Latest rumours suggest the iPhone 14 will have a quite remarkable new look with the removal of the current ‘notch’ at the top of the display. The replacement will apparently be a lop-sided dual cut-out, a dot and a dash according to display analyst Ross Young.
Part of the reason for the sizeable notch in current iPhones – even though it got smaller with the iPhone 13 series – is the TrueDepth camera, infrared camera and dot projector that powers the Face ID tech. These three things sit in the current notch alongside the front-facing camera and proximity/ambient light sensors as well as a microphone. The front speaker is now above the notch on the iPhone 13 on the top edge of the phone.
Young says in a report for Display Supply Chain Consultants that the new design will still be unique to Apple and it won’t be a single horizontal cut-out as has also been recently rumoured.
The new design would represent a downsizing of the current system – though not a huge space-saving – but it isn’t the first we’ve heard of this – there has been a bit of noise around a design like this before, notably last September on Twitter.
Other associated rumours also came last year from reasonably reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who first pegged the new design as being a Pro exclusive (so for iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max rather than the standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 mini if it appears). He had been talking about a notch-less iPhone as early as March 2021 though.
The new report was surfaced by 9to5Mac. The design would certainly distinguish the iPhone from Android rivals which are usually defaulting to a single cutout. However, the potential new iPhone 14 design certainly isn’t as distinctive from other handsets as the notch.