Apple’s iPhone 13 debuted last year and its successor is probably still some months away. But, it’s never too early for the consumer tech community to start buzzing about what the iPhone 14 might look like. We don’t know much about the next iPhone’s release date, new features or even pricing right now, but the latest rumors suggest the iPhone 14 could sport a notchless design with a pill and hole-shaped cutout. This is in contrast to earlier rumors that the new iPhone would have a hole-shaped cutout.
We’re collecting all the iPhone 14 design buzz and will be updating this story as the rumor mill continues to turn, so be sure to bookmark this page for later. Here’s what we’ve heard so far, from gossip about a more durable titanium alloy body to a possible foldable iPhone.
iPhone 14 display: Turning it down a notch
This one has persisted for years, but one of the biggest rumors is what the iPhone 14 won’t have. After introducing the notch on the iPhone X back in 2017, Apple could finally ditch it this year. According to Ming Chi Kuo, an Apple analyst, the company will trade it for a smaller hole punch camera in its Pro models. 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.
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Instead of a hole-punch design, display analyst Ross Young hypothesizes the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will have a hole and pill-shaped cutout to accommodate for the front-facing camera and Face ID. The pill-shaped cutout is said to hold the front and Face ID camera, while the hole-punch is believed to be for the Face ID dot projector, according to a January report from MacRumors.
Right now, 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 the notch’s removal in a September edition of his Power On newsletter, wherein he predicted a “complete redesign” for the iPhone 14.
iPhone 14 camera design: Bumping down
Another design feature rumored to be on Apple’s hit list is that chunky camera bump. The iPhone 13 lineup features a protruding camera bump, which houses two or three lenses depending on the model. Jon Prosser, a man with a poor accuracy record, believes that the iPhone of the Future will remove the bump completely. This could lead to a thicker chassis for the camera components. According to Prosser, the iPhone 14’s body is going to be a “thick boy.” Prosser claims that the iPhone ‘s body will be “thick enough” to contain all the camera hardware and not have the bulky setup at the back. This rumor is a bit of a stretch.
iPhone 14 chassis: Tougher and lighter
Speaking of the iPhone’s chassis, Prosser also said the iPhone 14 Pro could receive a titanium alloy body for the first time, replacing the stainless steel one. JP Morgan Chase’s China branch first reported on this rumor in July. Apple has previously used titanium alloy in select Apple Watch models including the Series 7. While titanium alloy is tougher than steel, it weighs less than stainless steel. Titanium alloy is also stronger against corrosion, scratches, and bending.
Will the iPhone 14 fold?
Probably not. To be clear, we can’t say for certain whether a foldable iPhone will ever see the light of day, but I’m holding out hope that it could happen in the next few years. Bloomberg reported in January that Apple had a prototype of a foldable iPhone display. However, it didn’t give any details about a launch date. Other outlets, including Taiwan’s Economic Daily, pinned down 2022 as the year the foldable iPhone will come to fruition. Apple analy