Apple should redesign the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max with thicker photoblocks. The notch should give way to a double whammy, and Face ID could go under the iPhone 15 Pro’s screen.
New iPhones will appear only in a few months, but there are already a lot of rumors. They concern the next generation of Apple, namely the iPhone 14, as well as the iPhone 15, which will be released in 2023. The Cupertino company really needs to redesign these devices, and it’s time to take stock of what’s in store for us.
In 2022, four iPhones should see the light, and Apple should abandon the mini line. The latter has never convinced despite certain qualities (read our iPhone 13 mini test), and the brand is more likely to offer larger smartphones. The 6.1-inch iPhone 14 will be accompanied by a 6.7-inch “Max” version; a strategy reminiscent of the Pro line strategy. There is also talk of a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and a 6.7-inch Pro Max variant.
iPhone 14 Pro: thicker photoblocks and cutout end
For several weeks now, rumors have been circulating about the famous recess. While the iPhone 13 first shrunk it, the notch is still under discussion and many are waiting for it to disappear. It could be heard already this year, when the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max are released.
For the first time, Apple has ditched the notch to offer a double whammy in “pill” form. With this system, Apple will keep Face ID (without putting it under the screen) by integrating the TrueDepth sensors used by this feature into this oblong bump. Another kick, more classic and similar to most Android smartphones, will be on the front to accommodate the camera. Remember that the appearance of the notch will only affect the Pro variants.
On the way to a more visible photoblock
The front end won’t be the only one that will change this year. According to schemes general By Max Weinbach, the photoblocks on the back still need to take up space and be even more protruding. At the same time, the iPhone 13 Pro block protrudes from the case by 3.6 mm; the iPhone 14 Pro will have a thickness of 4.17 mm. The same observation for the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which will be associated with a more impressive “bulge” (4.17 mm versus 3.6 mm for the current model).
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The photo block will also be slightly larger, from 35.01 x 36.24mm on the 13 Pro Max to 36.73 x 38.21mm. In terms of dimensions, small changes are to be expected for the two Pro models. The iPhone 14 Pro will be slightly taller (147.46mm vs. 146.7mm) and thicker (7.85mm vs. 7.65mm) while keeping the width at 71.45mm.
As for the 14 Pro Max version, the height will be almost the same (160.7mm versus 160.8mm at the moment); while the width would decrease very slightly, to 77.58 mm versus 78.1 mm. The thickness would also increase to 7.85mm (versus 7.65mm today) and the camera bump would have to be taken into account.
With the addition of the block, the thickness of the iPhone 14 Pro (Max) would increase to 12.02 mm versus 11.25 mm for the current version.
iPhone 15 Pro: Face ID will be under the screen thanks to Samsung
More information about the iPhone 15 Pro is also in the news. In 2023, Apple will finally be able to offer Face ID under the screen thanks to the efforts of Samsung. The South Korean group’s Display subsidiary is working on new under-screen camera technology, according to The Elec. It is expected to be offered on the brand’s foldable smartphones and later on offered in the Pro iPhone 15 lineup. Promisingly, this under-screen “hidden” camera technology has room for improvement and isn’t completely invisible; as evidenced by the rendering of the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Samsung is looking to refine its process and will work in partnership with Canada’s OTI Luminonics.
True to form, Apple will be exploring various options as well as looking for alternative solutions. We also know that LG Display is developing its own under-screen camera technology.
Punch, transitional solution for Apple?
For Apple, this change will be a major turning point. The company currently offers a variety of sensors, including Face ID, in a notch on the top of its iPhone. The screen will still be drilled to accommodate the front camera; but the American manufacturer can continue to offer its facial recognition system at its own discretion.
This change from 2023 may seem curious as Apple plans to offer tablet-shaped punch-holes for the iPhone 14 Pro. However, the possibility that Apple will opt for a transitional solution cannot be ruled out. Also, the idea to offer a perforated screen on the classic iPhone might have come up then. This would allow the brand to better differentiate its range both outside and inside. According to Mark Gurman, future iPhones should not have the same chip, and the Pro line will be the only one that will benefit from the new engine. “Classic” models will retain last year’s chip.