We’ve been hearing for a while that Apple is prepared to ditch the notch and go the Android phone way this year with the iPhone 14 Pro models by employing a display punch hole for the selfie camera, and hiding other Face ID components under the screen, like what Samsung did with the Z Fold 3’s camera on the main screen.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro punch hole design
It turns out that Apple indeed intends to use an elliptical punch hole, in the way that, say, Samsung has a dual front-facing camera of the S10 series, but it will house the selfie camera, while a dedicated circular punch hole on its right side will be for a Face ID component. Here’s the supposed iPhone 14 Pro or 14 Pro Max panel from the back to illustrate the setup.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro/Max punch-holes display panel
The cherry on the cake is that the round punch hole is supposed to be reflective, like on the Z Fold 3, and house the dot projector part of the Face ID kit underneath the screen, so the only thing you will be seeing when looking straight at the iPhone 14 Pro/Max displays, will be the pill-shaped cutout.
In fact, the source claims that there might be a new selfie camera on all of the iPhone 14 models, as both the one in the elliptical punch hole of the Pro series, and the cutout in the “refined” notch of the iPhone 14 and 14 Max, are said to be bigger than on the iPhone 13 series, and resemble ones carrying ultrawide angle lenses.
This way iPhone 14 users will be able to fit much more people in the frame when they take selfies, and the Face ID accuracy may be further improved, too. As to what Face ID component will be capricious enough to need housing next to the selfie camera in the elliptical cutout instead of going underneath the display, remains to be heard.
Unfortunately, those of you who were hoping that Apple will equip some iPhone 14 models with both Face ID and Touch ID modules, now that it has started shoving things under the display, will be disappointed. There has been no under-screen fingerprint scanner component attached to the leaked iPhone 14 Pro panel, according to the source, which indicates that Apple may be planning the dual biometric move for a later iPhone edition.