We’re days away from Apple’s Far Out event on September 7 which will likely see the launch of the iPhone 14 series, among other products such as the Apple Watch 8 and Airpods Pro 2. And this year, Apple’s flagship phones are said to be undergoing one of the biggest design overhauls this year, dropping its infamous notch.
The elimination of the notch would come just a year after Apple reduced the size of the notch on the iPhone 13 by 20% compared to previous models. This change affected all four iPhone 13 handsets, but this time around the company’s plan to remove the notch completely is only meant to involve the iPhone 14 Pro.
In this scenario, the iPhone 14 would resemble its predecessor, retaining the classic look that Apple gave its phones starting with the iPhone X. Meanwhile, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max would see the notch replaced by a cutout.
As our iPhone 14 notch timeline shows, early rumors suggested circular perforations and pill-shaped cutouts in the center of the iPhone 14 Pro screen; the former would house the camera while the latter would take Face ID sensors to unlock the phone. But a last-minute rumor details a different approach, with Apple using a single cutout for the camera and Face ID sensors. It will be a unique pill-shaped design.
Assuming Apple opts for this single, low-profile black cutout for the iPhone 14 Pro display, that’s great news for users. Right off the bat, such a change means more display space.
Having pixels between the punch-hole and pill-shaped cutouts wouldn’t be of much use, as it disrupts the flow of the screen just like the notch did. Assembling the cutouts minimizes display disruption, while opening the doors to many redesign possibilities among applications. Some of these redesigns are already mentioned in a few reports.
One such report suggested that Apple was probably doing this to redesign the phone’s privacy indicators. According to 9to5Mac (opens in a new tab), the privacy indicators – one for the microphone, the other for the camera – could be moved to the black cutout of the phone. these let users know if the camera or mic is in use.
In fact, tapping a live indicator could then tell users which apps are using (or have recently used) the camera and microphone, alerting you if you’re being tracked without your knowledge. It’s a winning solution from a privacy perspective.
An elongated pill-shaped cutout would also leave a lot more space for apps to have additional settings or redesign the control bar. The 9to5Mac report mentions that the camera app could apparently get an overhaul – the camera controls could move and sit just below the pill-shaped cutout, leaving a wider view for the camera preview.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will likely feature 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch displays, respectively. Those sizes, along with Apple’s gorgeous display panels and that new elongated pill cutout, could translate to a stunning display for the pros.
Rumors of a new look for the iPhone 14 Pro display come at the same time as the device was designed to get an always-on display as well. iOS 16 also brings back the battery percentage icon at the top, which would easily fit on the big screen of the iPhone 14 Pros.
That’s a lot of display changes, and the single cutout may be the most welcome of all. It’s a more convenient way to use space – so much so that we wish the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max embraced the change as well. It’s apparently not in the cards 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.