Apple has said that the notch is needed to house the sensors needed for the front camera as well as the Face ID feature.
There’s been a lot of news about the upcoming iPhone 14 series lately, and it looks like this device is coming with some big changes. In a recent development, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, in his latest Power On newsletter, claims that the iPhone 14 series models will not feature a notch to house a series of sensors. Instead, the phone will have a pill-shaped hole at the top of the screen. Previously, Apple had said that the notch was needed to house the sensors needed for the front camera as well as the Face ID feature. So, it will be interesting to see how the Cupertino-based tech company manages to pack it all in such a small space.
Prior to the new report from Mark Gurman, Korean-based publication The Elec also claimed the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will come with a punch-hole design in the screen instead of a notch. Even the well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed that the iPhone 14 model will have a punch-hole design. Reporting from Gizmochina (3/1), various reports about the same thing almost confirm this development. Apple first introduced the notch with the iPhone X and since then, the design has remained largely unchanged. The notch houses a range of TrueDepth cameras that include an infrared camera, flood illuminator, front camera and dot projector.
Reports also suggest that Apple’s iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will continue to offer the notch, but the Pro models in this series will come with a new pill-shaped punch-hole to house the sensor. Some rumors claim that the company could adopt a laser-based time-of-flight (ToF) architecture for Face ID while other rumors point to a unibody lens design that will help Apple reduce the size of the front camera module.