iPhone 14 design rumours: What could a notchless screen look like?

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Apple’s next iPhone, which will probably be called that iPhone 14, is probably a few months away, but we’re collecting rumors about the possible design of the iPhone 14 while we wait. There’s a lot we haven’t heard about the upcoming iPhones release datenew features and pricingbut we may have caught a glimpse of his hole-and-pill ad.

We’ll be updating this story as the rumor mill continues, so make sure to bookmark this page for later. Here’s what we’ve heard so far of gossip about a more durable titanium alloy case to a screen without a notch.

iPhone 14 display: Turn down a notch

This has been around for years, but one of the biggest rumors is what the iPhone 14 is habit have. After introducing the notch to the iPhone X in 2017, Apple could finally ditch it this year. According to well-known Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo, the company will trade it in for a smaller pinhole camera in the Pro models. A hole-punch design refers to a display with just a small circular cutout for the front camera, as seen on a number of Samsung launches, including this one Galaxy S22 Ultra and Galaxy Z Flip 3.

Instead of a hole-punch design, display analyst Ross Young believes the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will have one Hole and pill shaped cutout to provide space for the front camera and Face ID. According to a MacRumors report in January, the pill-shaped cutout is meant to hold the front and Face ID cameras, while the hole punch is for the Face ID dot projector.

For now, the notch houses the components that make Face ID work, which means Apple may have to shrink all the tech to make a notch-less iPhone a reality. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman also hinted at the notch’s removal in a September issue of his Power On newsletter, in which he predicted a “complete redesign” for the iPhone 14.

The iPhone 14’s rumored hole-and-pill display appeared in schematics on Chinese social media site Weibo and was later shared on YouTube by leaker Jon Prosser. While we don’t know what the iPhone’s design will look like until it’s revealed, the schematics offer a glimpse of what the next iPhone’s display might look like.

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An alleged schematic of the iPhone 14 display shared by Jon Prosser on YouTube.

Jon Proser

iPhone 14 camera design: crash

Another design feature rumored to be on Apple’s hit list is that chunky camera hump. The iPhone 13 range features a protruding camera hump that houses two or three lenses, depending on the model. According to Prosser, who has a hit-and-miss record of precision, the iPhone of the future will eliminate the bump entirely, which could mean a thicker casing for camera components. According to Prosser, the iPhone 14 body will be a “fat boy”. But could it be thick enough to hold all that camera hardware without the chunky rear camera setup? I take that rumor with a grain of salt.

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Early renders of the iPhone 14 by Jon Prosser suggest a notch-less design and a flush camera arrangement.

Jon Proser

iPhone 14 body: Stronger and lighter

Speaking of the case of the iPhone, Prosser also said The iPhone 14 Pro could get a titanium alloy body replacing the stainless steel for the first time. This rumor was first mentioned in a July report from JP Morgan Chase’s China office. Apple has previously used titanium alloys in select Apple Watch models, including the series 7. The titanium alloy is comparable to steel in toughness and weighs less than stainless steel. Titanium is also more resistant to scratches, corrosion and bending.

Does the iPhone 14 work?

Probably not. To be clear, we cannot say for certain that a Foldable iPhone will ever see the light of day, but I have hope that it may happen in the next few years. According to a Bloomberg report published in January, Apple already has a working prototype of a foldable iPhone display, but hasn’t confirmed a timeline for its launch. Other media outlets, including Taiwan’s Economic Daily, have set 2022 as the year when the foldable iPhone will bear fruit, while others suggest 2023. However, display analyst Ross Young suggests The foldable iPhone could be delayed until 2025.

Remember the iPhone 13 was an incremental Upgrading from iPhone 12. That means it might set the stage for a major design overhaul when the iPhone 14 or 15 launches, just like Apple overhauled the looks of its phones with the iPhone X.

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