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The high-end iPhone 14 Pro models launching in 2022 are expected to have a hole-punch display, according to Korean website The Elec. The 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max are expected to feature the upgraded display, which will do away with the notch used in the current iPhone models.

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The hole-punch cutout will allow Apple to provide a larger display area while still leaving room for the front-facing camera, and it is a design that Android devices have used for a few years now. If Apple does transition to this design, the Face ID hardware will need to be moved under the display.

Two additional non-Pro iPhones, which will measure in at 6.1 and 6.7 inches, will continue to have a notch, with Apple limiting the hole-punch design to the more expensive iPhones. Apple is doing away with the 5.4-inch "iPhone mini" in 2022, and is instead going to offer a four iPhone lineup in 6.1 and 6.7-inch sizes.

The Elec says that Apple will also be sourcing LTPO OLED displays for the iPhone 14 Pro models to allow for 120Hz ProMotion refresh rates, technology already used in the iPhone 13 Pro models this year. Samsung supplied the OLED panels that Apple used for the iPhone 13 Pro models, but Apple could source some displays from LG Display in 2022.

A hole-punch display has been rumored several times before, and notable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said repeatedly that some iPhone 14 Pro models are likely to feature the technology.

Article Link: iPhone 14 Pro Models to Feature Hole-Punch Display
 

anson42

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I'll believe it when I see it. If Apple is keeping Face ID, then it will be interesting how that will be achieved with a single hole punch, though the rumor doesn't specify how big the hole punch will be, like if it needs to accommodate a camera lens and Face ID sensors. A sizable hole punch is not necessarily "better" than a notch.
 

torontotim

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I'll believe it when I see it. If Apple is keeping Face ID, then it will be interesting how that will be achieved with a single hole punch, though the rumor doesn't specify how big the hole punch will be, like if it needs to accommodate a camera lens and Face ID sensors. A sizable hole punch is not necessarily "better" than a notch.

Under display cameras are a thing. Face ID doesn't need cameras - it needs scanners. It's entirely possible they've sorted out how to scan 'through' the display with no need for a cutout.

Of course it begs the question why the massive notch on the MacBook Pro if not to house FaceID in the future. Perhaps a sub-display FaceID would require a thicker module and might not be compatible with mini-LED display tech.
 

junkmail509

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No iPhone mini, no sale. I waited out the four year gap between the iPhone SE and the 12 mini, so I guess I‘ll be fine waiting out another time gap until the next appropriately sized phone shows up. Makes it easier for me to justify shifting my phone budget and upgrading to an M1/M2 iPad Pro next year knowing that there won’t be a phone in my size range.
 
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