Everything we know about Apple’s upcoming 2022 iPhones.
Rumored 2022 iPhone Lineup
There are still a few months until the 2022 iPhone 14 models come out, but we’ve been hearing rumors about them since well before the iPhone 13 models came out last year. This is because Apple is making some big changes to its latest smartphones.
In 2022, the sizes of iPhones will change, and Apple will stop making the 5.4-inch iPhone mini because customers didn’t like it. Apple is going to focus on bigger iPhones for its flagship devices in the future because sales of the iPhone mini weren’t very good. We’re expecting to see a 6.1-inch iPhone 14, a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max. This year, there will not be a 5.4-inch iPhone mini.
Since 2017, iPhones with Face ID have had a notch in the front to hold the equipment needed for facial scanning. With the release of the iPhone 14, this will change. The notch is likely to be gone from the iPhone 14 Pro models coming out in 2022. Rumors were all over the place for a while, but it looks like Apple will use a combination of a circular hole-punch cutout for the camera and a pill-shaped cutout to hold the key Face ID components. This feature will only be available on the Pro models, which is too bad. The cheaper iPhone 14 models will still have the standard notch.
We don’t think there will be any big changes to the design this year, but the camera bumps on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro could get bigger, with the bump on the Pro growing more. Apple is likely to add new colors, possibly including a purple one.
There is a chance that the iPhone 14 Pro models will have a titanium frame instead of a stainless steel frame, and that the speaker and microphone grilles will look different. Apple could also use a new vapor chamber thermal system that will keep the iPhone cooler to reduce the effects of faster chips and 5G connectivity.
Every new iPhone has better cameras, and the iPhone 14 is no different. There will be improvements to the Ultra Wide camera, and it’s possible that Apple will add a “periscope” zoom lens that allows for much greater optical zoom, but it’s still not clear if this will happen in 2022 or 2023. The Pro iPhone models are likely to have 48-megapixel cameras and the ability to record 8K video, but the standard iPhone 14 models won’t have these features.
According to rumors, the iPhone 14 models will probably keep using the same A15 chip that was introduced with the iPhone 13, while the iPhone 14 Pro models will get an updated A16 chip. This would be the first time that the Pro iPhone models got a faster chip. Apple might have gone this route to save money and also because of ongoing supply problems.
Apple is likely to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X65 chip, which is the first 10-gigabit 5G modem with faster connection speeds and better connectivity. Apple is expected to release new satellite-based emergency features with the X65. These features will let users send texts in emergencies and report accidents even when there is no cell service.
No Notch and New Face ID Hardware Design (Pro Only)
Apple is working to get rid of the notch on at least some of the iPhone 14 models, like the Pro models, where the hardware for Face ID is stored. When it came out in 2017, the notch was a controversial design choice, and it hasn’t changed much since then, except for a slight size change with the iPhone 13.
In March 2021, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the 2022 iPhone models would not have a notch, but instead would have a hole-punch design like many popular Android phones. Since then, the rumors have changed, and we now know what to expect.
Apple is working on a design that will have two hole-punch cutouts, one in the shape of a pill and one in the shape of a circle. The Face ID dot projector will likely go in the circular cutout, and the front camera, Face ID infrared camera, and possibly other parts will go in the pill-shaped cutout.
Apple may also be planning to put some of the Face ID hardware under the iPhone’s screen. This would make the cutouts smaller and give the front of the device more room for a screen. Still, the two cutouts together aren’t much bigger than the standard notch, so you shouldn’t expect much more display space.
Late in August, real-world pictures leaked that supposedly show the pill and hole-punch cutout design on the iPhone 14 Pro models. This gives us an idea of what the new iPhone 14 Pro setup might look like if the pictures are accurate.
Unfortunately, this new design won’t be on the standard iPhone 14 models, which will still have a notch like the iPhone 13 models.
Early iPhone 14 rumors said that all four models coming out in 2022 could have ProMotion displays with up to 120Hz refresh rates, but it looks like that won’t happen.
Apple is probably only going to put ProMotion technology in the iPhone 14 Pro models. Display analyst Ross Young says this is because Apple doesn’t have enough of the right displays. Young has made it clear that he thinks the 120Hz refresh rate will stay a feature of the iPhone 14 Pro. Always-on display technology is also likely to be a feature that will only be available on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.
website in Korea The Elec has said that at least one of the iPhone models coming out next year will have a standard LTPS OLED display without 120Hz ProMotion technology, which backs up Young’s claims. Analyst Jeff Pu says that the feature will be on all iPhone 14 models, but he is not known for being reliable.
