Apple Expected to Replace Notch With Pill-and-Hole on All iPhone 15 Models

All four iPhone 15 models slated for release next year will feature a pill-and-hole display design that replaces the notch, according to display industry consultant Ross Young, who has a respectable track record with display-related information.

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In a tweet, Young shared a roadmap that indicates both standard and Pro models of the iPhone 15 will feature the pill-and-hole layout, which refers to a pill-shaped cutout for Face ID sensors and a hole for the front camera. By comparison, only iPhone 14 Pro models are expected to switch to the pill-and-hole design this year, with the standard iPhone 14 models expected to retain the same notch as iPhone 13 models.

Young believes that Apple's end goal is to move Face ID sensors and the front camera completely under the display. If development is successful, he expects this transition to begin with under-screen Face ID on iPhone 16 Pro models in 2024, followed by under-screen Face ID and an under-screen front camera on iPhone 18 Pro models in 2026.


Young said the pill-and-hole design will result in iPhone 14 Pro models having slightly larger screen sizes compared to iPhone 13 Pro models.

Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 14 lineup in September, barring any major supply chain disruptions. For the Pro models, an upgraded 48-megapixel rear camera is expected to enable 8K video recording, up from 4K currently.

Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, has in the past accurately revealed that the sixth-generation iPad mini would feature an 8.3-inch display and that the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models would feature ProMotion.

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Top Rated Comments

dannyyankou Avatar
24 months ago
Just make one elongated pill ffs
Score: 33 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PlayUltimate Avatar
24 months ago
Is the notch really so bad that a pill and hole are better?
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
roland.g Avatar
24 months ago
I like the symmetry of the notch over the pill and hole approach. Always though the android phones like that look kind funny.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
IsaacM Avatar
24 months ago
This is a non-upgrade they are selling us as an upgrade.

There is no practical reason this pill is better than the notch.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WaffleBoi_15 Avatar
24 months ago
Notch haters, you did this.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
twocents Avatar
24 months ago
Anyone else a fan of them putting a literal “i” on the iPhone haha
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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