The iPhone 14 is, without a doubt, one of the most anticipated products of the year. The new generation of Apple’s phone always sweeps sales and incorporates many new features that make not only the company itself evolve but the entire industry.
In this generation, Apple is expected to introduce four different versions of the new iPhone 14. The same number of devices as in the last two years but, yes, with a different approach. This year the mini model is expected to disappear in favor of a new Max model. Consequently, the brand catalog would be as follows:
- iPhone 14 with a 6.1-inch screen.
- iPhone 14 Max with a 6.7-inch screen.
- iPhone 14 Pro with a 6.1-inch screen.
- iPhone 14 Pro Max with a 6.7-inch screen.
All iPhone 14s are expected to bring improvements to the ultra-wide camera. Probably brighter sensors or lenses that improve performance in poor lighting conditions.
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It is rumored that the iPhone 14 with the last name Pro would have a new 48-megapixel main camera that would allow 8K video recording in addition to using pixel-binning technology to improve performance in adverse light conditions. This technology, present in phones like the Galaxy S22 Ultra, combines the information captured by various pixels into one. The front cameras of the Pro models are also expected to be much better than the current ones. No long-range zoom thanks to a periscope-type lens.
The iPhone 14’s design
The design of the iPhone 14 is expected to be similar to that of the current models. That is to say: completely flat aluminum side frame, sheets of glass both in front and behind, rectangular photographic module, small notch, etc.
Both the iPhone 14 Pro and the Pro Max variant, however, would bring a significant change: the disappearance of the notch. Or, rather, its transformation. Both the front camera and the sensors necessary for the Face ID system would go outside thanks to a double perforation on the screen. One circular and one pill-shaped. A solution is similar to the one that companies like Samsung have used in their phones.
Another possible change to both the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max is the replacement of the stainless steel frame with a titanium one. The North American company uses this material to build some versions of the Apple Watch, so it would not be a surprise if they decide to bring it to the iPhone as well. On the other hand, all versions of the iPhone 14 will likely arrive in a new range of colors. With the latest generations, the Cupertino company has always varied the range of shades, albeit slightly. It would be a surprise if this year no new colors or variations of the currently existing ones were announced. Similarly, it is expected that the differentiation in the finish of the rear glass will be maintained, being matte in the two iPhone 14 with the last name Pro and a conventional glass in the other two models.
Processor for the iPhone 14
The standard iPhone 14, according to the sources closest to the company, would have the A15 Bionic processor, the same one that the company mounts in the iPhone 13. If it materializes, it would be the first time that the American company launches a new model of its mobile phone with the same chip as its predecessor. Why would Apple have decided to keep said processor? It’s early to tell, but there are several possible reasons.
- Cost issue. The shortage of chips, the inflation that hits all Western economies, and other economic factors could have made it difficult to include a new processor in the iPhone 14 – the cheapest in the new catalog – without its sale price having been increased compared to the previous generation or the store stock would have been affected. Repeating with the A15 Bionic processor would be a way to minimize these external factors, keep the cost at bay and ensure product availability.
- The A15 Bionic continues to be a reference. It may not be the cause, but it is a major factor in the decision: the A15 Bionic is still, almost a year after its launch, superior to the best of Qualcomm, Samsung, and MediaTek. And, taking into account the projections that ARM has made in the face of 2023 processors, it is likely that said Apple chip will continue to be better – or, at least, be up to the task – of what we will see next year.
Who would have a new processor in the iPhone 14 Pro (and the Pro Max variant)? Its name or its characteristics of it are a mystery, but everything indicates that it will be baptized as A16 Bionic. The improvements, on the other hand, would be incremental (better performance, a more advanced ISP, etc.), but nothing disruptive is expected in this regard since TSMC’s manufacturing technology would be the same as in the A15 Bionic. All iPhone 14s, according to some rumors, would have 6 GB of RAM, the same amount as the iPhone 13 Pro and 2 GB more than the standard iPhone 13.
The iPhone 14’s battery capacity
In recent weeks, the possible capacities of the batteries of the new iPhone 14 have been published. And the pleasant surprise is that they all increase in size compared to the current generation, so if the consumption of the components is kept in check, the autonomy could be slightly better than in the previous model.
