On the iPhone 13 series, Apple updated the notch design for the first time this year. The top notches of all four new iPhones are smaller, but they’re still fairly wide. The iPhone 14 will be the first handset to include a hole-punch display, according to a leak that surfaced ahead of the iPhone 13 launch event last month.
Other sources made similar statements, but with one caveat: only the iPhone 14 Pro models will have the hole-punch display designs that aficionados desire.
New reports from Asia appear to back up those iPhone 14 claims, although in a roundabout way. LG appears to be working on hole-punch displays for mobile phones. And it’s possible that these new displays will be for Apple, allowing it to finally dump the notch.
LG’s new mobile device screens
Site in Korean LG is working on two types of display technologies for mobile devices, according to Elec. LG is developing its own screen technology for an under-display camera (UDC). Separately, the business is developing hole-punch screens.
LG would be able to produce next-generation panels for all-screen smartphones using either of these configurations. Both designs, however, are already in use in the business.
Samsung Display is LG Display’s main competitor. Samsung has been producing hole-punch displays for its handsets for a few years. For the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Samsung also built its first under-display camera screen.
The iPhone 14 would be a natural target for LG, especially considering reports that Apple is planning to do away with the notch entirely. LG Display’s new technology, according to the Elec, will be available in next-generation goods from abroad partners. It didn’t mention Apple or any other potential LG customers by name.
Per the source, LG’s hole-punch display would be the first to be released. The UDC screen will appear after that. LG will employ a low-resolution area with 200 pixels-per-inch (PPI) for the screen space above the camera, the report said. The rest of the screen will feature a 400 PPI pixel density. In order to improve photo quality, LG wants to increase light transmittance by 20% by 2023 and 40% by 2024.
LG’s rationale for partnering with Apple
LG’s mobile division was shuttered earlier this year. As a result, LG will no longer produce phones with hole-punch or UDC displays. As a result, Apple is the industry’s primary target. For years, LG Display has been developing OLED panels for mobile phones in the hopes of capturing Apple’s industry.
Samsung was the only OLED panel manufacturer for the iPhone at first. However, stories in recent years have claimed that businesses such as LG and BOE were courting Apple. Samsung, LG, and BOE are all now producing iPhone 13 panels, although Samsung continues to receive the majority of orders.
Regardless of if Apple drops the notch, the same suppliers are anticipated to supply OLED panels for the iPhone 14 series.
Based on prior claims, LG and Apple were covertly exploring screen technologies for future iPhones. Apple wanted to keep the technology a secret from Samsung.
Finally, Apple has invented technology that allows all of the iPhone’s sensors to be hidden beneath an OLED display. Touch ID and Face ID are examples of this. Apple owns a slew of important patents, including several new ones. Nevertheless, Apple would still require a display manufacturer to mass-produce its screens.
The iPhone 14 display collaboration
Although the Elec does not mention Apple, a report from MyDrivers does. According to the source, the iPhone 14 would have a hole-punch display instead of a notch. LG is also said to be working on the technology required to make it happen.
According to MyDrivers, the hole-punch display on the iPhone 14 will not be as thin as recent iPhone 14 renders suggest. It also won’t look like the hole-punch screens that are common on Android handsets. The notch may be gone, but Face ID must remain, and Apple places a strong focus on this. As a result, instead of a notch, a pill-shaped hole could pierce the iPhone 14 screen.
On Android phones with dual-screen selfie cameras, we saw pill-shaped hole-punch displays, including Huawei phones with 3D facial recognition sensors.
While LG Display may produce panels for the iPhone 14 with no notch, it’s likely that Apple will collaborate with other display companies to ensure it has enough displays. Every year, Apple sells around 200 million iPhones. Because Apple has gradually phased out LCD panels from the iPhone, the majority of them have OLED screens.
These reports are impossible to verify. However, MacRumors pointed out that MyDrivers has previously had accurate leaks.