Gurman again points to iPhone 14 hole-punch screens, rugged Apple Watch, and more

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iPhone 14 render (Image credit: Jon Prosser x RendersByIan)

What you need to know

  • Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 14 lineup later this year.
  • Bloomberg's Mark Gurman again believes a hole-punch display will be used on some iPhone 14 models.
  • Talk of a rugged Apple Watch launch continues.

Apple has a big 2022 in store for us and a new report by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman again backs up expectations that the iPhone 14 lineup is going to bring some big changes. And it isn't just the iPhone lineup that is going to get some love, either.

Writing in this week's Power On newsletter, Gurman again points to big iPhone changes with at least some models ditching the cumbersome notch in favor of something a little less conspicuous — a hole-punch camera design. Talk of a new 5G version of the popular iPhone SE continues, too.

In terms of phones and watches, look for a 5G version of the iPhone SE in the first half of the year, along with a revamped iPhone 14 range with a hole-punch-sized notch in the fall.

In terms of the Apple Watch lineup, we can expect a new Apple Watch SE while the oft-rumored rugged Apple Watch is again being spoken about.

Also in the works are three new Apple Watches: a new SE, a Series 8 and a rugged version aimed at extreme-sports enthusiasts.

As is sometimes the case, however, it isn't immediately obvious how much of this is Gurman reporting on information he's heard from within Apple and its suppliers, or is rather writing out his own wishlist here. That being said, rumors of both a rugged Apple Watch and a hole-punch iPhone 14 design have been circling for a little while now and hopes are high.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.