We’ve already been through a vortex of iPhone 14 Pro leaks and rumours, and it’s only January. Jon Prosser, the host of Front Page Tech, disclosed the design of Apple’s 2022 Pro iPhones a day before the release of the iPhone 13. While no other reports have confirmed or denied Jon Prosser’s iPhone 4-inspired mockups, many OG experts, including Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Ming-Chi Kuo, have endorsed Prosser’s assertions for a new-looking iPhone by claiming, “a redesign is coming.”
Replacing the Special Notch on the iPhone 14 Pro is supposed to teach Android and
“The smaller hole will not be invisible… The two-hole concept will be unique to Apple, like the notch, not similar to all the pill models from Huawei…” Interestingly, this leak/rumor isn’t exactly new. It actually dates back to July 2021, when a Twitter user named ShrimpApplePro showed a backplate design with two punch-holes and a caption “Exclusive iPhone 14”, adding that this was an example of what the iPhone 14’s front camera would look like.
However, lately, the main topic of discussion seems to be focused on only one area of the iPhone 14 Pro’s design, and this is the infamous notch – or rather whatever the notch is going to be replaced by. Initially, Jon Prosser’s leaked renders showed us a Galaxy S22-inspired single punch hole, centered in the middle, while a few months after, rumors started pointing towards a pill-shaped cutout, again placed in the centre of the screen. Well, at least for now, it turns out we can’t accept any of them for legit since the man with a 100% accurate track record when it comes to leaks has weighed in on the topic. Display analyst Ross Young says that he now believes Apple will have a hole and a pill design on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models.
ShrimpApplePro didn’t have an established track record back then, so it probably makes sense that not many took the leak seriously, although I have actually used the image in one of my September editorial pieces, conveniently named “California Leaking”. It has now been confirmed that the backplate design shared by ShrimpApplePro was indeed just an example, which he shared in order to give people a visual idea of what the iPhone 14 Pro’s display cutout will look like. It’s claimed that this is actually a Huawei phone’s backplate design.
Comments with hundreds of likes side with the notch and say this new design is even weirder and more intrusive. They claim it would be more noticeable than the notch. On the other hand, I personally like the idea of a dual-punch hole design, and it even appeals to me more than a traditional single-punch hole. But that’s not important. It’s more interesting to answer the question, “why is Apple doing this?”
iPhone 14 Pro: Brand new dual punch-hole design… Why?! Renders by EverythingApplePro. – iPhone 14 Pro weird notch replacement to teach Android an Apple lesson on design With the lengthy backstory of this leak out of the way, let’s now see how people will respond to it! I don’t know if this is surprising or not, but after the story that broke the news about the dual punch-hole design on the iPhone 14 Pro, many took to Twitter and comment sections on tech websites to complain.
While the new iPhone 14 Pro design isn’t confirmed, we can confidently say it’s now backed by a number of rather reliable figures like Jon Prosser, Ming-Chi Kuo, Mark Gurman, and Ross Young. As Young pointed out, “the two-hole concept will be unique to Apple, like the notch.” We still don’t know if iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will go full “iPhone 4” when it comes to the rest of the design. But if Jon Prosser’s renders are accurate, we should see a new titanium frame sandwiched between two flat glass sheets; circular volume buttons, two elongated speaker units on the button; and virtually no camera bump.
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