The long-requested adoption of a hole punch front-facing camera design may finally be coming to fruition next year. The ‘iPhone 14’ Pro and Pro Max models may be dropping the notch finally.
In a report from The Elec, sources have said that Apple’s two upcoming Pro models will have the hole punch camera as a notable pro feature. Sources told the outlet “the 6.06-inch iPhone Pro and 6.7-inch iPhone Pro Max models will have hole-displays.” Meanwhile, the regular 6.06-inch iPhone and 6.7-inch iPhone Max models will continue to have a notch display.
Users have long since criticized the iPhone’s notch as it covers a sizeable portion of the screen. Adopting a hole punch camera design, more real estate of the screen can be used for its first purpose, displaying images, videos, etc.
Additionally, it’s said that Apple will be adopting low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) thin-film transistors (TFT) for the OLED panels of the ‘iPhone 14’ Pro models. LTPO was first used on the iPhone 13 Pro models and is used to enable a 120Hz refresh rate for smoother scrolling and a much cleaner gaming experience. This technology will also prove essential in maintaining a proper full-screen image, keeping resolution and colour array intact across the screen. LG Display is said to be supplying the LTPO displays.
The Elec predicts that the non-Pro models that have a notch will have their displays provided by BOE. These will also not support LTPO displays nor 120Hz. BOE is believed to be supplying LTPO panels to Apple starting in 2023.