Gurman: Smaller notch on iPhone 13 to be followed by an even smaller notch on iPhone 14 in 2022
One aspect of the iPhone that remains somewhat controversial is its relatively large display notch. Tucked away within it is Apple’s True Depth Camera system that is responsible for its Face ID facial recognition technology. Many iPhone fans say that they soon don’t notice it in everyday use, although from an aesthetic standpoint, if not a UI/UX standpoint, it is starting to look conspicuous again compared to many Android phones.
In fact, not only has ZTE already released a smartphone with an under-display camera (eliminating the hole-punch altogether), it is about to release a second-generation model. Samsung is also prepping the Galaxy Z Fold3 that will be its first smartphone to eliminate notches and hole-punches as well. Apple is expected to finally start responding to these developments by reducing the size of the notch on the next iPhone, tipped to be called either the iPhone 13 or iPhone 12S. This is expected to be announced in September, or about 8 to 9 weeks away.
Now, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg (who also happens to be one of the most accurate of Apple tipsters), says that he expects Apple to shrink the size of the notch on the iPhone 14 due in 2022. In fact, according to Gurman, Apple “hopes to eventually remove the notch entirely in a future version of the iPhone…”. This is exciting news for fans of truly all-screen phones that have uninterrupted displays. How Apple will achieve this while retaining Face ID isn’t clear, although creating an under-display solution is a possibility. How long it will take to get there, however, is another question -- although the also usually reliable tipster Ming-Chi Kuo forecasts this could happen as soon as 2023 for what would be the iPhone 15.