Goodbye iPhone mini
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.
The iPhone 12 mini appealed to enthusiasts who wanted modern specs like 5G and the A14 processor but did not care for the big phone trend of the last five years. Unfortunately for fans of the mini, several reports indicate that the model has not sold well and Apple has even cut supply chain orders due to its lack of popularity. Overall iPhone 12 sales have been solid due to better than expected demand for the Pro phones.
iPhone Camera Upgrades
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.
As a reminder, Kuo expects four models of iPhone 14 in 2022: two 6.1-inch phones and two 6.7-inch phones. Like today, Apple would designate a 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch model as a high-end ‘Pro’ option.
Under-display Face ID
In 2023, Kuo expects even more drastic changes to the iPhone lineup. This apparently includes moving Face ID from a visible notch to being integrated under the screen. A periscope-style telephoto lens is also predicted.
According to most reports, the iPhone’s notch will be getting smaller this year. Latest leaks show a notch that is about 10% smaller on the left and right side as Apple is moving the earpiece upwards into the top bezel.
Spring Loaded Apple Event
Apple has announced the first Apple event of the year for April 20, and it will be completely virtual. At this event, Apple is likely to announce new iPad Pro models, AirTags, and more. The event will be streamed live from Apple Park starting at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET.