKT, this year’s iPhone will come with a hole-punch instead of the notch that has graced the front of recent models. The front camera will be housed in a pill-shaped cut-out. This means Apple has found a way to hide the hardware for Face ID under the screen.
The leaker posted: “I am able to corroborate information regarding a hole punch camera for the pro models of the iPhone 14. Face ID hardware will be placed under the display. As a reassurance to any concerns, the functionality of these sensors have not been negatively affected by this change.”
Dylan, however, is not the first to report the change. Respected Apple watcher Ming-Chi Kuo had revealed last year that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max would look radically different by eliminating the notch and replacing it with a hole punch. However, he didn’t specify the shape of the hole.
Since Apple introduced the notch in 2017 on the iPhone X, it has made minor changes to the feature. While other phone makers have moved mainly on from notches, Apple only recently reduced the width of the notch in last year’s model. The height remained the same, and Apple didn’t even use the extra screen space for anything.
The notch was controversial when Apple released it, with Samsung mocking it with an ad. Some users outrightly hated it, but owners learned to live with it like many features introduced by the Cupertino-based company. It, however, inspired many copycats, with many variations, like the teardrop notch.
Many flagships no longer use a notch, especially Samsung, which uses a cut-out on its premium Galaxy phones. The screen continues above the camera, making it more aesthetically pleasing to look at. This is possible thanks to the advances in slimming down the front-facing camera without sacrificing too much picture quality.
Other phone makers have tried to hide the front camera entirely from view by placing it under the screen. However, that method affects the picture quality and has not become widespread. The selfies come out looking hazed and weak in color. As DylanDKT said in his tweet, placing the Face ID camera under the screen may not affect the performance. This is because the camera is IR-based.
It seems Apple will let the notch remain on the regular iPhone 14, perhaps as a way to differentiate between its models. However, the cheaper iPhone might get the feature down the line.
DylanDKT believes the iPhone SE will get an update this year, with the addition of 5G connectivity and other internal upgrades, although he expects the design to remain essentially unchanged. The iPhone SSE has remained the same since 2020.
We have also heard that Apple is currently making foldable phone prototypes, and it might be a while before the phone enters the market. Analysts have said the release has been pushed further into 2024 as Apple continues to watch the foldable landscape before making any commitment. This is not a strange approach by Apple as it is usually not in a hurry to get on new trends. Even if many other brands crowd the space by then, Apple has enough recognition to sell its own foldable phone.
Another delayed feature is the under-display fingerprint scanner, which other phone makers have successfully implemented. Kuo claimed that the feature would not come until at least 2023. It means Apple’s iPhones will continue to miss Touch ID.