The iPhone 13 isn't official yet, but as it's already shaping up to be a modest update over last year's iPhone 12 family, rumors are beginning to pile up about the much more interesting iPhone 14 at an alarming rate. Indeed, we seem to be hearing more and more enticing and exciting bits of rumors and news about next year's iPhone than the one scheduled to arrive next month, which could be a red flag for Apple's next-gen flagships.
Apple is one of the more predictable tech companies, in a sense that it has pretty concrete announcement and release time frames. No matter what happens, we always expect iPhones to be unveiled in September and released on the market shortly after, in a week or two's time. This is why we expect the iPhone 14 to be announced and released in mid-September 2022. Of course, something unexpected could theoretically change that timeframe, but the chances are low.
Let's get the obvious out of the way - we don't really expect any surprises with the pricing of the future iPhone 14-series. Although it's too early to expect anything particular about the iPhone 14 pricing, chances are it wouldn't differ that much from the iPhone 13-series
. Thus, the iPhone 14-series could have the following price tags once they launch:
- iPhone 14 $799+
- iPhone 14 Pro $999+
- iPhone 14 Pro Max $1,099+
It's important to say that the iPhone 14 Pro max could potentially get a lot more expensive due to a upcoming camera overhaul that could very well increase the costs. Of course, given the timeline, we could very well be off by a certain amount here or there, but generally, we don't expect an extremely big spike in prices, or a generous discount either.
iPhone 14 Name
On the topic of names, iPhone 14 will probably stick. iPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 are mostly a certain, though the fate of the iPhone 14 mini is probably quite grim, as it might not come to fruition at all.
iPhone 14 Camera
As per famed Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo
, Apple is planning a massive camera upgrade for the iPhone 14 family. Notably, a massive 1/1.3-inch 48MP camera sensor, the largest ever on an iPhone, is expected to grace next year's Apple top-tier flagship, which will most likely carry the iPhone 14 Pro Max name.
The main wide-angle camera is the most likely to benefit from the larger sensor first, though the improved camera tech would certainly trickle down to the auxiliary ultra-wide and telephoto cameras in subsequent iPhones down the line.
"We believe that the new 2H22 iPhone may support direct 48MP output and 12MP (four cells merge output mode) output simultaneously," says Ming-Chi Kuo. "With 12MP output, the CIS pixel size of the new 2H22 iPhone increases to about 2.5um, which is significantly larger than the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, and larger than existing Android phones, and close to the DSC level."
This would be the largest camera sensor ever fitted on an iPhone. Thanks to quad pixel-binning should provide superb low-light image quality that would play extremely well with the iPhone's Night mode. It looks like Sony will be supplying the new larger sensors, whereas LG will be tasked with the production of the camera modules themselves.
What's more, the new sensor will allow for 8K video capture with the main camera. At the moment, iPhones can only capture up to 4K video at 60 fps, and judging from Kuo's insights, we shouldn't be seeing a bump in video capture resolution this year. Yet, that's okay: 4K video at 60fps is a standard that's likely to stick for now.
All of these nifty camera improvements will however result into increased costs for Apple, which are likely to trickle down to the end-user. It's logical to expect that only the top-end iPhone 14 Pro Max will get the new and improved camera tech first, so we probably shouldn't expect a steep price hike across all the range just yet.
As per some early rumors, some iPhone 14 representatives could actually feature a titanium frame, unlike the stainless steel one that's found on the current lineup. According to JP Morgan Chase investors
, The Pro models from the iPhone 14 series will be the first iPhones to have titanium alloy chassis. The latest iPhone models are currently made from stainless steel and aluminum. The titanium alloy material is used for the case of some Apple Watch Series 6 models.
How good is titanium vs aluminum and stainless steel for an iPhone chassis? Well, compared to stainless steel, titanium has a higher hardness that makes it more scratch-resistant, and its stiffness makes it durable enough to withstand bending. On top of that, although being as strong as steel, it is 45% lighter and twice as strong as aluminum while being only 60% heavier.
Otherwise, we expect the iPhone 14 to continue the edgy design language of the iPhone 13 series, with its flat sides and angles that bring homage to the iPhone 4-generation.
iPhone 14 display
The iPhone 14-series will likely feature 120Hz LTPO displays, unlike the iPhone 13-series, which is expected to feature 120Hz displays on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max only. The reason for that omission on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini is the fact that LG will be supplying the displays for those and it isn't making LTPO displays larger than, say, an Apple Watch, thus its inability to supply enough displays to Apple. Yet, reports claim that LG
could have iPhone-sized LTPO OLED displays by the time the iPhone 14 is up for release, so here's to hoping we'd see high-refresh rate on all iPhones in 2022.
iPhone 14 specs and hardware
What about the iPhone 14 specs? Well, we know for a fact that the 2022 iPhone should be powered by the Apple A16 Bionic chipset, but what are its specs? While it's too early to say, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a say on the matter. The iPhone 14-series could be powered by the most powerful chipset at the market for next year - an Apple A16 or so, crafted on the 4nm or even a 3nm manufacturing node.
According to TSMC's production schedule we will see up to 15% performance gain, 30% power reduction, and a logic density gain of up to 70% over the current 5nm process, or a combination between the three, as is usually the case. The bigger design win, however, is in power draw reduction, so that each processor generation consumes less energy than the previous one and/or takes less space on the motherboard, depending on what mix of features the phone manufacturer has ordered.