Since 2017, iPhones have featured a big notch on their displays. It was expected to be phased out this year with the release of the iPhone 13, but they instead reduced its size. Now, according to a recent claim, the notch may eventually be phased out with the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.
The Elec, a Korean technology website, published the report. The storey is based on information obtained from Apple’s display manufacturers, who claim that the next iPhone 14 Pro would include a punch-hole display rather than the standard notch.
According to the source, Samsung has already begun receiving devices for laser punching holes into OLED panels for the 2022 iPhones. However, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max variants may be the only ones with punch-hole displays. The standard iPhone 14 and 14 Mini may share the same notches.
Apple is confidence in Samsung’s capacity to build high-quality punch-hole displays, as Samsung has been doing so since 2019. Samsung will purportedly drill punch holes using their HIAA (Hole-in-Active-Area) technology, which is supposed to be the company’s most advanced method to date.
If the claim is accurate, the iPhone 14 Pro will include a 6.7-inch OLED display with a punch-hole cutout, which will give it the largest screen-to-body ratio of any iPhone.
Apple has thus far relied on Samsung’s LTPO OLED panels, but LG is also developing the same technology. LG has not yet conducted experiments on this technology, which means Apple will likely continue to use Samsung for the time being.