iPhone 14 is expected to be launched this September.
Although the 2022 iPhone 14 models are still a few months away, there have been reports & rumors about them already, pointing towards significant changes that will be made to Apple’s newest devices.
Apple is eliminating the 5.4-inch iPhone mini in 2022 due to its unpopularity with customers. Going forward, Apple will focus on larger iPhone sizes for its flagship devices, including a 6.1-inch iPhone 14, a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max. There will be no 5.4-inch iPhone 14 mini this year.
iPhones with Face ID have had a notch at the front since 2017, but that’s set to change with the iPhone 14. It is expected that the iPhone 14 Pro models in 2022 will no longer feature a notch in favor of a new design. For a while, the rumors were all over the place, but it looks like Apple will go for a circular hole-punch cutout for the camera paired with a pill-shaped cutout for Face ID. The more affordable iPhone 14 models will continue to feature a standard notch, and this feature will be limited to the Pro models.
This year, we don’t expect any significant design changes, but the camera bumps on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro might get thicker, with the Pro bump growing more notably. Possibly a purple shade will be introduced by Apple.
It is possible that the iPhone 14 Pro models will feature titanium frames instead of stainless steel frames, and redesigned speaker and microphone grilles are also possible. To minimize the impact of faster chips and 5G connectivity, Apple could also use a new vapor chamber thermal system that will keep the iPhone cooler to attenuate the impact of quicker chips and 5G connectivity.
The iPhone 14 is no exception to the rule that new iPhones typically come with better cameras. The Ultra Wide camera will be improved, and it’s possible that Apple will release a “periscope” zoom lens that offers far larger optical magnification, although it’s still unclear whether this will happen in 2022 or 2023. 48-megapixel cameras and 8K video recording capabilities are anticipated for the Pro iPhone models, but not for the regular iPhone 14 models.
According to rumors, the iPhone 14 models would most likely keep using the A15 processor that was first launched in the iPhone 13 series, while the iPhone 14 Pro models will have an improved A16 processor. It would be the first time that the Pro iPhone models received a speedier processor; Apple may have chosen this course of action to reduce costs and/or address current supply concerns. The Snapdragon X65 processor from Qualcomm, the first 10-gigabit 5G modem with improved connection, is anticipated to be used by Apple. Apple is anticipated to unveil new satellite-based emergency capabilities with the X65 that will enable customers to communicate in an emergency and report accidents without cellular service.
New Face ID hardware design with No Notch (Pro Only)
Apple is attempting to do away with the notch that houses the Face ID technology on at least some of the iPhone 14 models, specifically the Pro ones. With the exception of a size adjustment for the iPhone 13, the notch hasn’t altered much since it was first introduced as a design feature in 2017.
The 2022 iPhone models, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, won’t have a notch; instead, they’ll have a hole-punch design that’s been common on many Android phones. Since then, rumors have changed, and we now know more precisely what to anticipate.
Apple is developing a design that will have both a pill-shaped cutout and a circular cutout rather than simply a single hole-punch cutout. The Face ID dot projector will probably be housed in the circular cutout, while the front camera, Face ID infrared camera, and potentially other parts will be located in the pill-shaped cutout.
The Face ID technology may possibly be integrated into the iPhone’s display, which would reduce the size of the necessary cuts and increase the amount of front-facing screen real estate. Nevertheless, the combined size of the two cuts is not significantly larger than the conventional notch, so don’t anticipate much additional usable display space.
The normal iPhone 14 and 14 Max models will have conventional notches and will resemble the iPhone 13 models, despite the fact that the iPhone 14 Pro models will have a different front-facing camera configuration.
Early iPhone 14 speculations said that all four of the models, which would be released in 2022, will feature ProMotion screens with refresh rates as high as 120Hz, but it appears that won’t be the case.
Future iPhone Speculation
The release of the iPhone 16 Pro in 2024 may herald the arrival of Apple’s first all-screen smartphone. According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the phone might be the first to include both an under-screen front camera and Face ID, while according to display analyst Ross Young, the iPhone 18 will first introduce under-display Face ID.
According to display researcher Ross Young, 2023 iPhones will likely include a dual-hole cutout like the iPhone 14 Pro versions from this year. The same design with the pill-shaped and circular cutouts will be used by all models starting in 2023; the Pro models won’t be the only ones with this feature. The pill and hole design could get smaller, but it won’t happen for a few years before Apple is ready to fully integrate Face ID into the display.
According to Bloomberg and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, in 2023 Apple will decide against using a Lightning port for the iPhone in favor of a USB-C port. As a result, all iPhone 15 models will charge by USB-C instead of Lightning by default.
Although it has been reported by several sources that Apple will continue with Lightning, new laws being passed by the European Union would compel Apple to use USB-C on all of its products sold in Europe. If this law is passed, Apple would have to either modify all of its gadgets, which appears more likely, or sell special USB-C models to Europe.
Based on multiple reports and patents the firm has filed, as well as competition from businesses like Microsoft and Samsung, which have created foldable cellphones, Apple may eventually release a foldable iPhone.
Bloomberg claims that Apple has begun “early work” on an iPhone with a foldable display, although the corporation has not yet made a decision about the release of a foldable gadget. According to rumors, a foldable may debut as early as 2024, although 2025 is the most likely release date.