People expect the iPhone 14 models to look the same as the iPhone 13 models, with flat edges. Jon Prosser, a leaker, said that Apple would make a phone with a thicker chassis, no rear camera bump, and round volume buttons. However, later rumors and part leaks suggest that Prosser was wrong.
In March, supposed renders of the iPhone 14 models came out. The renders suggest that the standard iPhone 14 models will look the same as the iPhone 13 models, with no design changes. There will be a standard notch and the same camera bump on the back, where the cameras will be arranged diagonally.
In 2022, there won’t be a 5.4-inch iPhone because Apple is getting rid of its “mini” line because it hasn’t sold well. The iPhone 13 mini will be the last small iPhone. From now on, Apple is likely to focus on making iPhones that are bigger.
We’re expecting a 6.1-inch iPhone 14, a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max. The 6.7-inch iPhone will replace the mini model.
A rumor that hasn’t been proven yet says that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro could come in purple. A rumor, which hasn’t been confirmed, says that both the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Pro will come in a purple color with a unique finish that changes color depending on the light.
If the purple rumor is true, the standard iPhone and the Pro model might be the same color in 2022, but they might be different shades of that color. There are rumors that the iPhone 14 and 14 Max will come in black, white, blue, red, and purple. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, on the other hand, are said to come in graphite (possibly midnight), gold (possibly starlight), silver, and purple.
A report for investors from JP Morgan Chase says that the next iPhone 14 models from Apple will also have a high-end chassis made of titanium alloy. Titanium has been used in the Apple Watch, but this would be the first time it has been used in an iPhone.
Titanium is harder to scratch and stronger than both steel and aluminum. It is also less likely to rust.
High-end iPhones are likely to use a vapor chamber thermal system starting in 2022. Apple is said to be “aggressively testing” this system. The high-end iPhones will need the VC thermal system because they have more computing power and can connect to 5G faster. Smartphones from Samsung, Razer, and LG already use vapor chamber cooling technology, which keeps a device cool even when it’s under a lot of stress.
It’s not clear if the vapor chamber thermal system will meet Apple’s high standards, but the company is working on making it better, and it could soon be used in high-end products.
There have been rumors that Apple wants to get rid of the Lightning port on the iPhone and replace it with a design that doesn’t have any ports and charges through MagSafe. However, it’s not clear if this technology will be in the iPhone models of 2022.
A Lightning port will still be on at least some of the new iPhones.
Dummy Models and Part Leaks
MacRumors got some iPhone 14 dummy models made for case makers. These models show what the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro might look like.
Because it’s worth a lot of money to have a case ready for a new iPhone before it comes out, dummy models are often pretty accurate. These fake iPhone 14 devices give us a good idea of what to expect.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max, on the other hand, will be about the same size as the iPhone 13 Pro Max. However, an iPhone 13 Pro Max case won’t fit an iPhone 14 Pro Max because the camera bump will be bigger.
The design of the iPhone 14 models will be similar to the designs of the iPhone 13 models, but there won’t be an iPhone 14 mini. Apple is instead making two iPhones with 6.1-inch screens (the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Pro) and two iPhones with 6.7-inch screens (iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max).
For the Pro models, the notch will be replaced by a hole and pill-shaped cutouts for the camera and Face ID equipment. The hole and pill design is not too different from a notch, but it will make the front cameras less noticeable and free up some space. There will still be a notch on the standard iPhone 14 models.
We know that the sizes of the devices have changed a little bit, but it’s hard to tell when comparing a dummy unit to the iPhone 13 lineup in person. There are small differences in the sizes of the screens on the iPhone 14 Pro models, but you won’t notice them in everyday use.
Camera bumps are going to be a bit thicker and wider on the Pro models to accommodate the 48-megapixel camera that Apple is adding. Standard iPhone 14 models will not see many design changes.
Front glass panels that are allegedly for the iPhone 14 models leaked in April, with the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max versions depicting the pill-shaped and hole cutouts that will replace the notch on those models. The standard iPhone 14 and 14 Max displays continue to feature notches.>
All of the display panels are in line with the rumors we’ve heard so far. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max panels have slightly thinner bezels and a taller aspect ratio.
How cameras work
The cameras will be much better on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models, but the standard iPhone 14 models will also get a few new features.
The cameras on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are expected to get a lot better. The 12-megapixel Wide camera on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max will be replaced by a 48-megapixel Wide camera made by Sony with Focus pixels and pixel binning.
The 48-megapixel lens will only be available on the iPhone 14 Pro models, though. The standard iPhone 14 will likely have a 12-megapixel camera lens that works similarly to the 12-megapixel lens on the iPhone 13 models.
