While the design of the iPhone 12 was a marked departure from previous iterations of the Apple phone, the recently released iPhone 13 looks almost identical to its predecessor.
The only real difference, and you have to look carefully to notice it, is the slightly smaller notch on the iPhone 13.
Turning to the iPhone 14, some believe Apple will finally ditch the notch in favor of the hole-punch design that is already common on many high-end Android phones.
News from South Korea The Elec This week, the iPhone maker is proposing to use the perforated display for the first time, if only with the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
That means the regular, cheaper iPhone 14 and a new iPhone 14 Max will stick with the notch, a striking cut that debuted in 2017 with the iPhone X – Apple’s first phone with an edge-to-edge display.
Elec’s claims are in line with reports from trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has said twice this year that Apple will incorporate the punch design into the more expensive models of the iPhone 14.
The anticipated design change suggests that Apple has found a way to keep its Face ID feature reliable, allowing the smarts that power it to be hidden under the display.
“The key to the technology to deliver a full-screen immersive experience is that the display area around the hole maintains resolution and color with other areas of the display,” said The Elec.
It’s also possible that Apple will replace Face ID with Touch ID, as Google did when they switched from Pixel 4 to Pixel 5, although that seems unlikely. However, Touch ID in the display would be a welcome addition for many iPhone owners, especially since face masks prevent Face ID from working and leave people little choice but to enter their passcode every time they use their phone (unless they have an Apple Watch, that is).
As with all leaks and rumors, it is impossible to know the reality until the device lands. In fact, another report just last month suggested that Apple keep the notch for at least another year.
The iPhone 14 is still about nine months away from the market launch, so Expect more speculation about the upcoming device in the meantime.