According to earlier rumors, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will receive hole-punch displays for the front-facing camera, like many Android smartphones. According to the South Korean resource The Elec, such displays from Apple will be supplied by Samsung and LG.
iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max hole-punch displays will be supplied by Samsung and LG
Rumors that the 2022 iPhone will lose its notch surfaced in March this year, when analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple would start using a small circular cutout design for the front camera. Analysts believe that only the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will receive the new design of the bezel, while the iPhone 14 and 14 Max will retain the already familiar notch.
Samsung, Apple’s key OLED supplier, will supply all hole-punch screens for the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, while Samsung will split orders for larger screens for the iPhone 14 Pro Max with LG, according to fresh data from The Elec.
It’s worth noting that Samsung is the only OLED LTPO supplier for the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. LG has not received a single order for the panel for the iPhone 13; although it took part in the development of screens for current flagships together with Apple.
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Apple iPhone 14 series
According to earlier rumors, the iPhone 14 series will include three smartphones. The company will not release a compact mini version of the device as demand for small smartphones has fallen short of Apple’s expectations.
Many analysts predict that the 2022 iPhones will receive the Apple A16 chipset; which will be made according to TSMC’s 3nm process technology. However, this may not happen. The Information reports that TSMC is facing production difficulties; that threaten to disrupt the launch of mass production of 3nm products.
According to engineers familiar with the matter; the new 3nm processors will not be ready by the time the conventional iPhone 14 is scheduled to launch. However, TSMC is expected to start producing 3nm chips ahead of its competitors anyway. However, delays in the launch of 3nm products could result in lost profits for TSMC.
At the moment TSMC manufactures chips according to the 5nm process technology; and is also preparing to launch the N4P technology, which is an improved version of the 5nm process technology. TSMC intends to start the production of chips based on N4P technology by the beginning of the second half of 2022. However, we will for sure get more information in the few upcoming months.