It was first a puncture hole, then it was a pill. However, the latest iPhone 14 Pro rumors claim that the unloved notch could give way to both.
A prediction from Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants – a familiar voice on such matters – estimates that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models will have a “two-hole concept” of more pill-punching.
Young believes the hole could house the Face ID dot projector, while the Face ID selfie camera and infrared camera could be under the pill.
This would allow Apple to do without the notch but keep the selfie camera and all the sensors needed for the Face ID biometric security feature. Many Android phone makers have used pill-shaped cutouts for dual selfie cameras, but Apple may be looking to combine two common designs.
“We now believe Apple will have a hole + pill design on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models,” Young wrote on Twitter. “The smaller hole won’t be invisible … The two-hole concept will be unique to Apple, like the notch, not similar to all of Huawei’s pill models … let’s see these new renderings.”
This is not the first time that we have heard this idea float. In September, the @ShrimpApplePro account tweeted about the potential design, using an image also posted by Ross Young today.
Apple has managed to reduce the size of the notch within the iPhone 13 lineup, making it narrower than in previous versions, but the holy grail is still getting rid of it altogether.
With around eight months before Apple launches the iPhone 14 line, there’s a lot of time for speculation, but Apple has likely already made up its mind (whatever it is) ahead of production this summer.