Apple released the iPhone 13 series at its California Streaming event on September 14, 2021. While Apple’s 2021 iPhone 13 lineup is still pretty new, rumors of the upcoming iPhone 14 are already heating up.
Like its predecessors, the next version up is expected to bring several exciting features to the table. Here’s everything we know so far about the iPhone 14.
The iPhone 14 Lineup and Release Date
Even though Apple’s different iPhone 13 models are still relatively fresh on the market, rumors of an iPhone 14 have circulated because of massive changes expected to come.
Apple will supposedly unveil four new devices. The four are rumored to include two 6.1-inch and two 6.7-inch models. The mini version will not be available, as Apple is rumored to replace it with a larger 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max model. The other three models include a 6.1-inch iPhone 14, a 6.1-inch iPhone Pro, and a 6.7-inch iPhone Pro Max.
As for the official announcement, Apple normally releases its new iPhones around September. So, we can expect a September 2022 launch.
iPhone 14 Design
While the iPhone 13 series didn’t feature any major design changes, that could change with the iPhone 14. However, the flat-edged design, first featured in the iPhone 12, may stay around for another year.
According to a March 2021 report by well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo via MacRumors, Apple will ditch the notch on some of its iPhones come 2022. But if things change for the better, the entire lineup could adopt the design.
The display notch, introduced in 2017, has been around for quite some time, housing Face ID hardware and the front-facing camera. By ditching the notch, Apple will reportedly place Face ID equipment under the display. On the other hand, Apple will move the front-facing camera to a centered hole punch cutout at the top of the panel—similar to what we’ve seen on lots of Android devices. However, regarding the new notch design, details are mixed at the moment.
Apple could also remove the rear camera bump and make it flush with the rear glass back. That would mean your iPhone won’t wobble when put on a flat surface.
Renders have also tipped on the probability of Apple including a stronger, more robust titanium frame: a first for the iPhone. However, it won’t be the first time Apple has used a titanium chassis on a consumer product. The titanium chassis is available on the most expensive variant of the Apple Watch Series 7.
The company may introduce circular volume buttons (like those on the iPhone 4 and 5), plus redesigned speaker and microphone grilles. The speaker and microphone grilles may sport elongated mesh cutouts.
Under the hood, Apple is reportedly testing a vapor chamber thermal system that could be added to its high-end iPhone 14 models. If the cooling solution makes it to the iPhone 14, Apple will join a number of other Android manufacturers, like Samsung, who have used it in their devices.
Another expected change is the removal of a physical SIM slot to adopt an eSIM-only design. But since not every carrier around the world supports e-SIM, iPhones sold in some regions will still have a SIM slot. However, even in locations with e-SIM support, it will be optional.
iPhone 14 Camera
We don’t know much about the iPhone 14’s camera setup at the time of writing. However, if history is anything to go by, expect a slew of new features. The iPhone 13 series added a handful, and the iPhone 14 series will likely be no different.
Some rumored upgrades in the camera department include a 48MP lens on the pro models, a major jump from the usual 12MP. The pro models might also have 8K recording capabilities, an improvement from the current 4K limit on the iPhone 13 series. Other leaks point to improvements to the ultra-wide and telephoto camera and a possible introduction of a periscope lens that could add 10x optical zoom capability to the upcoming devices.
iPhone 14 Chip and Modem
Each new generation of the iPhone features a chip upgrade. The iPhone 13 launched with the A15 Bionic, and the iPhone 14 is expected to run on the A16 Bionic.
The A16 Bionic could be paired with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X65 modem, enabling the iPhone 14 to support satellite connectivity.
If included, iPhone users will send short messages and report issues when cellular connectivity is unavailable. Satellite connectivity on the iPhone is expected to debut in 2022 at the earliest.
The A16 Bionic will reportedly run with 6GB of memory in tow on the standard iPhone 14 models and up to 8GB of memory on the Pro models. Don’t go comparing that to Android devices, though, as there are several reasons iPhones use less RAM than Android devices.
The iPhone 14 Is Coming
The iPhone 13 was a minor upgrade compared to its predecessor. But moving forward, the iPhone 14 could feature some of the most drastic changes in the device’s history.
Of course, the launch is still miles away—so what we currently know is limited. More will no doubt be revealed out over the coming months, so until then, let’s all enjoy and get used to the iPhone 13!