APPLE fans think they’ve spotted a HUGE hint that the next iPhone will come without an annoying notch.
In a recent episode of Apple TV Plus sitcom Ted Lasso, a character wields an iPhone without the intrusive cutout at the top of the display.
The show stars Jason Sudeikis as an American football coach in charge of fictional soccer team AFC Richmond and often depicts Apple products.
Macs, iPhones and even software like Face Time have featured on the show before, which is currently streaming its second season.
In an episode that aired August 27, a character sported an iPhone without the notch that houses the device’s selfie camera and Face ID sensors.
The handset features the iPhone 12 camera array and the yellow and orange default wallpaper that came with iOS 14.
Apple is heavily reumoured to be unveiling four new iPhones during a virtual event in mid-September.
While it would be unusual for the company to reveal details of a product ahead of a launch – the notchless handset feels like a strange coincidence.
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The notch has been a staple of the iPhone’s design since 2017’s iPhone X and is a source of controversy amongst tech nuts.
It’s often criticised for taking up a large portion of the screen. Rivals like Samsung and Huawei removed notches from their phones years ago.
The appearance of a notchless iPhone in Ted Lasso has fanned the flames of rumours that Apple is planning to bin the notch in the not-so-distant future.
However, according to Gizmodo, the appearance is more likely a CGI quirk than a hint at an upcoming product.
“Apple is notorious for its secrecy, so it seems unlikely that this is a deliberate signal that the notch is disappearing from the iPhone 13,” the site said.
“It’s also possible that this was an unintentional goof during the post-editing process.
“After all, there are several close-up shots of iPhones within the same episode where the notch is visibly present.”
Apple typically hosts an iPhone launch event in September each year which it uses to unveil a range of new mobiles as well as other gadgets.
The iPhone 13 isn’t expected to be a huge upgrade on last year’s iPhone 12 – but Apple is always full of surprises.
This year’s showcase is expected to fall on September 14 with the handsets shipping worldwide ten days later.
Leaks and rumours suggest that four models are in the works: The iPhone 13 Max Pro, the iPhone 13 Pro, the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Mini.
They’ll reportedly range in price from around £600/$600 all the way up to £1,500/$1,500.
Of course, Apple hasn’t officially announced a new iPhone or a 2021 September event yet, so take all rumours with a pinch of salt for now.
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