Analysts point to four models without ‘notch’ and with flush rear cameras
Although the iPhone 13 hit the stores last week, rumors about the model that will succeed him are already rampant on the network of networks. Some endorsed by the most prestigious analysts in the sector, in close contact with the production chains.
The first reviews of the new iPhones coincide in
a lukewarm jump compared to the terminals of last year, with discrete improvements in optics and performance. Hence, many users wonder whether to renew the phone this year or wait for the aforementioned iPhone 14. This is what we know at the moment.
The goodbye of the iPhone mini?
Ming-Chi Kuo, a reliable source for his predictions, asserts that the iPhone mini (5.4-inch) will leave the market in favor of
a standard iPhone 14 with a 6.7-inch screen. In this way, we would continue to have four models to choose from:
■ iPhone 14 (6.1 inch)
■ iPhone 14 Max (6.7 inches)
■ iPhone 14 Pro (6.1 Inch)
■ iPhone 14 Pro Max (6.7 inches)
As is customary, Pro phones would be several hundred euros ahead of their younger siblings, by housing a greater number of cameras on the back.
The commercialization of an iPhone 14 Max would make perfect sense, since there are many users who are looking for an iPhone with a large format screen but are not interested in the most cutting-edge photographic sensors.
A different question is whether prices will increase compared to those of the iPhone 13, a probability that we cannot rule out before
semiconductor shortage motivated by the pandemic.
The ‘notch’ question
Both Kuo and Jon Prosser, another of the most consulted profiles on the Apple ecosystem, assert that the controversial ‘notch’ will disappear with the iPhone 14. Instead, those from Cupertino will bet on
a hole-in-the-wall front camera, a less invasive solution that many manufacturers have already adopted.
The prediction contains not a few questions, however.
Where will Apple place the sensors inherent in its award-winning facial recognition system? The lens arrangement under the screen does not seem advanced enough for this, so there are only two options: that Face ID disappears from the equation (which seems unlikely) or that its components are miniaturized and hidden in the upper frame of the screen. telephone.
The latter does not match the information that the iPhone 14 will lower its bezels even more (in a design that will bet on the continuity between front and back), but it does with the hypothesis of
thicker terminal, which in turn would enable a substantial improvement in autonomy.
There is no hump that is worth
iPhone 4 versus the supposed iPhone 14 /
Another consequence (or perhaps the main reason) of less stylish iPhone 14 is
that the rear cameras stop protruding from the body of the phone, an aspect criticized by a certain segment of users. If the iPhone 12 was an approximation to the design of the iPhone 4, the iPhone 14 will practically replicate it: rounded corners and a flush rear lens that will give a much more elegant result. This is at least the point in the conceptual designs published by Prosser himself.
Unfortunately, information about the photographic sensors themselves has not been revealed, so it only remains to speculate with improved macro and kinematic modes among other cutting-edge features. What does seem certain is that
Apple will stay true to its proprietary connector (Lightning), ignoring the
pressure from the European Commission and contradicting its policy towards the rest of the products that make up its catalog:
iPads and MacBooks already include USB-C ports.
The last sticking point for the next iPhones, scheduled for introduction in September 2022, lies in
the return of Touch ID. The recognition technology could return either by placing itself under the screen, or on the power button of smartphones, a highly applauded solution compared to the fourth and sixth generation iPad Air and iPad Mini respectively.
With this information on the table and considering that everything could change at the last moment (see the unaltered design of the
Apple Watch Series 7 when everyone took a radical change for granted),
logic dictates waiting for the iPhone 14 to change mobile … if our current model is not more than two or three years old.