Notchless Next-Gen iPhone Sudenly Shows Up in Ted Lasso

This model might have been real, but CGI plays an important role in the popular Apple TV+ series so it’s hard to tell.

Screenshot: Apple TV+

The show centers on a folksy American football coach hired to help an undermanned British soccer team, but some gadget enthusiasts noticed something else in the episode: a seemingly notch-free iPhone 13.

Throughout Ted Lasso, Apple products are frequently seen being used, but in one particular scene, a character is seen whipping out her iPhone to check her message. In the above photo, you can see that there was no visible notch. Despite the fact that the back of the phone appears to be an iPhone 12, it does not have the characteristic notch we’ve come to love and respect without any animosity whatsoever. Additionally, the default wallpaper appears to be the same as in iOS 14.

Image: Apple TV+

Considering Apple’s reputation for secrecy, it’s unlikely to be a deliberate signal that the notch is going away on the iphone 13. There have been rumors for months about the iPhone 13 having a hole-punch selfie camera or a much smaller notch. Despite this, this year’s iPhone is not expected to feature a totally notchless display. Another possibility is that this was an unintentional error made during the editing process. In fact, in several close-up shots of iPhones in the same episode, the notch can be seen. Nevertheless, Twitter users did seem to have spotted the notchless phone more than once, so who knows?  

Ted Lasso quite frequently uses CGI, mostly during scenes which show the fictional soccer club AFC Richmond playing in crowded stadiums. (You can check out The Mary Sue for a great video of how extensive these visual effects can be.) There is also an ongoing conspiracy theory that Brett Goldstein, the actor who plays Roy Kent, is also a completely CGI character as a part of the larger Apple conspiracy.¬†Although it sounds far-fetched, given that CGI is a part of the show’s DNA, it is not inconceivable that an editor may have gotten a bit heavy-handed accidentally.

Regardless of whether it’s only a cheeky nod or a massive gaffe, we don’t have to wait too long to see what the iPhone 13 looks like. Rumor has it that the new iPhone series will go on sale on Sept. 17, which means we’ll be hearing more about the launch event very soon.

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