Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro suddenly doesn’t look so attractive anymore

We’ve heard all sorts of rumors about the iPhone 14, covering everything from the camera (apparently it’s getting better) to battery life (apparently it’s getting better). But perhaps the most persistent rumor has involved the notch — or lack thereof.

The iPhone 14 Pro is said to be ditching the notch in favor of a “pill + hole” design containing the front camera and FaceID technology. But if the leaked new billboards are the real deal, the effect on screen real estate might not be as dramatic as we hoped. (Don’t feel like waiting? Check out the best iPhone 13 Pro deals available now.)

iPhone 14 display panels

The new camera cutout doesn’t look much smaller than the notch (Image credit: @SaranByte on Twitter)

Alleged front glass panels for the entire iPhone 14 lineup have appeared on Chinese social media website Weibo, as spotted by MacRumors. While the standard 14 looks a lot like the 13 (except, of course, that it looks like there’s no mini this time around), the 14 Pro is quite different. But not as different as I would have hoped.

iPhone 14 render

Previous renders imagined a smaller – and taller – cutout (Image credit: Angelo Libero)

The notch has long been considered a bane on the iPhone’s supposedly all-screen display since it first appeared on the iPhone X in 2017. But while many hoped the new pill design would free up plenty of valuable pixels, it looks a lot bigger than we expected here. Indeed, it’s about the same width as the notch on the iPhone 13. And it sits even lower on the screen, arguably eating into more viewing area.

Still, while it might not be the groundbreaking design change we were hoping for, there’s still a lot to look forward to with the iPhone 14. Rumor has it that we’re ready for a massively improved camera zoom , as well as the most storage ever included in an iPhone. For every leak in one place, check out our roundup of iPhone 14 rumors. And if you want the best iPhone experience available right now, check out today’s best iPhone 13 deals below.

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