Road map shows pill and hole replacing notch on all iPhone 15 models


A render shows the pill-and-hole display design.
A render shows the pill-and-hole display design.
Photo: 91mobiles

According to a new prediction, a pill-and-hole display design will replace the notch on all four iPhone 15 models scheduled for release next year. In the upcoming iPhone 14 series, the new design is expected only on the two Pro models.

The prognostication also looks ahead to all sensors and front cameras going under the display starting with some iPhone 16 models. The predictions come in the form of a road map of upcoming releases that display industry consultant Ross Young tweeted Tuesday.

Pill and hole design could replace notch on all 4 iPhone 15 models

Regarding display-related information, Young has a respectable track record for accuracy in his predictions.

In a tweet, he shared a road map showing that both standard and Pro models of the iPhone 15 in 2023 will feature the pill-and-hole layout, or a pill-shaped cutout for Face ID sensors and a hole for the front camera.

Other predictions call for the iPhone 15 series to feature a periscope lens, which could reduce the size of the camera assembly.

This year, only iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models are expected to switch to the pill-and-hole design. The standard iPhone 14 models could retain the same notch as iPhone 13 models.

Next: Face ID and front camera completely under display

Further, Young contends that Apple plans to move Face ID sensors and the front camera completely under the display. If development is successful, he expects it to begin in 2024 with under-screen Face ID on iPhone 16 Pro models.

Under-screen Face ID and an under-screen front camera on iPhone 18 Pro models would follow in 2026.

Young said the pill-and-hole design will give the iPhone 14 Pro a slightly larger screen compared to iPhone 13 Pro.

Analysts expect Apple to introduce the iPhone 14 lineup in September, barring supply chain disruptions. In the Pro models, an upgraded 48-megapixel rear camera is expected to double 4K video recording to 8K.

Young is CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants. Among his Apple predictions, he accurately revealed that the sixth-generation iPad mini would feature an 8.3-inch display and that the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models would feature ProMotion.


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