See you later SIM card, farewell notch design, hello 48MP sensor and serious selfie camera!
As soon as the iPhone 13family was released, the iPhone 14 range, expected September 2022, started to leak. Here we round up the most likely to be true tip-offs – it’s all change at Apple, according to these latest rumors.
Earlier launch date expected:
Normally Apple has a launch special in which they showcase their new phones the second Tuesday of September (that would be the 13th of September). One other source says that it may still be the 13th, because of supply issues the company is having, but either way, this phone looks like it will make it’s debut somewhere between the 6th of September and the 13th. If you would like to have notification of when this phone actually comes out, fill out the form below:
NEW DESIGN WITH NO NOTCH:
There has been a plethora of leaks alleging to Apple replacing the notch design on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max and employing a punch “hole + pill design” instead. The circular punch hole will allegedly house the Face ID dot projector and the pill-shaped cut-out will contain both the front camera and Face ID infrared camera. This news that probably won’t please some die hard Apple fans, but there’s no arguing the notch was an antiquated design feature, that’s been ditched by all other manufacturers to date.
Back in March, a sketch of the iPhone 14 Pro was shared by a leaker on Chinese social media site Weibo and that was the best we had to go on for a few months, until Apple leaker Jon Prosser stepped in with some beautiful authentic-looking renders, that we can see here. The renders are based on a consolidation of all the likely-to-be-true rumors that have been doing the rounds that we will discuss in this piece.
Both the sketches and renders that have been leaked to date show the new cut-out sitting slightly lower than the notch which disappointingly doesn’t look to give much more, if any, screen space.
Allegedly, the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro will both feature 6.06-inch displays, while the 14 Max and 14 Pro Max will feature 6.68-inch displays. This means that the screens on both new iPhone 14 Max models will be a little bit smaller than those seen on the iPhone 13 Pro Max– 6.68-inches compared to 6.7-inches.
Apple releases at least one exclusive color with each iPhone generation – we saw the iPhone 13 released in Alpine Green and the iPhone 12 released in Pacific Blue. According to whispers online the iPhone 14 Pro will come in a stunning purple color and we’re sure you’ll agree it looks great in Prossers Renders.
No USB-C despite looming legislation:
A new report by Mark Gurman for Bloomberg says that according to his sources (which remain anonymous) Apple is testing future iPhone models that replace the Lightning charging port with USB-C connector. The report states that: “if the company proceeds with the change, it wouldn’t occur until 2023 at the earliest. Apple is planning to retain the Lightning connector for this year’s new models,” which comes as a bit of a blow as it was generally felt that with European legislation looming, Apple may switch to USB-C for the iPhone 14 launch. Better luck next year!
A16 Bionic chipsets:
Both the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max are said to have the new A16 Bionic chipset and LPTO screens, which provide a variable refresh rate. The non-Pro models are leaked to have the older A15 Bionic chip and 60Hz displays. Rumors also tells us that all four new iPhone 14 models will come with 6GB of RAM and flexible OLED screens.
Camera sensor upgrade to 48MP
Informed by a Trendorce report detailing camera module shipments, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models are rumored to include a new main sensor, with a significant upgrade from 12MP to 48MP. It’s said that Apple will support both 48MP and 12MP shooting modes to allow for 48MP images to be captured in well-lit conditions and 12MP images in lower light, giving users the option to choose. The 48MP sensor will likely be limited to only the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models. Apple looks like with their pro models that photographers might be a lot happier.
Apple was looking to upgrade their camera in the front of their phone with the model 15 which would come out next year. But it looks like they have been working with the developer to push that up to this year. What is the upgrade? It looks like they finally will include an auto focus lens on this which has been needed for some time. Even though the front camera does not have the 48Mp, it still has a good sharp camera, and now it will look even sharper because of the finer auto focus feature.
iPHone 14 lineup:
If you wanted the iPhone 14 MAX you will have to wait a while. No time frame has been set for that, as supply issues seem to be a problem. But, as a photographer, that MAX model might be the one to wait for.
Faster RAM for the Pro and Max models.
According to a new report, the higher-end iPhone 14 models, namely the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max, will be getting a significant RAM upgrade. The DigiTimes writes that Apple will equip the higher-end iPhone 14 models with 6GB of LPDDR5 RAM, which is a significant upgrade over the LPDDR4X RAM found in the current iPhone models. The non-Pro iPhone 14 models (iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max) are expected to still feature LPDDR4X RAM.
The Apple iPhone 14 looks to be a significant improvement to the model 13. These new models come out about every 6 months, so when I read all the great new things they are putting in the newer cameras, makes you wonder what they will do with the iPhone 15 next spring. Maybe it will talk to you when you are feeling depressed. Who knows? But, this is a great phone, and people love the quality of the iPhone.