Will Apple say goodbye to the 12-megapixel camera in the iPhone 14?

Apple will probably unveil the iPhone 14 in September. But already now the reports about the possible features of the 2022 generation are piling up. In this article you will find an overview of all rumors.

The iPhone 13 is only a few months old, and its successor is already being hotly discussed. Many are hoping that the iPhone 14 will have the innovations that the 13 model lacked. But what exactly could the new iPhones look like this year? atechbook summarizes all reports on the upcoming Apple phone here.

Latest reports on the iPhone 14

The three cameras on the back of the iPhone 13 Pro are quite noticeable. However, the camera bump could become even more prominent on the new model. Ming-Chi Kuo has been talking about Apple using a 48-megapixel sensor for the first time in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max for quite some time. Its diagonal is supposed to increase by up to 35 percent, while the height of the 7P lens is also supposed to increase by 5 to 10 percent. The possible consequence: a camera that protrudes even further from the back than before.

The higher number of pixels in the sensors allows Apple more options for zooming and more details, which could improve the overall photo quality. Over the years, Apple has so far stayed true to the 12-megapixel sensors. Thus, switching to a larger sensor would be quite a big innovation.

Another new feature is the notch, which is supposed to have the shape of a pill in the iPhone 14. Reports about this have been around for quite some time. Now, however, “LetsGoDigital” has compiled them into fresh render images in a short clip. It gives a good impression of what the new iPhone 14 could look like:

Design and display

Change in display size

One thing seems relatively certain for the 2022 iPhone generation – there will no longer be an iPhone 14 mini with a 5.4-inch display. Apple had already prematurely stopped the production of the mini with the iPhone 12. Many market observers are certain that the iPhone 13 will be the last of its kind. However, this does not mean that we will not see four iPhone 14 models. According to rumors, Apple is planning a new model called iPhone 14 Max. It is supposed to be just as big as the Pro Max with a 6.7-inch screen. The following four models are expected:

  • iPhone 14 with 6.1 inches and iPhone 14 Max with 6.7 inches.
  • iPhone 14 Pro with 6.1 inches and iPhone 14 Pro Max with 6.7 inches

Will Face ID be placed under the display?

In the iPhone 13, Apple has reduced the size of the infamous notch – the small indentation in the display where the camera and Face ID sensors sit – by 20 percent. However, other smartphone manufacturers are ahead of Apple and only leave a small, pill-shaped notch in the display, which houses so-called hole-punch cameras. The iPhone 14 could now follow suit.

Rumors have been circulating for some time that Apple could install the sensors for the Face ID function directly under the display. This is technically possible, since manufacturers like ZTE, Xiaomi, and even Samsung with the Z Fold 3 already install the front camera under the display. With the latest pixel technology, the cameras disappear completely and can hardly be distinguished from the rest of the screen. However, the biggest limitation so far is the picture quality, since the cameras practically have to take pictures past the pixels above. Face ID does not have that problem, though, since the sensors only have to recognize the outline of the face.

In all likelihood, Apple will take a two-pronged approach with the iPhone 14. While the front camera will be placed in a small hole-punch recess, Face ID will disappear completely under the display. Leaker Dylandkt, according to the site “Apple Track” with an accuracy rate of 77.5 percent, has information that Apples could not find any limitations in the functionality of Face ID in tests.

Fingerprint sensor for Touch ID under the display unlikely

Meanwhile, sources disagree on whether there will also be a fingerprint under the display. Some expect Touch ID to return as early as the iPhone 14, albeit possibly only in the premium Pro Max model. Others, including Kuo, predict that Apple will not integrate Touch ID in the iPhones before 2023.

After aluminum now also titanium?

The speculations about the material Apple could use to build the iPhone 14 are also interesting. So far, the smartphones have mostly been made of aluminum, and the company also uses stainless steel for its Apple Watch. According to analysts from JP Morgan Chase, there will also be a new version of the iPhone 14 made of titanium. This could make the device particularly robust, because titanium is an extremely hard but also lightweight material. It would therefore be much harder to bend and would hardly scratch. Using a process recently patented by Apple, the manufacturer could produce a surface with a high-gloss look. The titanium is chemically anodized and etched, making it resistant to scratches and fingerprints.

Will the battery be charged via USB-C port?

Again and again, there are also reports about the iPhone 14 that seem very familiar. For example, there is once again talk of an iPhone with a USB-C port. Apple has long since switched to the general charging port for the iPad, but the company still relies on Lightning for its smartphones. This is also a thorn in the side of politicians, who want to enforce uniform standards throughout Europe. Apple has resisted this so far, but is that likely to change?

As “iDropNews” reports, citing exclusive information, the iPhone 14 should bring USB-C. This would not only have the advantage that MacBook, iPad and iPhone could finally be connected and charged with only one charging cable, USB-C also enables faster data transfer.

Also new are reports about a feature that already exists in Android smartphones, but would be new for Apple’s iPhones – the ability to wirelessly charge AirPods with the iPhone, for example. This would then work by placing the AirPods case on the iPhone. The technology is called bilateral charging and has been standard for many Android smartphones for quite some time – here, however, rather under the term “reverse wireless charging”. The technical effort for the implementation should not be too high for Apple either. However, stronger batteries would probably be necessary to not limit the runtime of the iPhones too much.

