The notch will remain even if the iPhone 14 drops it


Ah, Mr. Notch. He’s been around for a while and first became an international celebrity when he designed the iPhone X cover.

Okay, the iPhone isn’t a magazine and the notch isn’t really a person, but we can definitely treat it as one of those celebs that nobody really likes, but they’re everywhere anyway.

According to many reports, the forthcoming The iPhone 14 will finally drop the notch in favor of cutouts for its front camera and Face ID sensors.

But unfortunately for us who don’t like having a notch on our devices, the iPhone 14 won’t mark the end, not at all. The thing is indeed here to stay, and in fact it’s starting to appear on some of our other devices alongside phones right now…

Notched laptops are just getting started

Apple’s iPhone 13 isn’t the only device with a notch right now. The latest 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models both feature a more iPhone-like notch that cuts into the top center of their displays.

Was this just Apple taking an iconic design trait from their iPhone to their flagship MacBooks? Maybe, but it’s far more likely that the company simply doesn’t have a better option at the moment for its new Pro laptops to have super-slim bezels around the screen, but also a front-facing camera.

This camera has to go somewhere, after all, but the bezels are too thin for it to fit, so… a notch!

But the Cupertino-based company with the healthy fruit logo isn’t the only company whose laptops now have notches — Windows PC makers have done it by making reverse-notched laptops.

For example, if you’re currently looking for a gaming laptop, you’re likely to come across the Lenovo Legion 7 and its inverted notch, which looks like this:

That’s just another way of making room for a front-facing camera while trying to have narrow bezels. Is it better than the standard notch we’re all familiar with? It’s up to you to decide.

The Lenovo Ideapad 3, ThinkPad Z16, several modern HP laptops and more from different manufacturers all now contain a notch. Yes, you probably haven’t even noticed, but the notch is slowly creeping up on your laptops.

And until the under-display cameras are good enough, we should certainly expect that many upcoming laptops will continue to get either standard or reverse notches for their front cameras.

That’s what we get when we aim for super-thin bezels. But there’s another device besides laptops that’s ahead of the curve when it comes to striving for those…

Scored tablets are just getting started

In our current test of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra We weren’t even upset about the lack of a headphone jack or the fact that this tablet has a MacBook Pro-esque notch. And the reason for that is simple – it’s just so thin, with bezels so tiny, that it doesn’t fit a headphone jack or its dual front cameras. For the latter, Samsung has therefore decided to incorporate a notch.

And just like laptops, we can expect upcoming flagship tablets to take a step up as the bezels around their displays get smaller and smaller, to the point where there’s no room for a front-facing camera.

Phones with a drop notch are on the rise

They used to be everywhere, now teardrop notches are more reserved for budget phones, but ultimately they’re not going away anytime soon either.

In fact, we only recently saw a preview of such an upcoming teardrop notch phone – the Samsung Galaxy A33 5G.

Budget phones are an insanely profitable (and crowded) market, and it’s safe to say these won’t be moving to pinhole cameras, let alone underexposed ones, any time soon. Because of course it’s cheaper to just have a teardrop notch.

From budget offerings from Samsung to Motorolas and Xiaomis under $250 – some of them The best budget phones currently come with a teardrop notch. And while this isn’t a new trend for phones the way tablets and laptops are notches, we should expect it to live on for at least a few more years.

What do you think of notches on laptops, tablets and phones?

There we have it — the hard truth that we’ll be living in a world full of nicks for at least a few more years, if not more. Unless, of course, under-display cameras are improving fast, falling in price, and making their way onto phones, tablets, and laptops soon enough. It will surely happen at some point, but soon – probably not.

Anyway, what do you think of it? Are you cool with a notch on your laptop, tablet or phone? Cast a vote below and share your thoughts in the comments section!