The leaked figures are as follows:
|battery capacity||Predecessor capacity|
|iPhone 14 Pro||3200mAh||3095mAh|
|iPhone 14 ProMax||4323mAh||4352mAh|
The 14-megapixel cameras on the new iPhones
In the photographic field, Apple always brings news to each generation. The iPhone 14, according to rumors, would not be an exception. However, the details in this regard are scarce at the moment.
- All iPhone 14s are expected to bring improvements to the ultra-wide camera. Probably brighter sensors or lenses that improve performance in poor lighting conditions.
- It is rumored that the iPhone 14 with the last name Pro would have a new 48-megapixel main camera that would allow 8K video recording in addition to using pixel-binning technology to improve performance in adverse light conditions. This technology, present in phones like the Galaxy S22 Ultra, combines the information captured by various pixels into one.
- The front cameras of the Pro models are also expected to be much better than the current ones.
- No long-range zoom thanks to a periscope-type lens.
So long, SIM cards in physical form
Several sources have pointed out in recent months that Apple could finally say goodbye to physical SIM cards with this new generation of iPhone. It wouldn’t be a surprise. The company’s phones have supported eSIM cards for several years. In parallel, more and more operators have implemented this technology in their systems. Removing the physical SIM card, among other things, frees up space inside the device that can be used by the carrier to implement other components or expand the battery size.
Is USB-C going to be included?
Apple is forced to adopt the USB-C port on the iPhone from 2024 due to the recently approved European regulation. The question is how the company will respond to such a requirement. Will, the iPhone 14 be the first with said port or will we have to wait until the future iPhone 15?
Sources such as Bloomberg assure that the company is testing prototypes with the aforementioned USB-C port, but, considering that the European regulations have been approved a few weeks ago and the advance with which the design phase of this type of product is usually completed, the logical thing is to think that the iPhone 14 will not change the lightning port for USB-C.
Looking ahead, however, there is a second question: will Apple swap the lightning port for USB-C or will the company opt-out of any type of connector in favor of wireless charging? Recall that, in 2020, the company implemented MagSafe technology in iPhones, which is based on the Qi wireless charging standard. Opting for this path would allow Apple to circumvent European regulation while matching the company’s well-known philosophy – eliminate ports whenever possible, opt for wireless, etc.
The display of the iPhone 14
The screens of the iPhone 14, in principle, will be OLED, they will maintain the same resolution as their predecessors, they will be compatible with Dolby Vision and the sizes will be 6.1 and 6.7 inches. Improvements in brightness levels or power consumption may be announced, but beyond that, no big changes are expected.
In the case of the Pro models, however, the arrival of Always-on technology is expected. This would take advantage of the panel’s variable refresh rate and OLED technology’s ability to light individual pixels to display information even when the screen is off. The system is relatively similar to that of the Apple Watch Series 7, displaying information even when idle. ProMotion technology, on the other hand, would remain exclusive to the Pro models. Both the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max, according to the most recent rumors, would have a 60 Hz screen, not a variable 120 Hz.
Other possible news
- The new iPhone 14 could bring Wi-Fi 6E technology, a new version that enables connectivity on the 6 GHz band.
- It is rumored that the iPhone 14 could be marketed in versions of up to 2 TB.
Is there a release date for the iPhone 14 yet?
Apple has not revealed when it will present the expected iPhone 14, although, in general, the company’s phones usually see the light sometime in the first half of September. Considering that the company usually presents its products on Tuesday, September 13 or September 6 are the dates that have the most options.
Barring stock issues or unexpected delays, Apple phones should go on sale the week after their launch date. Therefore, it is possible that Friday the 16th or Friday the 23rd will be available in the brand’s stores.
The iPhone 14’s price: what does it set you back?
The price is one of the main unknowns of the new range. Inflation added to other economic factors and difficulties in the supply chain, can play a fundamental role in this aspect. In principle, the iPhone 14 will have a price similar to that of the iPhone 13, while the Max model would be positioned above it. In the case of the iPhone 14 Pro, the price could increase compared to the previous generation. Specifically, it would increase by $100, according to some sources.