iPhone 14 Pro's Large Pill-Shaped Cutout Will Display Camera and Microphone Privacy Indicators

The large pill-shaped combination cutout that's planned for the iPhone 14 Pro models will display privacy indicators for the microphone and the camera, according to a source that shared details on the MacRumors forums.

iPhone 14 Pro Long Pill Status Indicator Feature
Apple is planning to replace the notch on the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ models with two separate pill-shaped and hole-punch cutouts that will house the TrueDepth camera system hardware for Face ID, but as we learned today, the cutouts will be combined together using software, appearing as a single long, pill-shaped cutout when the iPhone is in use.

The space between the two cutouts will apparently be used to show the orange and green dots that indicate when the camera or the microphone has been activated by an app. At the current time, these indicators are shown to the right of the notch when the hardware is actively engaged, but putting them front and center on the ‌iPhone‌'s display will make it more apparent when the camera and the microphone are in use.

Having the green dot front and center when the camera is active will make the experience of using an ‌iPhone‌ similar to using a Mac. On a Mac, when the webcam is in use, there is a green indicator light that cannot be disabled, with the light located right next to the camera.

Apple will apparently let users tap on the green and orange dots to receive more information about what apps are using the ‌iPhone‌'s hardware. Right now, that data is provided in Control Center, with Apple listing apps that have recently used the camera, microphone, and location.

The forums source claims that Apple will also redesign the Camera app, moving most of the controls to the top of the display to provide users with a larger view of the camera preview, but this change is "still not entirely locked in."

When the privacy indicators are not engaged, the space between the two cutouts on the ‌iPhone 14 Pro‌ models will be blacked out so that it appears as a single cutout. iPhone 14 models will use a standard notch and will therefore likely continue to feature the same hardware indicators that are available on the iPhone 13 models.

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Top Rated Comments

cmChimera Avatar
14 weeks ago
Dope. Good ideas.
Score: 69 Votes (Like | Disagree)
joshuabeg Avatar
14 weeks ago
Sweet! Great idea and way to utilize the space.
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
profets Avatar
14 weeks ago
Now that is a smart use of that space.

But damn, these fun little tidbits I'd like to be surprised with at the keynote or hands on after. My fault for being on MR.
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
14 weeks ago
Woah! these indicators look so cool. I hope Apple makes it bright enough that we can see it with the naked eye. It's these little details... that is why I love Apple and an iPhone.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bassexpander Avatar
14 weeks ago
Good grief. By launch date, it'll be like this, and we’ll call it Apple’s Natch:



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Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zakarhino Avatar
14 weeks ago
Another MacRumors used called it on one of the previous pill threads. Makes a lot of sense. Now we just have to see how the pill will shape shift for additional information.

@ahmedreda spot on!

EDIT: Woah, looks like 9to5's source actually posted on MacRumors using a burner account several hours before any news sites picked up on it:

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/the-new-pill-exclusive.2356478/
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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