iPhone 16 Rumors: Hole-Punch Cutout and Dynamic Island’s Future
While the iPhone 15 series is still fresh in the market, rumors about the iPhone 16 are already making waves. One of the most intriguing speculations involves the potential replacement of the Dynamic Island on the iPhone 16 Pro models with a hole-punch cutout.
iPhone 16 Series Could Come with Hole-Punch Cutout?
The Dynamic Island, introduced with the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, has been a polarizing design element housing the front-facing camera and Face ID sensors. Despite mixed reviews, it has undeniably been a conversation starter.
According to tipster Majin Bu, there are ongoing tests of an iPhone 16 Pro prototype featuring a hole-punch cutout in place of the Dynamic Island. This change could eliminate the pill-shaped cutout that has become synonymous with recent iPhones.
However, conflicting opinions exist. Analyst Ross Young from Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) predicts the persistence of the Dynamic Island for at least another year. Young anticipates that all four iPhone 16 models will retain the Dynamic Island, with the Pro models seeing notable changes in the form of larger screens.
Looking ahead to 2025, Young envisions more substantial alterations. Non-Pro models are expected to match the screen sizes of the Pro models, meaning both iPhone 17 and iPhone 17 Pro will boast a 6.3-inch display, while iPhone 17 Plus and iPhone 17 Pro Max will each have a 6.9-inch screen.
Young’s predictions extend to the persistence of the Dynamic Island on non-Pro models in 2025. Additionally, he anticipates the first-time inclusion of the ProMotion 120Hz display on the more affordable iPhones. For the iPhone 17 Pro series, Young speculates that Apple will transition to an under-display Face ID module with a hole-punch cutout on the screen. This shift would mark a significant design advancement, eliminating the need for visible cutouts on the display.
Pokdepinion: While I wouldn’t be surprised to see something like this happen, I figured they would stick with the current Dynamic Island look a little while longer. Then again, it might still be the case as they’re simply testing, so it might not pop up next year. We’ll just have to wait and see.