Before the iPhone 13 was announced, rumors about the iPhone 14 began to circulate online, and while we don’t yet know what Apple has planned, there’s enough information to speculate.
According to certain patents, the company is working on a foldable iPhone, but there’s no guarantee a folding model is in the works right now. In all likelihood, the next iPhone will be known as the iPhone 14, and it will retain the familiar form factor from previous years.
Display and body
The iPhone 14 will most likely have the same flat-edged design as the iPhone 13, with some display and body changes.
However, the standard iPhone 14 could have an LTPS OLED display instead of the iPhone 13’s 120Hz Pro Motion display.
A 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and 14 Pro, as well as a larger 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max and 14 Pro Max, would be among the four models in the product lineup.
In terms of the body design, prominent leaker Jon Prosser believes Apple will use a thicker chassis to eliminate the camera bulge on the iPhone 14’s back.
According to a JP Morgan Chase report cited by Patently Apple, the iPhone 14 will also have a titanium alloy chassis. Titanium, which is more durable and scratch-resistant than aluminum, has already been introduced on the Apple Watch, and it could be available on the iPhone line next year.
Apple is expected to usher in the future of notch-less design with the release of the iPhone 14, at least with the Pro models.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the notch will be phased out in favor of a hole-punch selfie camera.
Meanwhile, facial scanning technology is likely to find a new home. Face ID on the iPhone 14 will, at least according to rumors, be placed beneath the display. Apple is rumored to be working on an under-display Face ID system.
Leaks claim that this model will have a new look with a bump-free rear camera that will be built flush into the glass body.
The main camera on the iPhone 14 Pro models, according to analyst Kuo, could be upgraded to 48 megapixels. A periscope zoom lens and 8K video recording are also rumored to be in the works.
Apple could join the league with a quad-camera for the Pro models and a triple camera on the standard iPhone 14 models, based on how other OEMs see the camera space.
The iPhone 14 is expected to be powered by the A16 Bionic chip. TSMC is expected to build this on either a 3nm or 4nm process.
TSMC has stated that 3nm chips are in short supply, implying that the iPhone 14 will use a 4nm processor.
Other noteworthy possibilities
Apple could take on the challenge by using the Snapdragon X65, the world’s first 10-gigabit 5G modem, to improve both speed and connectivity.
Despite the European Union’s proposal to make USB-C mandatory on all devices, including iPhones, Apple is likely to ignore it. Instead, rumors suggest that Apple may ditch the iPhone’s Lightning port in favor of MagSafe charging, effectively eliminating the port.
Apple is also reportedly working on a crash detection feature for the iPhone 14 to ensure user safety. Using the phone’s sensors and accelerometer, this alleged feature would detect an accident and immediately dial 911 for assistance (via WSJ).