What you need to know
- A new leak adds weight to claims that Apple will ship the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max devices with a hole-punch design
- Face ID will continue to function despite being situated behind the display.
- Leaker @dylandkt has proven accurate in the past.
Reports that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will ditch the notch in favor of a new hole-punch design continue to swirl. Following similar reports from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, leaker @dylandkt now says that the next flagship iPhones are in for some big changes.
Taking to Twitter today, the leaker reports that while the notch is going to be replaced by a hole-punch camera, the Face ID technology will live beneath the screen. Importantly, they say that the move won't hamper performance which is something that had concerned some.
This particular source has proven accurate in the past and correctly predicted the arrival of the latest MacBook Pro refresh, among other products. At this point the number of corroborating reports makes it difficult to believe that Apple isn't at least seriously considering such a design for this year's flagship iPhones.
The use of a hole-punch design will allow Apple to remove the notch entirely and put the front-facing camera in a circular hole in the display. This latest report appears to confirm that the components required for Touch ID can continue to function despite having their view of faces obscured by the display itself.
If all goes according to plan we expect Apple to announce the new iPhones in or around September.
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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.