iPhone 14 Pro's new pill and hole design could display camera and microphone privacy indicators

iPhone 14 Pro closeup photo of alleged pill and hole punch shaped cutouts for TrueDepth camera array
iPhone 14 Pro closeup photo of alleged pill and hole punch shaped cutouts for TrueDepth camera array (Image credit: DuanRui / Twitter)

Apple may be taking advantage of the space in between the pill and hole design that is expected to come with the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

As reported by 9to5Mac, a source "familiar with Apple's plans" says that, because of the new pill and hole cutout design on the iPhone 14 Pro models, Apple will move the camera and microphone privacy indicators between the two cutouts on the display.

While it initially seemed like this would essentially be dead space, that’s not actually the case. According to a source familiar with Apple’s plans, the company will use this space to make its privacy indicators for the camera and microphone more visible.

Currently, the camera and microphone privacy indicators show on the right side of the notch. With the new notch or lack thereof, the iPhone will be able to display both the green camera indicator and the orange microphone indicator at the same time if either or both are in use.

Additionally, Apple currently plans to let users tap on these indicators to see a clear list of which applications are using (and perhaps have recently used) the microphone and the camera.

A redesign to the Camera app is also incoming

According to the same source, Apple is going to take advantage of the new pill and hole cutouts and redesign the Camera app, moving many of the controls toward the top of the app:

Controls such as the flash button and Live Photo button are now positioned in the status bar, while more granular photo and video settings are directly below the display cutouts. This change will give users a larger view of the camera preview by shifting the controls upwards and moving some of them into the status bar.

Of course, all of these changes will be exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro models as those are expected to be the only phones to feature the new pill and hole cutouts.

Apple's "Far Out" iPhone 14 event will kick off next week on Wednesday, September 7. In addition to announcing the iPhone 14, the company is also expected to reveal the Apple Watch Series 8, Apple Watch Pro, and AirPods Pro 2.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.