(SPOT.ph) Just four months after the release of 2021's iPhone 13 series, tech insiders and gadget experts are already weighing in on what the iPhone 14 may have to offer. Apple remains secretive as usual, but as previous rumors, leaks, and predictions have proven, the experts are usually on the right path.
What to Expect From the iPhone 14 Series, According to Tech Insiders and Gadget Leaks
It should be noted that the name "iPhone 14" has yet to be confirmed by Apple, though it would be in line with all their most recent smartphone releases from 2019 to present. According to research company TrendForce, the upcoming iPhone models may feature a massive camera upgrade with a 48-megapixel main lens—a huge level up from the iPhone 13 series' 12-megapixel camera. The company notes that the upgrade is part of a growing trend, which shows that newer and higher-end models are leaning away from the common 12-megapixel main camera in favor of higher-resolution sensors. "Sensors of between 13 and 48 megapixels occupied more than half of all main smartphone cameras in 2021, whereas sensors of between 49 and 64 megapixels are expected to power 23% of main cameras in 2022," reports Forbes.
While the camera is often one of the most highly anticipated upgrades in new iPhones, Tom’s Guide notes that there's much more to expect both in terms of hardware and software. "Apple's new iPhones could bring the biggest changes in years," they report, identifying a sleeker build, a faster A16 bionic chip, the possible return of Touch ID, under-display Face ID, and USB-C connectivity as notable features to look out for.
Word on the street is that the Mini model, which was included in both the iPhone 12 and 13 series, could be coming to an end in 2022 as the smaller iteration of the smartphone has so far been low-selling compared to its larger counterparts. According to CNET, the upcoming series may still have four models, namely the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Max, and iPhone 14 Pro Max "with 'Pro' designating higher-end specs and 'Max' referring to the larger screen size."
Though no widespread leaks have circulated about the iPhone 14's overall shape and build, insiders are predicting that the upcoming smartphone series—or possibly its Pro models—could be ditching the notch for a punch-hole camera and pill-shaped cutout up top. The leading source for this prediction is industry display specialist Ross Young who, according to Forbes, "has a near-perfect track record."
Young took to Twitter on January 13 to post a rendering of the upcoming iPhone's internal hardware. "We now believe Apple will have a hole [and] pill design on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models...The two hole concept will be unique to Apple," he wrote on the tweet. Forbes specifies that the circular punch hole is expected to house the Face ID dot projector while the pill-shaped cut out will contain both the front camera and Face ID infrared camera. Compared to the notch design that iPhone models from the X to the 13 feature now, the cut-outs predicted by Young "would help the phone look more premium and up-to-date as far as the all-screen design goes," notes Tom's Guide.
A comprehensive list of prices has yet to be predicted by insiders, though it's possible that the iPhone 14's models will be close in price to the 13's; that is, if Apple sticks to the pricing strategy they used for the iPhone 13 series which was very close in price to the iPhone 12 upon release. Some leakers have suggested price increases as high as U.S. $100 (roughly P5,148) on selected models, according to Tom's Guide, but so far, experts have yet to agree.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the largest model of the new series (supposedly the iPhone 14 Pro Max) will launch under U.S. $900 (roughly P46,300)—significantly lower than the iPhone 13 Pro Max’s starting price of U.S. $1,099 (roughly P56,537).
No release date has been announced, but historiclly, Apple unveils new iPhones some time between September and October. In the meantime, check out some of Apple's most releases.
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