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Apple’s latest designs have been everything we want, but they also have been unexpected. The iMac 24” still has the infamous chin, which, may I remind you, was expected to be removed, and the latest MacBook Pro has a notch, which was a bit surprising. Apple’s recent design trends have been controversial but iconic. The iPhone 14’s new design will be no exception.
Jon Prosser and Ian Zelbo shared iPhone 14 renders a week before the September 14th Apple event introducing the new iPhone 13 series. Something interesting about these renders was the fact they had no notch and a punch hole instead – but it looked like the hole punches we see on the S21 series and the Pixel 6 series.
Apple won’t do this because of brand recognition as well as the many complex sensors for Face ID that must be included.
A leaked image online previously showed the prototyped cutout for the iPhone 14 with more of a pill-shaped middle cutout rather than the more Android-styled cutout.
Here’s a mockup that is more likely to make it to production than the single-camera cutout.
I stress this because it will differentiate the new iPhone 14 from the older models. That’s the brand recognition that Apple will gain with a more pill-shaped punch-hole display. It will also have a functional purpose regarding Face ID, as not all of the sensors are ready to be put under the display yet. For example, the functionality of the Android cutout is just for the selfie camera – on the S21, that camera has a less secure 2D Face Unlock system.
Apple may make this punch-hole cutout controversial because of the pill shape, but unlike the Android phones with the centered punch hole, Apple has Face ID, and it knows the technology isn’t ready for Face ID sensors under the display, which would negate the need for notches and punch holes entirely.
What do you think about the upcoming iPhone 14?
[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]