Rumor mills claim that Apple will introduce a redesigned display in iPhone 14 Pro with a new “Pill + Hole” notch. However, the company will skip the new notch in the iPhone 14 base models.
Commenting on Apple’s future plans, display analyst, Ross Young states that Apple will upgrade the display of the entire iPhone 15 series with the “Pill + Hole” notch.
Starting from iPhone X in 2017, Apple released the Face ID feature by placing facial scanning sensors and selfie-camera components in the notch which also increase the size of the display. However, the notch has been irksome for some customers, especially in landscape mode.
Although the tech giant reduced the size of the notch in the iPhone 13 series, it plans to eventually remove it in the coming years.
After shipping the “Pill+Hole” notch across iPhone 15 series, Apple will remove it in iPhone 16 Pro models in 2024
The only way to remove the notch is to replace it with an under-the-display Face ID and camera system. Although several Android smartphones like Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, Xiaomi Mi Mix 4, Vivo Apex 2020 and ZTE Axon 30 5G feature under-the-display camera, the technology is not perfect and does not deliver high-quality results.
Previously, it was reported that iPhone 14 Pro models and iPhone 15 Pro models feature new “punch-hole” display with the Face ID and selfie camera system under-the-screen. Although Young agreed that iPhone 14 Pro Max will remove the notch, now he claims that Apple is going to take its time to perfect the under-the-display technology before releasing it.
According to Young, the tech giant will introduce the smaller “Pill+Hole” notch in iPhone 14 Pro models in 2022, will feature it across iPhone 15 series, and then release iPhone 16 Pro models with a new under-the-display Face ID and punch hole camera system. In 2025, the tech giant will replace the notch with an under-the-display Face ID and camera across iPhone 17 series. He wrote that;
Based on the technical challenges remaining for under panel cameras to meet discerning brands quality requirements as well as panel manufacturers’ cost requirements, I still believe this roadmap makes sense for the iPhone.
It is also reported that iPhone 15 might feature a periscope telephoto lens, and ditch the physical SIM slot.