iPhone 14 design rumors: Apple could ditch the notch in 2022

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Apple’s iPhone 13 debuted just two months ago and its successor is probably about a year away. But, it’s never ever too early for the consumer tech community to start buzzing about what the iPhone 14 (or whatever Apple decides to call it) might look like. We don’t know much about the next iPhone’s features or even pricing right now, but a slew of rumors suggest the iPhone 14 could sport a notchless design, Wi-Fi 6E support and more. 

iPhone 14 display: Turning it down a notch

This one has persisted for years, but one of the biggest rumours is what the iPhone 14 won’t have. After introducing the notch on the iPhone X back in 2017, Apple could finally ditch it next year. The company will trade it out for a smaller hole-punch camera in the Pro models, according to noted Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo. A hole-punch design refers to a display with only a small circular cutout for the front camera, as seen on a number of recent Samsung launches including the Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy Z Flip 3

The notch is home to the components that make Face ID work, meaning Apple may need to shrink all that tech in order make a notchless iPhone a reality. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman also hinted at its removal in a September edition of his Power On newsletter, wherein he predicted a “complete redesign” for the iPhone 14. 

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The iPhone X made the notch a thing.


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