Summer is in full swing and that means that September — and a new iPhone announcement — is fast approaching. The internet is full of rumors surrounding the iPhone 14 and, if most are to be believed, we could be in for a big redesign.
Of course, you should always take their rumors with a pinch of salt. We learned this past year, specifically with the Apple Watch Series 7, which was supposed to have an all-new flat-edged design, that these rumors (even by well-known leakers and journalists) don't always turn out to be correct.
But here's what we think so far.
Will the iPhone 14 have a better camera?
The answer is obviously "yes," of course. So the real question is, how much better is the camera on the iPhone 14 going to be?
Recent rumors suggest that the two "pro" iPhone 14 models, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, could have quite the upgrade in the form of much larger sensor. They'll have a huge 48-megapixel sensor on their main (a.k.a. wide) camera, which will reportedly be roughly 21 percent larger than the same sensor on the iPhone 13 Pro. This would enable the new pro iPhones to shoot way more detailed photos, especially in low light, and could unlock new levels of detail for Portrait and Macro modes. According to leaked renderings, the two "pro" iPhone 14 models are expected to have significantly larger camera bumps, too.
Will the iPhone 14 have a notch?
Apple introduced the notch on the iPhone X in 2017, as it was needed to house the various cameras and sensors for Face ID, and it has been an ever-present fixture in every flagship iPhone since.
Apple shrunk the notch on iPhone 13 this past year, reducing it by about 20%, but it's rumored that the iPhone 14 could abandon it completely. According to famed Apple leaker Jon Prosser, the iPhone 14 could replace the notch with a hole-punch design that Samsung's and Google's flagship smartphones currently have. The end result: more usable screen real estate.
Will the iPhone 14 have a fingerprint reader?
It's rumored that the iPhone 14 could have a new biometric unlocking method — specifically, an in-display fingerprint reader. This is a feature that has been added to a lot of flagship Android smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S21 and the Google Pixel 6, as it's a great workaround for people wearing masks.
Apple still integrates Touch ID in buttons, like the Home button on the entry-level iPad and latest iPhone SE, or in the power button of the iPad Air and iPad mini, and if these rumors are true about the iPhone 14 the Apple would be integrating Touch ID into its iPhone displays for the first time. That said, respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that it could be another year before iPhones adopt this feature.
Will the iPhone 14 have a 120Hz display?
The two iPhone 13 "Pro" models with the first (and only) iPhones to support ProMotion — or a 120Hz refresh rate — which makes scrolling more seamless, as well as playing games and watching content look just a bit more smooth. But the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini still have the slower 60Hz display, which is what all the last previous iPhones have also had.
According to The Elec, a Korean technology website, it's rumored that Apple could bring this fast display technology to more iPhone models. The default refresh rate will likely be 120Hz on the "non Pro" iPhone 14 models, but you'll have the option to turn ProMotion on if you choose.
Will there be an iPhone 14 mini? An iPhone 14 Max?
It's been well documented that the iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 13 mini — the two small iPhone that have recently been released — haven't sold as well as anticipated, even though they've been widely praised by reviewers. This has led many to think that Apple killed the iPhone 14 mini.
Apple would still have four iPhone models, however, but instead of the iPhone 14 mini, Apple could make a larger version of the iPhone 14, which rumors suggest could be called the iPhone 14 Max. This would essentially be the same size as the iPhone 14 Pro Max, but without the fancy camera.
Will the iPhone 14 have a new processor?
This might seem like a silly question to ask as Apple has given every iPhone a next-generation processor, but recent rumors suggest that that might not be the case this time around. According to Kuo, Apple may only give the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max its new and improved chipset (likely named A16), while the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 mini will likely have the same A15 Bionic chipset as the entire iPhone 13 line.
Will the iPhone 14 have a Lightning port?
Most likely, yes. It's pretty clear that Apple is going to lean heavily on its MagSafe wireless charging system, which with the iPhone 12 line, going forward. Because it's been so successful, there have been rumors suggesting that Apple could ditch the charging port completely — yes, a port-less iPhone — and rely solely on wireless charging, but this still feels like a few years too soon.
What could escalate this plan, however, is the recent news that the European Union wants a universal charger for all smartphones, meaning that Apple would have to get rid of its Lightning port because no other smartphones (other than Apple's) use it. Apple isn't likely to conform to a USB-C charging port, especially so soon as it has many accessories and products that still use its Lightning port. My gut says that we're more likely to see a portless iPhone than an iPhone with a USB-C charging port. But only time will tell.
What other new features will the iPhone 14 have?
Apple announced its annual WWDC, which is the summer event where it typically announces the next-gen iOS (which will then likely roll out to the masses in September), will take place on the week of June 6. At that time we'll learn the latest and greatest iOS features coming to iPhone — not exclusive to iPhone 14. While details are still very much vague at this point, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman has suggested in his Power On newsletter that iOS 16 is expected to bring updates to its notifications as well as add some new health tracking abilities. It's also rumored that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max could come in a new purple finish — you can check out renderings, here.
Will the iPhone 14 be more expensive?
The answer, unfortunately, could be "yes." It has been long rumored that the "Pro" models of the iPhone 14 will be receiving a steeper price tag, but more recent rumblings have suggested that all upcoming iPhone 14 models will be receiving a price hike of around $100 compared to their predecessor.
This means that the iPhone 14 could start out $899 (compared to the $799 base model of the iPhone 13). The iPhone 14 Pro could start out $1,099 (compared to the $999 of the iPhone 13 Pro. And the iPhone 14 Pro Max could start at $1,199 (compared to the $1,099 of the iPhone 13 Pro Max).
The iPhone 14 Max, which is expected to be announced in place of a new "mini" model, is expected to cost in the region of $999.