iPhone 14 Pro getting pill & hole punch design in 2022, on all models in 2023

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in iPhone edited March 2022
After adopting the signature notch on the iPhone X, Apple is expected to move away from the design with the iPhone 14 Pro models, which are rumored to have a front display design with both a pill-shaped and hole-punch cutout.

iPhone 14 render
iPhone 14 render


According to analyst Ross Young at Display Supply Chain Consultants, Apple in 2022 is likely to begin moving away from its signature notch to a design that incorporates both a pill-shaped hole for the Face ID sensors and a hole-punch for the front-facing camera.

To start, Apple will reportedly use the new design on its iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models in 2022. The lower-tier iPhone 14, on the other hand, will continue to use the smaller notch design from the previous iPhone 13 lineup.

"This will be another instantly recognizable display shape for Apple," Young wrote, adding that "the pill + hole design is nearly as wide as the notch but will certainly save some pixels above the holes."

In 2023, with the iPhone 15 series, DSCC expects Apple to adopt the pill-shape and hole-punch across all four models that year. Additionally, Young added that the pill and hole "may get smaller" in 2023, though it isn't clear how much Apple could reduce it by.

Going forward, the analyst believes that Apple has plans to replace the standard Face ID unit with under-display facial authentication, placing all of the necessary Face ID elements underneath the display without a visible hole on the front.

"This does require panel redesign for Face ID to operate at high accuracy," Young wrote. "Perhaps the most critical area is replacing the conventional Yb/MgAg cathode on top of the OLED stack, which is not very transmissive in IR regions."

Some potential solutions to the issue could be patterning the cathode materials, using a transparent cathode, or leveraging backside laser drilling. Young believes cathode patterning will be the "preferred approach," and he has heard information suggesting that one supplier has been qualified in this approach for mass production.

However, the under-display Face ID isn't likely to be ready to meeting production timing for 2023. Part of the issue could be related to coordination problems between display and sensor teams, with companies telling Young that they don't expect the under-display Face ID to debut in 2023 at all.

This isn't the first time that young has predicted the hole-punch and pill design for an upcoming iPhone. He first made the prediction back in January, after previous rumors suggested that Apple could use one or the other.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    Both solutions for the front cameras are signature Apple design. The notch looks like the bite out of the Apple in their logo. The pill and hole punch will literally looks like an “i”.
  • Reply 2 of 6
    JapheyJaphey Posts: 1,769member
    I’m not a big fan of that pill and punch-hole solution. Why not just make it one long pill and eliminate the distracting gap in between, thereby preserving the symmetry of appearance? Just my opinion. Though, to be honest, once I have one I’ll probably notice it as often as I notice the notch now. 
    edited March 2022 libertyandfree
  • Reply 3 of 6
    Japhey said:
    I’m not a big fan of that pill and punch-hole solution. Why not just make it one long pill and eliminate the distracting gap in between, thereby preserving the symmetry of appearance? Just my opinion. Though, to be honest, once I have one I’ll probably notice it as often as I notice the notch now. 
    Fully agree, just when Apple finally corrected the MacBook pro design mistakes they now are making new mistakes with the iPhone.  I am lost on why they think this goofy pill + hole punch is superior to a notch.  It doesn’t seem to free up any useful screen real estate and looks really odd and asymmetrical.  Not a fan at all.  
  • Reply 4 of 6
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 2,917member
    For iPhone 16/17; If Apple plan to replace current faceid for under-display facial authentication than the hope for under screen TouchID is over. I have a hard time letting go touchid iPhone to switch over to notch iPhone. I am waiting for under-screen Touchid in iPhone 14 or 15 but that looks like will never happen.
    edited March 2022
  • Reply 5 of 6
    darkvaderdarkvader Posts: 1,146member
    If Apple had any real courage, they'd bring back the bezel and not make screens that look like shit.
  • Reply 6 of 6
    charlesncharlesn Posts: 888member
    Only in Apple World could the fate of a screen notch still make headlines 4.5 years after it first appeared. And no worries about needing the new pill and punch hole display shape to be "instantly recognizable," since the iPhone's very dated, loonng-in-the-tooth design takes care of that. It is, after all, simply a wider and longer version of the iPhone 4. "Hello? Tim? 2010 called and it wants its iPhone back." This design also looked a helluva lot better in the proportions of the iPhone 4 than it does in the iPhone 12 and 13. 

    Apple has done a great job of committing me to its ecosystem, so I'm locked into iPhone by choice, but that doesn't mean I can't covet the design of the newest top of the line Samsung phones. They look sleek and slick, very much a 2020s design instead of warmed over 2010. Can Tim hire Jony Ive freelance, maybe, to design a new generation of iPhones?
    edited March 2022
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