No, not sure where these rumours come from!
I was going to mention that you can add the card to Apple Pay and it does show the branding too. A while ago the card was not contactless after RBS had already started issuing contactless as standard, but it didn’t really matter as it could always be added to Apple Pay. It’s contactless now.
My latest renewal card has also “gone flat” like RBS and NatWest standard cards so it’s not embossed any more.
Personally, I preferred the embossed look.