We’re less than three months away from Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 14 range. We’re expecting the iPhone 14 to launch in September 2022, and rumors suggest we could see a redesign, the biggest camera update in years, and more. Keep going below as we round up all the iPhone 14 rumors so far.
What will the iPhone 14 be called?
Given that the iPhone launched in 2021 was actually branded as the iPhone 13, we expect the 2022 iPhone to be the iPhone 14. Whether Apple will ever return to “S” branding remains to be seen, but rumors suggest the 2022 iPhone will be an upgrade big enough to warrant a new number overall.
There’s also a chance Apple will ditch numbers in the iPhone lineup altogether, and simply label new iPhones by size, “Pro” or non-Pro, and year. This would be in line with what Apple has been doing with the iPad range for the past few years.
Apple’s marketing names remain under wraps until the last minute. That means we’ll have to wait until 2022 to hear more about what this year’s release will be officially called.
iPhone 14: No notch, but…
The biggest change we currently expect to see in the 2022 iPhone is the removal of the notch cutout. The notch design was first introduced with the iPhone X and has remained the same ever since. The notch is where Apple houses its sensors for things like Face ID.
Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports that Apple will drop the notch in 2022, starting with the high-end iPhone 14 Pro. Instead of the notch, the iPhone 14 will use a new “pill hole” design. Instead of a simple pinhole cutout used by many Android phones, Apple uses a combination of the pinhole cutout and a pill-shaped cutout.
This allows Apple to integrate the front camera and Face ID hardware while increasing the available screen real estate. March, 9to5Mac exclusively reports that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will have slightly larger screens. This was also confirmed by analyst Ross Young.
- iPhone 13 Pro – 6.06″
- iPhone 14 Pro – 6.12″
- iPhone 13 Pro Max – 6.68″
- iPhone 14 Pro Max – 6.69″
Here’s the technology currently in the iPhone’s notch:
- Infrared camera
- flood illuminator
- proximity sensor
- ambient light sensor
- Front camera
- dot projector
In a report, Young stated:
We now think Apple will have a Hole + Pill design on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models. The smaller hole will not be invisible… The two-hole concept will be unique to Apple, like the notch, not similar to all Huawei’s pill models.
The pill-hole design might not be as ambitious as some had hoped, but it’s the next step in the process of making the iPhone truly full-screen, with no cutouts whatsoever.
No Touch ID
While early iPhone 14 rumors suggested Apple would bring under-display Touch ID to the iPhone, that no longer seems to be the case. More recent reports from Ming-Chi Kuo suggest Apple was forced to postpone under-display Touch ID to 2023 instead.
According to Kuo, Apple has seen “less than expected development progress” in its work to integrate Touch ID into the iPhone display. It’s also possible that Apple will take a less ambitious approach and integrate Touch ID into the iPhone’s power button, similar to the iPad Air and iPad mini. But ultimately, Touch ID isn’t expected to be an iPhone 14 feature this year.
iPhone 14 features the biggest camera updates in years
According to Kuo, the iPhone 14 will also include dramatic improvements to the front camera. The biggest change will be upgrades to the front camera’s autofocus capabilities. Further details are unclear here, but the iPhone’s front-facing camera still has a long way to go to catch up with the rear camera.
As for the rear camera, Kuo says the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be upgraded to 48-megapixels, an increase over the 12-megapixel sensor in the iPhone 12.
Even though the sensor is 48 megapixels, it’s possible that the output images from the iPhone will still have a resolution of 12 megapixels. Similar to some Android phones, Apple could use an intelligent scaling algorithm that takes the raw 48-megapixel data and creates a 12-megapixel output image with more detail and less noise.
Kuo believes the video camera system will also be updated for the iPhone 14, supporting 8K recording for the first time.
Camera Bump is here to stay
While early reports suggested that some models of the iPhone 14 will not feature a camera hump, it is believed that will no longer be the case. In fact, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are expected greater Camera bumps than their predecessors.
Kuo justified this, saying that the wide-angle camera upgrade was to blame:
The main reason for the larger and more prominent rear camera on the 14 Pro/Pro Max is the widescreen camera upgrade to 48MP (vs. 12MP on the 13 Pro/Pro Max). The diagonal of 48MP CIS will increase by 25-35%, and the height of 7P lens of 48MP will increase by 5-10%.
iPhone 14 to use Lightning
For several years, reports have suggested that Apple could introduce a portless iPhone. This iPhone wouldn’t have a Lightning connector — instead, it would be completely wireless. It was once rumored that this would come in 2021, but that didn’t happen.
The portless iPhone is rumored to be something Apple is still testing, but it’s quite a few years away from this point. In fact, Apple is expected to switch to USB-C in 2023. But the iPhone 14 coming this year will still use Lightning.
However, Apple is rumored to be boosting Lightning data transfer rates to USB 3.0 starting with the iPhone 14 Pro this fall. USB 2.0 supports transfer speeds of 480 Mbit/s, while USB 3.0 supports speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s. With 8K video recording on the way, faster data transfer speeds are a necessity.
While some rumors had anticipated that the iPhone 14 could use a new chip made using 3-nanometer technology, that is no longer expected to be the case. Apple’s chip partner TSMC is currently expected to use an improved 5nm manufacturing process for the chip in the iPhone 14, which will likely be called the A16.
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iPhone 14 performance: A big change
The iPhone 14 lineup is expected to herald a major change in differentiation strategy between the “Pro” models and the non-Pro models.
For the first time ever, Apple is expected to only upgrade the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max to the latest processor. These two models are expected to be upgraded to the A16 chip, while the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will keep the same A15 chip in the current iPhone 13 lineup.
The A16 chip in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max is made using the same 5-nanometer process as the A15, which is also the same as the A14. This limits annual performance improvements, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see anything any improvements.
Release Date: When will the iPhone 14 come out?
With the exception of the iPhone 12, which was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, new flagship iPhones are generally announced and released in September. According to Kuo, the iPhone 14 will be released sometime in the second half of 2022. Therefore, the iPhone 14 range is expected to be announced in September 2022.
Kuo also predicts that the iPhone 14 Max, or whatever it will ultimately be called, will cost under $900.
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