All of the new iPhone 14 models coming out this year should have a better front camera with autofocus and a wider f/1.9 aperture. With a wider aperture, more light would be able to pass through the lens and reach the sensor. This would make the photos sharper and give them more depth of field. The improvements to autofocus would make it easier to change the focus during video calls.
Ultra Wide Lens
Apple added a better six-element Ultra Wide lens and a better /1.8 aperture to the iPhone 13 Pro models. These improvements are expected to be added to the standard iPhone 14 models as well.
Snapdragon X65 Modem
The Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 modem will be used in the iPhone 14 models. It is the world’s first 10 Gigabit 5G modem and antenna system for smartphones.
Taiwan’s Economic Daily News says that Apple has ordered 5G radio frequency (RF) chips from TSMC. Instead of using chips made by Samsung, Apple is thought to be using its own technology.
The chips are said to be made using TSMC’s 6-nanometer process, which makes them smaller and uses less power. This could make it possible for 5G technology to work with WiFi 6E and give batteries a longer life.
Connectivity via Satellite
Some satellite connectivity features are made possible by the Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 modem. Along with the modem, Apple plans to add satellite-based emergency features that will let users send texts in emergencies and report major emergencies in places without cellular coverage.
Users will be able to text emergency services and contacts using a satellite network when they don’t have a cell phone or WiFi signal. It will be a new way to talk on top of SMS and iMessage, and the message bubbles will be gray. The length of a message will be limited. Users will also be able to use satellite networks to report major emergencies like plane crashes and fires. These features are still in the works and won’t be ready until at least 2022.
Tim Ferrar is an expert on satellite communications. He thinks that Apple and Globalstar could work together to announce satellite connectivity for the iPhone 14 models. Globalstar said in February that it had bought 17 new satellites so that it could offer “continuous satellite services” to a possible customer, which could be Apple. Ferrar says that Apple’s satellite service will allow free two-way messaging and will use satellite spectrum that is already in use.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that the iPhone 14 will likely have WiFi 6E connectivity. Kuo says that WiFi 6E will provide the high-speed wireless transmissions needed for AR and VR experiences. It is also expected to be used in the mixed reality headset that could come out in 2022.
WiFi 6E uses the 6GHz band in addition to the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands to increase bandwidth and reduce interference. It also offers the same performance boost and low latency as the WiFi 6 specification.
2TB of space?
Apple added a new 1TB storage tier to the iPhone 13 Pro models, and rumors say that with the iPhone 14 upgrade, Apple could bump that up to 2TB. This rumor comes from a source that isn’t always right, so it should be taken with a grain of salt until it’s confirmed by a more trustworthy source.
There is no SIM card slot.
Apple may make the iPhone 14 models available without a physical SIM slot and only with an eSIM slot. Apple is reportedly telling major U.S. carriers to get ready for the launch of eSIM-only smartphones by 2022. This means that some iPhone 14 models may be the first to not have a SIM slot.
With the iPhone 13, Apple sold some models that didn’t come with a nano-SIM. Instead, cellular plans could be set up using eSIM. With an eSIM, you can add a cell phone plan to a device without using a nano-SIM.
Not all countries have eSIM functionality, so iPhones sold in some places will still need to have a nano-SIM slot. In places where a SIM-free iPhone is available, customers may still be able to choose a version with a SIM card. You can find a list of the more than 60 countries that support eSIM on Apple’s website.
Price of the iPhone 14
The starting price for the iPhone 14 is likely to be $799, the same as the starting price for the iPhone 13. Apple has no plans to raise the price of its most basic smartphone in order to boost sales and demand.
iPhone 14 Launch Date
On September 7, Apple will hold an event called “Far Out,” where the new iPhone 14 models are likely to be shown off. After the first showing on September 7, Apple could start taking preorders on September 9, and the release date would be September 16.
Future iPhone Rumors
With the release of the iPhone 16 Pro in 2024, Apple might make its first smartphone with a full screen. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that the device could be the first to have both under-display Face ID and an under-display front camera. However, display analyst Ross Young thinks that under-display Face ID will come first, followed by an under-screen camera with the iPhone 18.
Display analyst Ross Young thinks that the iPhones of 2023 will have the same two-hole cutout as the iPhone 14 Pro models of this year. The 2023 models will have the same design with a circular cutout and a pill-shaped cutout, and not just the Pro models will have this feature. The pill and hole design could get a little smaller, but Apple won’t be ready for full under-display Face ID for a few years.
Bloomberg and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo say that the iPhone will not have a Lightning port in 2023. Instead, it will have a USB-C port. This would make USB-C the default way to charge the iPhone 15 instead of Lightning.