iPhone 14 Overview Updated April 6, 2021

iPhone 14: Everything we know so far

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March 2021 - April 2021

The iPhone 14 is the iPhone model that Apple will introduce in the fall of 2022. That’s still a good way off into the future, but the supply chain is already painting a picture of what to expect. Read on as we recap the current rumors and expectations for the iPhone 14.

What will the iPhone 14 be called?

What the iPhone released in 2022 is called ultimately depends on what Apple calls the iPhone model introduced in 2021. If the 2021 iPhone model is marketed as the iPhone 13, then we expect the 2022 iPhone model to be the iPhone 14.

On the flip side, if the iPhone model introduced in 2021 is the iPhone 12s, then we expect the 2022 iPhone model to be the iPhone 13. This, of course, assumes that Apple doesn’t skip the number 13, given the bad luck it is associated with in many cultures.

There’s also the possibility that Apple abandons numbers on the iPhone line altogether, and new iPhones are designated simply by their size, “Pro” or non Pro, and year. This would match what Apple has done to the iPad lineup over the past several years.

Apple marketing names stay under wraps until the last minute. This means we’ll have to wait until 2022 to learn more about what that year’s will be officially called.

What features and specs will iPhone 14 have?

No notch

The biggest change that we currently expect with the 2022 iPhone is the removal of the notch cutout. The notch design was first introduced with the iPhone X, and it has stayed the same since then. The notch is where Apple houses its sensors for things like Face ID.

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports that Apple will drop the notch in 2022, starting with the high-end iPhone 14 Pro. Kuo describes the design change as a “punch-hole design.” This is similar to what’s currently used on many high-end iPhone designs.

Furthermore, Kuo says that the punch-hole design will only come to fruition if Apple’s prototyping and production go according to plan. Apple’s current goal is to bring the hole-punch design only to the high-end iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. As such, the standard iPhone 14 will retain the notch design, unless Apple is able to exceed product yield goals.

If the punch-hole design sounds familiar, it’s because it’s what’s currently used on many high-end Android flagships. It makes sense for Apple to adopt this design with the iPhone 14.

Could we really see an iPhone punch-hole display

On the iPhone 14 Pro, the “punch-hole” would house the camera sensor that’s currently located in the notch. What remains unclear is the fate of Face ID. It’s possible that Apple abandons Face ID in favor of under-display Touch ID.

Here’s the technology currently located in the iPhone’s notch:

  • Infrared camera
  • Flood illuminator
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Speaker
  • Microphone
  • Front camera
  • Dot projector

That’s a lot of technology to place elsewhere, so it will be interesting to see how Apple pulls this off.

Camera improvements

The iPhone 14 will also include dramatic improvements to the front-facing camera, according to Kuo. The biggest change will be upgrades to the front-facing camera’s auto-focus features. More details here are unclear, but the front-facing iPhone camera has a way to go to catch up to the rear camera.

Apple usually makes upgrades to the rear camera with every iPhone, so we’ll have to wait and see what’s in store for 2022.

Port-less

For several years, reports have suggested that Apple could introduce a port-less iPhone. This iPhone would not feature a Lightning port, and instead be completely wireless. This was once rumored to come in 2021, but that does not appear to be happening.

Therefore, it’s possible that the iPhone 14 is the first iPhone that’s available without a Lightning port. Instead of Lightning, the iPhone 14 would support wireless charging as well as Apple’s newest MagSafe technology. Apple is likely to make this change at the high end first with the 14 Pro. The lower-end models would follow over the next few years.

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Release date: When will iPhone 14 come out?

With the exception of the iPhone 12, which was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, new flagship iPhones are generally announced and released in September. iPhone 14 will be released sometime during the second half of 2022, according to Kuo.

As such, the iPhone 14 lineup is likely to be announced in September 2022.

iPhone 14 Stories April 14

In addition to claiming that the iPhone mini screen size is no more, Kuo detailed some impressive camera specs for the 2022 iPhones. 

He reports that the standard rear cameras on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be upgraded to 48-megapixels, an increase from the 12-megapixel sensor in iPhone 12. 

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A report today form renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple will drop the 5.4-inch iPhone in 2022, instead offering a lineup of high-end and low-end 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch phones. 

The 5.4-inch screen sized featured this year in the iPhone 12 mini, and will be available in the iPhone 13 range this fall. However, it seems that will be its final outing. 

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iPhone 14 Stories March 3

Shrinking the notch has been a top design request ever since Apple introduced the expansive display on the iPhone X. Now a reliable source claims Apple will completely replace the iPhone notch with a Samsung-style “punch-hole” design on at least some iPhone 14 models. If Apple actually makes this change, do you consider it a design improvement or a visual misstep? Voice your opinion in our poll and comments!

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iPhone 14 Stories March 2

Yesterday’s report that we’ll see an iPhone punch-hole display next year raised quite a few eyebrows. Three main objections have been voiced.

First, that a punch-hole is uglier and more distracting than a notch…

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iPhone 14 Stories March 1

Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities has published a new report for Apple supply chain investors in which the reliable analyst predicts a bold design change for what could be the iPhone 14 Pro. Kuo also expects the next iPhone SE release to bring 5G cellular connectivity to the entry-priced models. Here’s what they predict to come across 2022.

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