Despite the fact that the iPhone 13 has only recently been released, iPhone 14 rumors have already begun to circulate. It’s thrilling to think about new, unreleased phones since it allows everyone to speculate on how Apple might improve existing functions or incorporate technologies that haven’t been available before.
However, just because there’s a lot of buzz about a certain iPhone 14 feature doesn’t imply it’ll be included in the next iPhone. Apple has a habit of discarding ideas throughout the planning stages. Other times, traits emerge to take the place of another. Then there are rumors of modifications that were never seriously considered in the first place, no matter how well-sourced they were.
At this point, there are a lot of iPhone 14 rumors floating about, but it’s a safe bet that not all of them will make it to Apple’s final cut. Here’s a rundown of the most rumored iPhone 14 improvements so far, ranked by how important they are to the iPhone’s success next autumn. To put it another way, we’re deciding which improvements are must-haves for the iPhone 14, which are nice-to-have updates that may or may not materialize, and which things Apple shouldn’t waste time and resources on.
iPhone 14 Touch ID: Must-have
Our worldwide editor Mark Spoonauer recently stated that the iPhone 14 would be “pointless” if Apple did not bring back Touch ID. That isn’t an exaggeration at all. Anyone who has tried to unlock their iPhone while wearing a mask can attest to the need of including a Touch ID sensor as a backup to Face ID.
Face-based phone unlocking security from Apple is the greatest of its kind, but it’s significantly impeded during the Covid era, when masks prevent your iPhone’s sensors from receiving a clear scan of your face. Imagine how much easier it would be to unlock your phone or make a quick payment if you could simply press your finger against a sensor, whether it’s beneath the iPhone 14’s display or on the power button.
Apple is said to be working on a FaceID update that will allow it to recognize veiled faces. If that doesn’t happen by the fall, we’re hoping Touch ID will be available to allow us to use our iPhones without interruption.
iPhone 14 120Hz displays: Must-have
Adaptive screens are currently available on the iPhone 13 Pro models, allowing them to modify refresh rate based on on-screen activities. If you’re scrolling a lot, for example, your iPhone 13 Pro Max’s refresh rate will increase to 120Hz, helping everything on your phone’s screen flow more smoothly.
The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 small are now the odd phones out, not just among iPhone 13 versions, but among premium gadgets in general. Most major phones these days can boost their display refresh rate to 120Hz, and those that can’t can usually get to at least 90Hz. The 60Hz frequency is stuck on the least priced iPhone devices.
Apple took this option when assembling the iPhone 13 because its display suppliers couldn’t produce enough adaptable displays for the normal iPhone 13. That should change with the next iPhone upgrade, as adaptable displays are expected for all iPhone 14 models.We hope it happens, or Apple risks falling behind rival phone manufacturers who have long included fast-refreshing displays in their feature sets. (Of course, a new storey indicates that the iPhone 14 will not have a fast-refreshing display.)
48MP camera on the iPhone 14: Must-have
It would be incorrect to state that Apple has relied on the same 12MP camera as the iPhone’s primary shooter for years – sensors get larger, apertures widen, and other modifications are built into the newer iPhones to maintain them at the top of the best camera phone rankings. However, the main camera’s 12MP resolution has been consistent since the iPhone 6s. After all, Apple may argue, it’s not the megapixels that matter, but what you do with them.
The problem is that Apple’s rivals are starting to increase the resolution of their main cameras. The Galaxy S21 Ultra, for example, has a 108-megapixel main camera, while the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro both offer 50-megapixel wide-angle cameras. These are the firms against whom Apple’s camera quality is typically judged, and the iPhone 14 may find itself badly outgunned in future confrontations.
While computational photography will continue to power much of Apple’s mobile photography expertise, hardware enhancements should not be overlooked. We’re hoping that rumors of a 48MP main camera for the iPhone 14 Pro models are true, so that next year’s iPhones can keep up with the competition whatever Samsung and Google have to offer.
iPhone 14 faster charging: Nice-to-have
The iPhone’s 20W wired speed feels like it’s been lost in time, speaking of things that haven’t altered much. It doesn’t help that competitor phone makers like OnePlus are increasing charging rates – the OnePlus 9 series supports 65W wired charging, and one rumour suggests the OnePlus 10 Pro will increase that speed to 125W.
We’d love to see the iPhone 14 charge faster, but it’s not as critical as some of the other adjustments Apple is under pressure to make. Charging speeds are excellent, but battery life is much more crucial, and we’d like Apple to focus its efforts on maintaining the battery life improvements made with the iPhone 13 series.
iPhone 14 Max: Nice-to-have
According to rumours, Apple will release four new iPhones this fall, but none of them will be small versions. Instead, we’ll get an iPhone 14 Max, a less expensive version of Apple’s 6.7-inch phone for those who don’t want to shell out the cash for the Pro model.
Fans of small-screen iPhones will have to embrace the truth that Apple is heading to larger devices, as I have stated. Given the popularity of large phones, it’s understandable that Apple would want to sell a 6.7-inch device at a lower price point. (According to rumours, the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 will be Apple’s entry-level model, priced at $699, while the 6.7-inch Max would be priced at $799.) However, in terms of significant changes,this is simply Apple fine-tuning its lineup to maximize sales.
No notch on the iPhone 14: Nice-to-have
Perhaps no iPhone feature has gotten as much attention as the notch, which has been a part of the device’s display since the iPhone X debuted in 2017. Apple could go much further this year and remove the notch entirely, offering iPhone enthusiasts an unobstructed view of the screen after decreasing it for the iPhone 13.
We hope the notch goes away in the future, because edge-to-edge screens are significantly more appealing than those with a notch on one side. But whether that happens this year or in 2023, as some have speculated, it will have no bearing on the iPhone 14. Apple has sold a lot of phones with the notch, and it will continue to do so until it can find a clever solution to hide the sensors required for Face ID.
USB-C on the iPhone 14 Pro: Shouldn’t have
Every year, it seems like someone predicts that at least one iPhone model will use USB-C instead of Apple’s exclusive Lightning port. This year, the iPhone 14 Pro is said to be the product that will eventually put a stop to Lightning, owing to European regulators’ desire to standardise the cables used to charge phones.
Apple’s decision to remove a charging feature from one generation of phones while retaining it on others appears to be highly implausible. Apple is even less likely to introduce a new charging standard if its ultimate objective is to eliminate all charging ports and rely only on wireless charging for its phones. But, like it or not, switching from Lightning to USB-C is unlikely to make a significant difference in customers’ lives. Given the abundance of Lightning connections and wall chargers that many of us have amassed in recent years, it may actually result in even more clutter and accessory annoyance.
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