However, another rumor, which Bloomberg picks up, speaks against the innovation. Apple is said to still be working on a charging mat. The previous model flopped in development and was officially discontinued two years ago. However, if Apple does start the project again, or at least keeps it open, bilateral charging with the iPhone is rather unlikely.

Processor and performance

Actually, Apple always brings its new iPhones in a bundle with a new processor. But this year, things could be a bit different. If the current reports from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo are correct, Apple will continue to use the already known A15 Bionic in the iPhone 14, which we already know from the iPhone 13. Only the Pro models will get a new chip called A16 Bionic. At the same time, the RAM will probably increase to 6 GB in all models, but the faster and more efficient LPDDR 5 is reserved for the Pro models. The gap between the normal and the Pro iPhones would thus grow further. And this equipment is expected:

  • iPhone 14 with 6.1 inches, Apple A15 Bionic and LPDDR 4x
  • 14 Max with 6.7 inches, Apple A15 Bionic and LPDDR 4x
  • iPhone 14 Pro with 6.1 inches, Apple A16 Bionic and LPDDR 5
  • 14 Pro Max with 6.7 inches, Apple A16 Bionic and LPDDR 5

How compact will the new chip be?

After the iPhone 12 and 13 are already equipped with a chip in the 5-nanometer process, it is actually time for an even more compact model in the iPhone 14. Many therefore expect that the A16 Bionic will probably be manufactured in the 3-nanometer process. Chip manufacturer TSMC is said to already be working on the new, extremely compact SoCs (System on Chip).

The motto “the bigger the better” does not apply to mobile chips. Here, the manufacturers strive for the most compact design possible. On the one hand, to save space in the already cramped case. On the other hand, to reduce the distances between components such as the numerous transistors. This leads to lower power consumption and increased performance during operation.

But the switch to more compact production is proving difficult, according to The Information. TSMC is apparently currently busy manufacturing the in-house M1 processors for the MacBooks. The increased order volume and the switch from the 5-nanometer to the 3-nanometer process present the company with challenges that are apparently difficult to overcome in time for mass production of the chips for the iPhone 14.

“The Information” therefore assumes that Apple will not yet be able to ship the iPhone 14 with a 3-nanometer chip. Instead, it will stick with the 5-nanometer model. This isn’t bad – quite the opposite – but it doesn’t bring the hoped-for leap to more performance and energy efficiency either.

Up to 2 TB storage under discussion

There’s also news when it comes to storage. Apple has just introduced a 1 TB version, and now there are reports of even more storage in the upcoming model. According to these reports, the two Pro models will be available with up to 2 TB, which will probably exceed all previous price limits. Apple will probably even break the 2000 euro mark.

The more memory is apparently made possible by the use of QLC flash memory. QLC stands for Quadruple Level Cell and indicates the increase in storage density. Thus, more data can be stored on the same area.

Camera

As early as 2021, industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple could finally raise the resolution of the main camera in the iPhone 14 Prowohl. Kuo has an accuracy rate of 75.9 percent when it comes to his predictions, according to Apple Track. The analyst suspects that the iPhone 14 Pro will need a new, higher-resolution sensor to record video in 8K. Accordingly, a 48-megapixel sensor that uses so-called pixel binning for photos is likely. Four pixels are merged into one, so the final resolution is again 12 MP – but with more image details. Many Android manufacturers already use this technology. Samsung, for example, downscales the images of the 108 MP sensor in the Galaxy S22 Ultra to 12 MP.

Kuos Prognose bekommt nun mehr Substanz durch einen Bericht der Marktanalyse-Firma “TrendForce” (77,4 Prozent Genauigkeit laut Apple Track). Die Firma mit Kontakten in der Lieferkette will ebenfalls erfahren haben, dass Apple im iPhone 14 Pro auf eine 48-MP-Camera setzten wird. Zuletzt hatte Apple die Auflösung 2015 beim Sprung von iPhone 6 auf iPhone 6s von 8 MP auf 12 MP erhöht.

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Launch date and prices

There is still time before the iPhone 14 is unveiled. Therefore, all previous reports should be taken with a grain of salt.

If a tweet from leaker “LeaksApplePro” is anything to go by, the changeover of the iPhone 14 lineup will lead to prices going up. Due to the discontinuation of the iPhone mini ($699), $799 would be the entry price for a new iPhone in the future – an indirect price increase. The new iPhone 14 Max is supposed to be available for 100 USD more. This would probably be a larger version of the iPhone 14 with otherwise unchanged hardware.

The Pro models of the iPhone 14, on the other hand, are expected to get a direct price increase of $100. One reason for this is that the high-end models have to differentiate themselves from the cheaper standard models. However, since the iPhone 14 Max is already supposed to cost 899 USD, 999 USD – as with the iPhone 13 Pro – would be too little. Another reason for price increases is said to be increased production costs. Accordingly, various parts have become more expensive due to the chip shortage.