Apple is expected to release a new iPhone next year to replace the iPhone 13 (probably called the iPhone 14). This started very early in the rumor factory, and the first news came before the iPhone 13 even made its debut. But because of it so far, a little bit of what we have heard may develop and change in the coming year. It takes a long time for mobile phones to be manufactured, and continuing pandemics and chip shortages may still force plans to change before launch, so everything needs to be salted here.
Currently, this is our expectation for the next generation of iPhone 14:
Like all recent Apple iPhones, the next-generation iPhone is expected to be launched in or around September 2022. Whether Apple will host virtual events like the past two years, or release it in person for the first time in years, we can do it. Don't say it for now.
In terms of pricing, it is not clear whether Apple will maintain the same pricing structure as the current iPhone series, or whether it will reduce the size of the regular iPhone by one level to accommodate the rumored iPhone 14 Max. Either way, Apple’s iPhone may start at around US$699, and the price will reach around US$1,000, depending on the configuration.
Since the iPhone 5S, Apple has shipped a variety of iPhone models, and the iPhone 14 is expected to be no exception. However, unlike the previous iPhone 13 and iPhone 12, many analysts predict that 14 will abandon the 5.4-inch iPhone 14 Mini model.
Instead, Apple may release the new iPhone 14 Max, which is a 6.7-inch version of the regular iPhone 14. This will be the same as the current iPhone 13 Pro Max model, and will provide a larger screen and larger battery, perfect for those who want a large-screen iPhone experience but don’t want to pay extra for a better camera on the Pro model.
Depending on who you are asking, the iPhone 14 will either undergo a design modification to change the appearance that Apple has favored over the past four generations of iPhones, or it may just be more the same. The renders submitted by the leaker Jon Prosser suggest that Apple will adopt the preferred punch-hole design for Android phones. This will mean removing the now iconic notch and replacing FaceID with an in-display fingerprint sensor or implementing Face ID with insufficient display.
A report released later by The Elec of South Korea listed Samsung and LG as candidates for providing displays for this non-bangs iPhone, and it will be unique to the iPhone Pro. If true, this will be the visual difference between iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max and older or cheaper iPhones. Given Elec's track record in supply chain reporting, this does make Apple more likely to adopt a novel design for the iPhone 14 Pro.
The iPhone 14 can also retain the square edges and elongated buttons that Apple introduced with the iPhone 12, and it may be the first time that there is no camera bump on the rear. Prosser's rendering is supported by earlier reports by well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who also claimed that Apple will abandon this gap on the iPhone models in 2022.
However, another report from another source predicts that Apple will once again narrow the gap like the iPhone 13, but it will not adopt a punch-hole design yet. When it comes to reports about design, it is difficult to know which of these rumors (if any) were true when they were so far from being published. In other words, considering the source of the unnotched design and the fragile source of the notched design, the iPhone 14 Pro may indeed adopt a new design.
Kuo previously shared that Apple is considering to equip the iPhone 14 with a 48MP camera. The company has insisted on using 12MP on recent iPhones, so the 48MP main camera will be a considerable increase and allow tricks like oversampling, which are already in use on these phones like Pixel 6 and Galaxy S21. Guo also said that the new iPhone can support 8K video, which will further promote Apple to become the mobile camera champion. This is interesting because Qualcomm recently released Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, its new flagship processor that specifically supports 8K HDR video recording and a range of other AI enhancements for smartphone photography. Ball is now in Apple's court, responding with its own internal bionic chip.
It is rumored that another camera upgrade of the iPhone 14 is that the ultra-wide-angle camera supports autofocus. Although Apple has achieved this on the iPhone 13 Pro, it will appear on all models in the iPhone 14 series, and even those who buy a cheaper iPhone can capture a clearer wide-angle lens.
There are rumors everywhere about Apple using Lightning for USB-C. With the European Union putting pressure on companies to make their phones more interoperable, this is not impossible. Apple has invested a lot of money in the Lightning ecosystem, but the company has already begun to switch to USB-C on the rest of its products, from iPad and MacBook to HomePod. The iPhone stands out and becomes a stickler, and the sooner the transition, the better. In addition, there are many unresolved news about the iPhone 14, but as new leaks, rumors and other information emerge, we will frequently update this article, so please check back regularly.
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