Apple’s event on September 7 is most likely the day Apple reveals the rumours iPhone 14 line. Rumors further indicate that the phone itself will get a mid-september release datepossibly Sept 16. But of course nothing is official yet.
Meanwhile, we have rumors and questions: how will the iPhone 14 fare compared to its predecessor, the iPhone 13? How much better will the cameras to get? Will the iPhone 14 get more expensive? And what about the notch — is this the… year of the no-notch iPhone? We’ve scoured the rumors to find some answers, or at least get a better idea of what’s possible on Apple’s 2022 flagship phone. To be clear, none of these specs or features have been confirmed by Apple.
Read more: Apple iPhone 14: release date, price and every other noteworthy rumor
iPhone 14 design: goodbye, notch; hello, cutouts
This one has been going on for years, but one of the biggest rumors is about the notch at the top of the screen. After the introduction of the notch on the iPhone X in 2017, Apple was finally able to ditch it this year – though apparently only on the Pro models. The company is expected to trade it in for a smaller hole punch camera in the Pro models, according to noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo Kuo. A hole punch design refers to a screen with only a small circular cutout for the front camera, as seen on a number of Samsung launches, including the Galaxy S22 Ultra and Galaxy Z Flip 4.
However, display analyst Ross Young predicts that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will get two cutouts: hole and pill-shaped recess to accommodate the front camera and Face ID. Right now, the notch is home to the components that make Face ID work, meaning Apple may need to downsize all that tech to realize a teethless iPhone. Whether the next iPhone gets one or two cutouts, the rumors we’re following indicate that members of the iPhone 14 series are going timeless for the first time in five years.
iPhone 14 selfie camera: updated front camera
Apple has made major changes to the rear cameras over the years, but the front cameras have been overlooked. That is no longer possible this year. If the notch disappears, the iPhone 14’s front shooter could visually change with the addition of cutouts, but there’s also discussion about the camera system itself, which will be given a notable functional upgrade.
in a Tweet from AprilKuo said the entire iPhone 14 series will get a wider aperture (f/1.9), which should help the device take better photos at night, and an upgrade to autofocus. All of this represents possibly the biggest iPhone front camera upgrade since 2019.
The iPhone 14 screen: Pro models may have an always-on screen
One of the biggest iOS 16 features looked at by Apple was the overhauled lock screen. Set to launch in the fall as part of iOS 16, the lock screen will show more information at a glance, including the weather, activity progress, battery level, and your calendar. It’s a feature that goes well with an always-on screen — and it makes sense that Apple would launch it via the upcoming iPhone 14.
A June Report by 9to5Mac discovered references to backlight management tools and hidden flags for technicians that allow them to have an always-on screen on a iPhone 13 Pro. The always-on display can already be found on many android phones just like the Apple Watch. Instead of lighting up your entire screen like your lock screen does, an always-on screen only activates part of the screen to save power.
iPhone 14 price: Pro models could be $100 more expensive
Apple hasn’t made any price changes between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lineup, but Wedbush analyst Dan Ives expect a price increase for iPhone 14 pro models priced at $100. Currently, the iPhone 13 Pro starts at $999 and the iPhone 13 Pro Max starts at $1,099.
That’s backed up by Kuo, who recently said he expects the average selling price of the iPhone 14 series to rise. The macroeconomic environment also points to a price increase. Inflation remains persistently highwhile Apple stays struggling with supply chain problems in China — both of which have pushed up the price of doing business.
iPhone 14 size: same, same but different bezel size for Pro models
Apple’s last two iPhone series had the same 6.1-inch size for the base model, increasing to 6.7 inches for the Pro Max. According to a Nikkei Asian Review report, Apple is sticking to these sizes for the iPhone 14 series, but eliminating the 5.4-inch Mini. This rumor is confirmed by a March report from 9to5Mac. Reports showed: slow iPhone 12 Mini salesso it won’t be a surprise if Apple retires the tiny phone in 2022.
While the size of the next iPhone is expected to remain the same, the screen bezels for the Pro Max would be 20% smaller compared to previous iPhone generations, according to CAD views divided by Twitter leaker ShrimpApplePro. This means that the screen would be slightly larger. However, it is important to note that this rumor should be taken with a grain of salt as ShrimpApplePro does not have an extensive track record to back up their speculations.
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