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iPhone 14 Pro Models To Reportedly Sport Hole-Punch Cutout

The iPhone 14 Pro could get a major design refresh, with rumours indicating that it’ll be dropping the longstanding notch in favour of a hole-punch cutout.

iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini. Credit: Apple

Renowned leaker DylanDKT and South Korean tech news outlet The Elec similarly reported that the 6.1-inch ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro and the 6.7-inch ‌iPhone 14‌ Pro Max will sport a pill-shaped cutout, where the front-facing camera will be housed. The Face ID, meanwhile, will be placed under the display.

If these claims are true, Apple’s forthcoming flagships will look dramatically different from its predecessors. Unlike a lot of Android phones, the iPhone wasn’t as quick to adopt an all-screen design for its display, largely retaining the same notch that debuted with the iPhone X throughout its last few iterations. The notch was noticeably thinner with last year’s iPhone 13, but it was still a conspicuous intrusion in what could otherwise be an almost seamless display.

The new rumours were backed up by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg tech journalist Mark Gurman, who both said that the iPhone 14 Pro lineup will flaunt a new look. As for the standard iPhone 14 models, those will likely keep the existing notch.

While there’s a growing number of insiders who are already hinting at a redesign for the iPhone 14 Pro models, it’s still quite hard to verify these rumours, with the annual September launch being about nine months away. What we can say at this point is that it would make a lot of financial sense for Apple to offer the hole-punch display as a premium feature while retaining the older notch design for base models.

DylanDKT also said that an iPhone SE model could come out sometime this year. It will largely retain the design of the 2020 SE but will boast several upgrades under the hood, including 5G network connectivity.

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