When the iPhone 14 lineup is introduced this week, some previously believed speculations that have been circulating for more than a year are no longer anticipated to be accurate.
The iPhone 14 Pro models are anticipated to include the A16 Bionic chip, an always-on display, “pill and hole-punch” cutouts that appear to be one “pill” in place of the notch, a taller display with thinner bezels, and a 48-megapixel Wide camera, while the standard iPhone 14 models are anticipated to include 6GB of memory, Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, and an upgraded front camera system with autofocus. These characteristics were not always fixed in stone due to the constantly changing nature of speculations as a device’s debut approaches.
There are a number of significant iPhone 14 rumors that previously enthralled the Apple community but have since been rejected, updated, or refuted in the light of fresh information, even if an iPhone 14 with a USB-C connector or perhaps no ports at all have nearly always been assumed to be off the table.
Rear cameras with a complete redesign
Last year, Jon Prosser, a leaker, posted images of what he claimed to be the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s brand-new design just before Apple unveiled its iPhone 13 range. Prosser’s information stated that the iPhone 14 Pro will have a larger chassis allowing for a flush back camera array, circular volume buttons like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, and revised speaker and microphone grilles with extended mesh cutouts in place of holes.
This would not be the design of the iPhone 14 Pro, according to credible design reports that surfaced early in the rumour cycle. These included CAD renders and precise measurements, leaked schematics, pictures of accessory manufacturing moulds, and early cases.
Instead, it’s anticipated that the iPhone 14 Pro will have the same stainless steel body and frosted glass back as the iPhone 13 Pro for a very identical overall appearance, with only a few minor design distinctions like more rounded edges and a bigger rear camera array. The iPhone 14 Pro’s design appears to be a “elevation” of the iPhone 13 Pro’s, which was in turn an adaption of the iPhone 12 Pro.
Professional models’ titanium frames
According to a significant JP Morgan Chase report, the iPhone 14 Pro may use titanium instead of stainless steel for the chassis, creating a stronger, lighter, and more scratch-resistant design. This rumour was confirmed by Prosser in renders for the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Despite the advantages of titanium, it seems that Apple will continue to use a stainless steel frame for the iPhone 14 Pro, carrying on a design element that was first seen on the iPhone X. According to reports, due to production problems, Apple decided that a titanium iPhone chassis was simply too expensive to sell at the moment.
Face ID in-Display
Rumors about the iPhone’s camera being moved to a “hole-punch” cutout were initially started by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Ross Young, a display expert, said in September 2021 that the iPhone 14 Pro would incorporate Apple’s first under-display Face ID technology, while Kuo did not address how Face ID will remain a feature of the iPhone. The iPhone 14 Pro, according to Twitter leaker @dylandkt, will have a tiny pill-shaped camera cutout, and Face ID will now be located underneath the device’s display.
Young later revised his prediction, becoming the first analyst to assert that the iPhone 14 Pro will include component leaks-indicated “hole-punch and pill-shaped” cuts. As a result, it appears that Apple will not include any of the long-rumored under-display technologies in its iPhone 14 series.
Display Cutout with Separated “Pill and Hole-Punch”
The “hole-punch and pill-shaped” display cuts are one of the major late-stage speculations surrounding the iPhone 14 Pro. Physically, these cuts are still supposed to be present on the gadget, although most observers expected them to be aesthetically distinct. Now, it appears that the display cutouts on the iPhone 14 Pro will all be combined into a single “pill” form at the top of the display, upending the preconceived notion of what the front of the smartphone would look like. The “pill” is said to work with iOS, display indications, and modify the status bar.
Bionic A16 Chip for Non-“Pro” Models
Since Apple separated the lineup following the release of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, every new iPhone series has had the same new processor. This was anticipated to hold true for the iPhone 14 range until Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that only the iPhone 14 Pro will include the A16 Bionic chip, with the ordinary iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus models continuing to use the A15 Bionic chip from the previous year. The decision, which further distinguishes between “Pro” and non-“Pro” iPhone models, may have been motivated, at least in part, by supply chain problems.
Advanced 4nm Process Used to Produce A16 Bionic Chip
Some sources claimed that the A16 Bionic would be the first Apple chip to be produced using a 4nm technology, despite the fact that Apple has continued to use 5nm for its A14 and A15 processors. However, it is anticipated that the A16 will still be built using TSMC’s 5nm technology.
The A16, the third iteration of Apple’s 5nm iPhone processors, is unlikely to significantly outperform the A14 Bionic and A15 Bionic chips, but it still has a good chance of improving CPU and GPU performance and efficiency enough to warrant being referred to be a brand-new chip. The processor will reportedly feature superior heat management than the A15 Bionic, according to one rumour.
Phone 14 mini
Many people believed that the display sizes and form factors of the iPhone lineup would endure for a number of years when Apple unveiled the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, much like how the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus form factors were carried over for four generations and the iPhone X’s form factor was carried over for three generations. Although the iPhone 13 mini was released as planned last year, it soon became clear that the compact form factor iPhone was going away after only two years due to underwhelming sales. According to rumours, Apple will cease producing new 5.4-inch iPhone models and replace them with a bigger model.
‘Max’ Name for iPhone 14
It has been anticipated that the “iPhone 14 Max” will sit atop the iPhone 14 and have a 6.7-inch display, similar to the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro Max, ever since hopes for a “iPhone 14 small” waned. The iPhone 14 Max is anticipated to include all of the functions of the original iPhone 14, but with a noticeably larger display, similar to how the “small” iPhones of recent years have done with the basic iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models.
It has been predicted that this device will be called the “iPhone 14 Max” in line with the expensive iPhone 14 Pro Max model, according to dozens of reports about it.