We’re days away from Apple’s Far Out event on September 7, which will likely showcase the iPhone 14 series, among other products like the Apple Watch 8 and AirPods Pro 2. And this year, Apple’s flagship phones are said to be will receive one of the biggest design changes this year – lowering its infamous mark.
The elimination of the notch comes just a year after Apple reduced the size of the notch on the iPhone 13 by 20% compared to previous models. This change has affected all four iPhone 13 phones, but this time around, the company’s plan to completely eliminate the notch should only apply to the iPhone 14 Pro.
In this scenario, the iPhone 14 will be similar to its predecessor, retaining the classic look that Apple has given its phones since the iPhone X. Meanwhile, the notch will be replaced in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
As our iPhone 14 timeline shows, initial rumors suggested round holes and pill-shaped cutouts in the center of the iPhone 14 Pro’s display; the first will house the camera, while the second will house the Face ID sensors to unlock the phone. But the latest notch rumor details a different approach: Apple uses a single notch for both the camera and Face ID sensors. It will be a single design in the form of a tablet.
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Assuming Apple opts for this single black inconspicuous cutout for the iPhone 14 Pro display, that’s great news for users. Immediately, such a change means more show property.
Having pixels between the hole-punch and pill-shaped cutouts wouldn’t do much good, as it breaks the flow of the screen, just like the notch. Consolidating cutouts together minimizes display interruptions, opening the door to many app redesign possibilities. Some of these redesigns have already been mentioned in several reports.
One such report suggested that Apple was probably doing this to change the phone’s privacy indicators. According to 9to5Mac (will open in a new tab), privacy indicators – one for the microphone, one for the camera – could be moved to the black notch on the phone. they tell users if the camera or microphone is being used.
In fact, tapping the indicator in real time can tell users which apps are using (or have recently used) the camera and microphone, alerting you if you’re being tracked without your knowledge. This is a winning solution in terms of privacy.
The elongated pill-shaped cutout would also leave much more room for apps to have additional settings or redesign the control panel. A report from 9to5Mac mentions that the camera app could apparently get a redesign – the camera controls could move and sit just below the pill-shaped cutout, leaving a larger view for the camera preview.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are likely to come with 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch displays, respectively. These dimensions, along with Apple’s beautiful display bezels and that new elongated tablet cutout, can make for a stunning display for professionals.
Rumors of a new look for the iPhone 14 Pro display came at the same time that the device also received an always-on display. iOS 16 also brings back a battery percentage icon at the top that would easily fit on the big screen of an iPhone 14 Pro.
That’s a lot of display changes, and a single notch might be the most coveted of all. It’s a more practical way to use space—so much so that we want the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max to embrace this change as well. However, this is apparently not in the plans this time around, but at least the new look is a step in the right direction for half of Apple’s new line of phones.
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