As reported by 9to5Mac (opens in new tab), respected Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo predicts that the iPhone 14 will adopt a "punch-hole display" which would situate the front-facing camera in the center of the screen, doing away with the more traditional notch display design that anchors the camera to the phone's bezels.
Kuo also states that a 48MP camera will be introduced for two "high-end models," which at this point we suspect refers to the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models, which would be on par with the OnePlus 9 Pro.
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Kuo has also made commented on the screen sizes of the iPhone 14 lineup, predicting these could be 6.1 inches for iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, as well as a larger 6.7 inches for the iPhone 14 Max and Pro Max models.
These screen sizes match the iPhone 13 lineup, but it's interesting to see that a non-Pro version of the Max model could be made available. Kuo has also noted (opens in new tab) that this version of the iPhone 14 could cost under $900 when it launches.
Analysis: positive changes for the iPhone 14?
Firstly, it's worth noting that none of these details are set in stone for the iPhone 14 – though Ming-Chi Kuo has proven to be a trustworthy Apple analyst (and leaker). While any details should be taken with a pinch of salt until confirmed, Kuo's predictions are more informed than most.
It's easy to see why Apple could opt for a punch-hole display design with the iPhone 14. A front-facing camera isolated from the top bezel grants users a bit more screen real estate, and to many looks more aesthetically pleasing than a notch that takes up so much of the screen.
It would certainly represent a design departure for Apple, whose phones have featured a notched display design ever since the iPhone X released back in 2017.
We can't argue with improvements to the camera, either. 48MP would be a huge step up over the iPhone 13's relatively meager 12MP, and something that could really help the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models stand out from the crowd.