the iPhone 14 is still a long way off, but rumors are already circulating about it. In that case, we may know a little more about Apple’s future display plans, especially for the iPhone 14 Pro models. This could mark the end of the dreaded notch we’ve had since iPhone X in 2017.
Korean publication The Elec reports that Apple will be using a hole punch cutout for the front camera on the iPhone 14 Pro, similar to what you see on the side best android phones. That simply means that the display takes up almost the entire front of the phone, except for a small hole for the camera lens.
That all-screen experience has led some to say that many top-of-the-range Android smartphones look even better than the latest iPhone 13. We reserve our own judgment, but you can decide for yourself. Still, this report gives some of the iPhone 14 renders we saw recently.
The Elec said that Samsung ordered the necessary technology from Philoptics and Wonik IPS to manufacture the OLED displays. This technology enables more precise laser cutouts for the punches. Apple is apparently interested in using Samsung’s display capabilities for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max by using the Korean company Hole-in-Active-Area (HIAA).
HIAA is currently the most advanced hole punch method in which a laser drills between two of the OLED production steps. It’s hard to pull off, apparently, but Apple has always wanted the best for their phones – what consumers usually pay for.
The Elec noted that the base model iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will continue to have a notch for Face ID. However, The Elec also said the Pro models will continue to feature variable refresh rate LTPO technology in combination with the OLED panels.
Samsung isn’t the only one The Elec said might make iPhone 14 displays. LG appears to want to be a part of the action, particularly with under-display camera (UDC) technology. UDC could be the key to having Face ID under the display and eliminating the need for a notch. LG is also reportedly hoping to increase Samsung’s display offering for the next iPhone, although the company is reportedly still in the testing and development phase.