Apple will most likely change the appearance of the upcoming iPhone 14 series and its best bet is to replace the notch with a punch-hole design. However, a recent report claims that even if Apple uses the punch-hole, not all the models will use this design. The latest media report claims that the iPhone 14 series will come with a punch-hole design. This is also the idea of popular Apple analyst, Kuo Ming-Chi. The punch-hole screen means that the screen has only a circular cutout for the front camera, just like most Android phones today. This design means that many sensors such as Face ID will be removed or moved under the screen.
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As of now, we can not be sure of Apple moving anything under the display. Apple is yet to move the camera under the display. The company has not even used an on-screen fingerprint sensor for its flagship iPhones. Thus, moving the Face ID sensor under the screen may not be feasible for Apple. It may take a few years of work before this sensor can move under the screen. However, this latest report is an offshoot from the speculation that Apple will use the punch-hole camera. Like we said earlier, if Apple uses a punch-hole camera, it has few options for the Face ID. Nevertheless, the company can use a pill-shape punch-hole and use one side for the Face ID. If this is possible, then it is another option for the company to explore.
iPhone 14 series speculations
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 14 series may not use 64GB internal storage. The entire iPhone 13 series starts at 128GB. Apple has no reason to downplay its new iPhones to 64GB.
In addition, LG and BOE have not yet produced 120Hz LTPO displays. However, Samsung alone cannot support such a high shipment volume of iPhone 14. Thus, it appears that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will not use the 120Hz LTPO display.
After canceling the mini version, the new 6.1-inch iPhone 14 will be the cheapest in the series. This will be followed by the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max. However, the cost of the screens purchased by Apple has always been high. Considering that the size of the display is now increasing, the cost is also increasing. Thus, Apple needs to water down some other aspects of the display to keep the cost low.
The 120Hz LTPO panel in the iPhone 13 Pro series is currently only available from Samsung. Apple does not have high bargaining power and Samsung’s production capacity is not enough to support three mobile phones with annual shipments of hundreds of millions of units. Thus, Apple is not only considering the price, it is also looking at the manufacturing capacity of the panel. Nevertheless, the iPhone 14 with 60Hz will be retrograde considering that it will be official in 2022. The use of 60Hz displays is becoming obsolete even for some mid-range smartphones in the Android market.