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Apple iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max display panel design leaks with reflective Face ID and pill-shaped camera cut-outs

The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max could resemble this concept render. (Image source: MacRumors)
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max could resemble this concept render. (Image source: MacRumors)
The notion that the iPhone 14 Pro series will feature Face ID hardware and a pill-shaped punch-hole is gaining steam. According to reports, Apple has included two cut-outs in its next-generation displays, but one will be reflective and invisible when using either the iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max. The reflective cut-out will be for Face ID, leaving a pill-shaped cut-out for a front-facing camera.

Earlier this week, leaker @dylandkt asserted to corroborated information about punch-hole cameras in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. As we discussed separately, @dylandkt states that Apple has placed Face ID hardware under the display, allowing it to move on from the notch design that has been a feature of its flagship smartphones since the iPhone X.

Incidentally, a photo showing what appears to be an iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max display panel has re-surfaced online, visualising @dylandkt's claims. Embedded below, the photo shows the display panel's back, which has two cut-outs. Initially, leakers believed that the larger of the two cut-outs was for Face ID hardware, with Apple using the circular one for a front-facing camera.

However, other leakers allege that the circular cut-out is actually for Apple's Face ID module. Additionally, the cut-out is expected to be reflective, meaning that it will not be visible when looking at the display. If that is the case, the status bar on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max could look like the mockup below.

It is worth reiterating that Apple is thought to bring punch-hole displays only to the iPhone 14 Pro series. Hence, the standard iPhone 14 should still feature a notch, albeit the smaller variant Apple introduced last year with the iPhone 13 series. All models are thought to contain the A16 Bionic, believed to be another 5 nm SoC.

The leftmost cut-out is thought to be invisible when looking at the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. (Image source: @VNchocoTaco)
The leftmost cut-out is thought to be invisible when looking at the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. (Image source: @VNchocoTaco)
A mock up of the iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max's status bar. (Image source: @DylanMcD8)
A mock up of the iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max's status bar. (Image source: @DylanMcD8)

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Alex Alderson, 2022-01- 8 (Update: 2022-01- 8)