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Apple iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max to only show one punch hole, not two

The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will have plenty of camera hardware beneath their displays. (Image source: Ian Zelbo)
The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will have plenty of camera hardware beneath their displays. (Image source: Ian Zelbo)
For months, leaks have suggested that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max would feature dual punch hole displays, a design that few Android OEMs have toyed with in the last few years. According to reliable sources, this will not be the case. Instead, Apple will resort to a software trick to bridge the gap between the pair's front-facing cameras and Face ID hardware.

Mark Gurman and MacRumors claim that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will not look quite how dozens of leaks have presented the pair. To recap, the iPhone 14 Pro series are expected to be Apple's first flagship smartphones since the iPhone 7 series to launch without a notch. Instead, Apple has adopted punch hole displays, a technology that has been maturing for a few years. However, the consensus was that Apple would release both smartphones with dual punch holes, one for their front-facing cameras and another for their Face ID hardware.

According to Gurman and MacRumors, Apple has decided to go down a different route, apparently because the separation between punch holes 'would look odd during use'. Reputedly, the double punch hole will actually resemble one wider pill shape, effectively mimicking the bottom portion of the notch on the iPhone 13 series. Simply, Apple will turn off the space between the two punch holes, simulating the appearance of one long gap in the display. All this will be done with software though, so you may still see two punch holes in certain lights with the display switched off.

Additionally, MacRumors adds that Apple may expand the blacked-out portions to include status icons or even a squircle shape when showing certain notifications. It remains to be seen how either would be implemented, but an image showing how the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max could actually look has started circulating on Chinese social media. Apple will unveil the iPhone 14 series on September 7, during which it is also expected to launch the Watch Series 8 and the Watch Pro. New budget iPads could also be in the offing, as is often the case when Apple announces new iPhones.

(Image source: Weibo)
(Image source: Weibo)

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Alex Alderson, 2022-09- 1 (Update: 2022-09- 1)