iPhone 14 Unlikely to Rely on Hole-Punch Design Entirely and May Keep Notch, No Under-Screen Touch ID, Leaker Claims

The iPhone 14 won't rely entirely on a hole-punch cutout to house the TrueDepth camera system, possibly meaning Apple may retain the notch alongside a hole-punch design, according to a new rumor from Weibo.

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Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reported that for at least the high-end 2022 iPhone models, Apple will use a hole-punch design, similar to those of some flagship Android smartphones. Following Kuo's report, Apple leaker Jon Prosser shared renders of what he claims to be the design of the ‌iPhone 14‌.

Even if the ‌iPhone 14‌ introduces a hole-punch design, it will be hard for Apple to abandon the notch altogether, according to a now-deleted post on Weibo from @PandaIsBald. The account, which accurately predicted that the ninth-generation iPad would be announced at the September Apple event, claimed that it is "unlikely" that Apple will replace the notch entirely with a hole-punch cutout, and instead, the ‌iPhone 14‌ may continue to feature a notch but with a smaller footprint.

With the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro, Apple did make the notch smaller in width but slightly taller. Apple did this by shrinking the component sizes of the TrueDepth camera system and reengineering the internals. Apple this year also moved the earpiece to the top of the bezel, freeing up space in the notch.

Reporting on a hole-punch design for next year, Apple analyst ‌Ming-Chi Kuo‌ did not provide details on how Apple will house Face ID on the high-end ‌iPhone 14‌ models if it uses a hole-punch design.

Today's rumor from Weibo claims that Touch ID will not be making an appearance under the display next year, meaning Face ID may continue to be the only biometric authentication option available to ‌iPhone 14‌ users.

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Top Rated Comments

JoshuaBru Avatar
9 weeks ago
Apple clearly has a warehouse full of notch modules and they intend to use every single one of them
Score: 48 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LarrySW Avatar
9 weeks ago
This is what I believe. Apple LOVES having their products be instantly recognizable. They won't make a phone that looks like an Android.
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xxray Avatar
9 weeks ago
This rumor could be wrong, but I find it way more believable. I don’t know why people took that previous iPhone 14 rumor as gospel.

It took Apple 4 years just to reduce the notch 20%, and you think they’re now going to reduce the whole FaceID and notch to just a hole punch in 1 year?
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LarrySW Avatar
9 weeks ago
I still wonder how many of the notch "haters" actually use a notched iPhone. I hardly ever notice or care about the thing in day to day use.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
9 weeks ago
Understandable, why bother innovating if people (I am including myself in that narrative) keep upgrading for some camera improvements alone anyway.

Also, you cannot tell me the notch is not part of their marketing to easily spot an iPhone in the wild / media. Just like AirPods are only available in white for the same reason
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MathersMahmood Avatar
9 weeks ago
If they could just put the touch ID in the power button like the iPad that would be great. I don't care about screen fingerprint sensors. They always play up when you add screen protectors.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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