18 January 2022
Apple is widely rumored to be planning a major design change for the iPhone 14 series. It is using the notched display design since the iPhone X launch but is now appearing to be ready to say goodbyes. There have been rumors of a punch-hole camera but a new leak has surfaced revealing a design approach that you probably never saw coming.
Ross Young, a Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) analyst, has tweeted that Apple will opt for a "hole + pill design" on both iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. It means the next-gen iPhone models will have both punch-hole and pill-shaped cutouts on the front. He adds that the smaller hole will not be that visible to users.
The idea behind offering both punch-hole and pill-shaped cutouts is to give iPhones a unique identifier similar to how the notch design has been doing it so far. It is believed that if Apple had opted for just a punch-hole, it would have resembled Android phones a lot as they have been offering punch-hole displays for a long time.
Apart from the unique design standpoint, these two holes will also have functionalities. The punch-hole is said to have the dot projector and the pill-shaped cutout will house the front camera and IR sensors. There is no doubt that Young has an impressive track record when it comes to information related to displays but considering this is Apple, we would say take these new design rumors with a pinch of salt.