With the iPhone 14 launch likely just a few days away, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect. While Apple could still blind us by contradicting the (many, many) rumors, history tells us that the leakers usually get a fair amount right. And a good portion of the leaks have surrounded the infamous “notch” this time around.
We’ve heard that Apple plans to do away with the notch, which has long been considered a scourge of the smartphone’s supposed all-screen design. But a last minute rumor suggests the replacement might not work quite as we thought. (Don’t feel like waiting to find out? Check out the best iPhone 13 deals available right now.)
There have been persistent rumors for some time that the iPhone 14 Pro will replace the notch with a floating ‘pill+hole’ cutout. Numerous renders have been made to show the concept in action, demonstrating what looks like a sideways exclamation point — or “i” (if Apple doesn’t include that in its marketing by making it spell “iPhone,” I’ll be furious. )
But now seasoned Apple leaker Mark Gurman has claimed that this is not how the notch will appear in use. Instead, he says the cutout will look like “one wide pill” because the separation “would look odd when in use.”
It’s not hard to imagine that this is the way Apple chooses. The company is all about symmetry when it comes to design, and the unbalanced pill and hole can be distracting when looking at content. That said, we’ve already wondered if the new cutout will actually free up a lot more screen space – and if the gap is filled, that’s even fewer pixels to play with.
Either way, any change to the controversial notch is bound to make headlines after next week’s Apple event. Since it first appeared in 2017, the design touch has been the subject of ridicule (and memes). Still, it’s not Apple’s biggest design crime.