Lekers have long suggested that the 2022 iPhone models would have two notches at the top of their screen: one for the camera and one for the FaceID system (the “hole + pill design,” as advisor Ross Young put it). A new leak from MacRumors, citing “an anonymous tipster,” suggests the two notches will appear as a single pill-shaped notch when the iPhone’s screen is active.
apple, per MacRumorssource, plans to knock out the pixels between these two notches to create a contiguous black space.
The source also suggests that the company “plans to visually expand the darkened areas around the cutouts to host content.” In other words, the iPhone could potentially take advantage of this black space and change the size of the notch depending on those purposes.
This rumor is consistent with recent patents that have been published, including proposals to separate the phone’s IR light emitter from the primary notch. “The IR light emitter can be placed in a location with less limited space and use the light folding element to project the IR light in a specific direction,” reads the description surrounding those patent claims. “This can reduce the overall size of the imaging and sensing components, reducing the size of a notch for holding the imaging and sensing component and increasing the display area of the device.”
The rumor comes just a week from Apple’s Far Out event, where several new iPhone models are expected to appear. The Pro model is expected to include a new chip, an autofocus selfie camera, and a price hike. We also expect new Apple Watches, including an Apple Watch Series 8, and possible updates to the AirPods Pro line.