Only a few months left, then the launch of the iPhone 14 is expected in September. It is already becoming apparent that Apple could probably change the sizes in the 14 series. If the iPhone 12 Mini was initially considered the “desire model” that addressed the demand for a small but well-equipped iPhone, affordability and size are now the recipe for a new crowd-pleaser.
A changed appearance of the screen of the Pro models is also being traded in the rumor mill. Changes to the screen cutout could give the iPhone a facelift. At the same time, the software developers would get a little more space.
As much as Apple values surprise in product presentations, there are recurring patterns to be found in some things like design. Since the iPhone 6 model in 2014, the appearance of the iPhone has followed a three-year cycle, during which the appearance does not change radically, as Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman notes.
But: While Apple usually only makes changes to the inside of the mobile phone in the second year, at least some new design accents can be expected in the third year. That gives us a lot to expect for the iPhone 14.
Pill and hole instead of notch
According to the prevailing rumours, these changes primarily affect the Pro models of the iPhone 14. Apple is said to be planning to replace the larger screen recess called Notch with two smaller display breaks. In this “pill” and the “hole” the camera for the front and the sensors for the Face ID face recognition should find their place. As a result of the change, the screen gains a little height and there is more space for information in the status bar – just as users know from the time before Face ID.
In the case of the cheaper standard models, there is apparently a literally bigger change in the house: Apple allegedly wants to get rid of the mini model with its display diagonal of 5.4 inches (approx. 14 cm). Various market analyzes reported that the Mini did not sell very well. It is replaced by a 6.7-inch (approx. 17 cm) iPhone 14 Max. Users who want a large screen but do not necessarily need the Pro functions would have a cheaper alternative. Apple is said to be selling this iPhone 14 Max for less than $900.
Metal castings, a photo of which was leaked in China, seem to confirm that Apple’s 14 series will then only consist of two sizes (6.1 and 6.7 inch display diagonals) with different equipment. With the Pro models, the cameras should protrude a little more from the housing.
Bigger difference to Pro models
In order to emphasize the difference between the standard and Pro models, Apple is said to be planning not only to replace the notch on the screen, but also to make the Pro models more functional.
The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will get a 48-megapixel wide-angle camera. So far, the iPhone cameras have a resolution of 12 megapixels. The Pro models could also be enabled for the first time to record videos in 8K resolution.
In addition, Apple allegedly wants to stop equipping all models in a new series with the latest chip. The A16 should therefore remain reserved for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Max should get the previous year’s chip from the iPhone 13 – the A15. The global shortage of chips also contributed to this decision.
Better selfie camera for everyone
All four new iPhones are supposed to get a better front camera, at least that’s what the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects. With a low aperture of f/1.9 and a hardware-controlled autofocus instead of the previous fixed focus, iPhone 14 users would get a noticeably better selfie camera.
With a view to the iPhone 13, there had already been speculation about Apple moving away from the Lightning connector. Instead, future iPhones should supposedly only be charged wirelessly via MagSafe. Apple would have skipped the USB-C connector, which has become established in the smartphone industry and also in several iPads. Rumors in this direction can be heard again and again, but have become much quieter.
Apple is likely to be in trouble anyway if future iPhones are not delivered with USB-C. The European Union is currently working on a regulation to enforce USB-C. By the end of the decade, wireless charging options could also follow a common standard.
A rumor from last year, which is making the rounds again with a view to the iPhone 14, predicts an emergency call function via satellite. In areas without mobile coverage, the iPhone should be able to contact satellites in low earth orbit to alert emergency services. The function will also be introduced soon on the Apple Watch, according to Bloomberg.
iOS 16: June preview
At least in terms of software, there is already an official foretaste in June. At the WWDC developer conference, Apple is likely to unveil the next version of the iOS operating system, iOS 16. This will also be pre-installed on the new iPhones in the fall. It is speculated that it could also include a car accident detection feature, which will be introduced with the iPhone 14.
At Apple, each model series is traditionally characterized by a specific colour. On the iPhone 14, this will reportedly be purple, writes the blog AppleTrack referring to a post on the Chinese social network Weibo. iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will therefore be sold in black, white, blue, red and purple. For iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, Graphite, Gold, Silver, and Purple are envisaged as color options.
Announcement and Availability
There will only be certainty about the iPhone 14 with the official announcement, which is expected in September. It is exciting to see whether and to what extent Apple will be able to deliver the next iPhone shortly thereafter, given the massive disruptions in the supply chains and the lockdowns in China.
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