As the year 2022 approaches, the rumor mill is churning up rumor after rumor about the next iPhone 14 series, which should arrive this fall come hell or high water.
So, what precisely have we been hearing?
Many things, including the demise of the iPhone mini and the emergence of a new device category (an cheap iPhone Max), a major design shift in the shape of a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera and Face ID modules, quicker technology, and… a higher price. Apple will bring all of this to you in September 2022.
Apple iPhone 14 is set to be released on?
Apple is one of the most predictable tech businesses in the sense that its announcement and release dates are fairly set in stone. Whatever happens, we always expect iPhones to be announced in September and released in a week or two. As a result, the iPhone 14 is expected to be unveiled and released in mid-September 2022, which is Apple’s regular iPhone announcement period. Of course, something unforeseen could alter that timeline, but the chances are slim – the iPhone 14 is set to launch in September 2022.
Price of iPhone 14
According to recent reports, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max would be more expensive than their predecessors. The expected price increase is attributable to a number of variables, including the more expensive punch-hole display with variable refresh rate and overall supply chain price escalation. According to reports, Apple is still considering raising costs, but if it does, the prices for Apple’s 2022 portfolio might look like this:
Apple iPhone 14 6.1″: $799; Apple iPhone 14 Max 6.7″: $899
Apple iPhone 14 Pro, 6.1″: $1099; Apple iPhone 14 Pro, 6.7″: $1199
It’s crucial to note that the iPhone 14 Pro max could become significantly more expensive as a result of a future camera redesign, which could significantly boost the price. Of course, given the timeframe, we could be off by a few dollars here and there, but we don’t expect a massive price increase for the iPhone 14 series, though if we do, it will almost probably be for the Pro models.
The camera on the Apple iPhone 14
Apple is considering a major camera update for the iPhone 14 family, according to renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The iPhone 14 Pro Max, Apple’s top-tier flagship, is likely to feature a gigantic 1/1.3-inch 48MP camera sensor, the largest ever on an iPhone.The main wide-angle camera will most likely benefit from the larger sensor first, while improved camera technology will almost probably trickle down to the auxiliary ultra-wide and telephoto cameras in subsequent iPhones. The Pro models, of course, will always be one step ahead.
“We expect the upcoming 2H22 iPhone will be able to output direct 48MP and 12MP (four cells merging output mode) at the same time,” Ming-Chi Kuo says. “The new 2H22 iPhone’s CIS pixel size increases to around 2.5um with 12MP output, which is much larger than the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, as well as larger than previous Android phones and close to the DSC level.”
This would be the biggest camera sensor ever put into an iPhone. The iPhone 14’s Night mode should benefit from the quad pixel binning, which should deliver excellent low-light image quality. It appears that Sony will supply the iPhone 14 with the new bigger sensors, while LG will be in charge of producing the camera modules for the iPhone 14.
Furthermore, the new sensor will enable the main camera to capture 8K footage. iPhones can currently only capture 4K video at 60 frames per second, and based on Kuo’s predictions, we won’t see a resolution upgrade this year. That’s fine, though: capturing 4K video at 60 frames per second is a standard that’s likely to persist for the time being. Given the huge boost in video recording with the iPhone 13 series, an iPhone 14 without any significant improvements will suffice.
All of these useful camera enhancements will, however, increase Apple’s expenditures, which will most certainly be passed on to the end consumer. It’s reasonable to assume that just the top-end iPhone 14 Pro Max will get the new and enhanced camera technology initially, so don’t expect a significant price increase across the board just yet.
Design of the Apple iPhone 14
The iPhone 14 is likely to have a similar overall design as the iPhone 13: a comparable frame form with an equally spectacular rear camera hump. It doesn’t appear that the Galaxy S22 Ultra will have a smaller rear camera hump. Some early reports claim that some iPhone 14 models will have a titanium frame, rather than the stainless steel one found on the current lineup. The Pro models from the iPhone 14 series will be the first iPhones to have titanium alloy chassis, according to JP Morgan Chase investors. Stainless steel and aluminum are used in the most recent iPhone models. The casing of some Apple Watch Series 6 models is made of a titanium alloy. The next-generation iPhone 14 is expected to ditch the notch in favor of a floating oval cutout with a dedicated Face ID dot projector on the side, marking the second significant iPhone redesign since the iPhone X was released in 2017. The selfie camera will be housed in the oval cutout, while the dot illuminator for Face ID will be hidden behind the display and basically undetectable, leaving only the oval camera cutout visible.
ShrimpApplePro, who tweets under the handle @VNchocoTaco, presented a concept illustration of what the screen could look like from behind in September 2021. Young also believes that’s how the Pro models’ fronts will look, with a pill-shaped cutout in the center-left housing the front camera and infrared camera, and a circular hole housing the dot projector. The placement of an under-display camera and Face ID modules isn’t planned until 2024 at the earliest, which is a reasonable timescale given Android’s current tests of the under-display camera system.
In addition to the alterations in the front, Apple is said to be working on changes to the back and sides of the device. For starters, the stainless steel frame that Pro users have grown to expect is apparently being replaced with a titanium frame. Obviously, that wouldn’t be on just about any iPhone, but it would most likely be limited to the Pro models. Who knows, it could just be a design aspect to set the 1TB storage choice apart from the rest of the iPhones. The iPhone 14 Pro Max model could have circular volume controls on the side, similar to the iPhone 4, which was released in 2010. The rear glass, which is glossy once again and sits on top of the Apple logo, is likely to extend over the edges a little and sit on top of the antenna bands as well, a design choice similar to that of the iPhone 4. Regardless, the iPhone 14 series will most likely receive minor design tweaks. Another rumour claims that a real SIM card slot will be completely absent. Instead, dual eSIMs will be used, but iPhone 14 devices with physical SIM card slots will likely still be available in places where the eSIM standard has not yet been implemented.