iPhone 14 Pro models launching next year are likely to come with hole-punch display. A new report suggests that the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max are said to switch to a hole-punch screen design instead of the notch that is seen on all models of the iPhone 13. The base iPhone 14 variant will continue to have a notch display. Apple is reported to also launch three new Apple Watch models in the later part of 2022, possibly alongside the iPhone 14 range.
Korean website The Elec reports that the iPhone 14 Pro with a 6.06-inch display and the iPhone 14 Pro Max with a 6.7-inch display is reported to have a hole-punch display, shifting from the notch design seen on the current generation iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
The hole-punch display design is essentially a small circular cut out placed on the top of the phone screen to house the selfie camera. This design is seen on many Android smartphones already, such as the Samsung Galaxy S21 flagship series, and Apple looks to adopt a similar strategy for its iPhone Pro models next year, if this report is to be believed. Of course, these are very early reports and should be taken with a pinch of salt.
The report adds that Apple will be integrating low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) thin-film transistors (TFT) for the OLED panels on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. These panels were first introduced on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max models this year, and will trickle down to next year's Pro models as well. These LTPO OLED panels will reportedly be supplied by Samsung Display and are said to offer 120Hz variable refresh rate.
Apart from the new iPhones, Apple is likely to also introduce three new Apple Watch models and a significant upgrade to the AirPods Pro. The three models are likely to be the Apple Watch Series 8, new Apple Watch SE model, and a rugged sports edition as well. The upgraded AirPods Pro is likely to integrate a new chip and be completely redesigned.