NSBut it’s never too early to start discussing what the next model might look like for the consumer tech community. This is true with the iPhone 14 (or whatever Apple decides to call it). We don’t know much about the next iPhone’s features or even the price right now, but several credible design whispers are making their way around the rumor mill. If they’re accurate, they paint a picture of the upcoming iPhone which is set for a major redesign.
iPhone 14 Display: Taking it Down a Notch
This has persisted for years, but one of the biggest rumors is the iPhone 14 Will not done passed. After introducing the notch on the iPhone X in 2017, Apple may finally drop it next year. According to eminent Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo, the company will trade it in for a smaller hole-punch camera in the Pro model. The hole-punch design refers to a display that has only a small circular cutout for the front camera, as seen in several recent launches by Samsung.And ,
The notch is home to the components that make Face ID work, which means Apple may need to shrink all that technology so that an iPhone without a notch can become a reality. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman also hinted at its removal in the September edition of his Power On newsletter, in which he predicted a “complete redesign” for the iPhone 14.
iPhone 14 Camera Design: Falling Down
Another design feature rumored to be on Apple’s hit list is the chunky camera bump. The iPhone 13 lineup has a protruding camera bump, with two or three lenses depending on the model. According to John Prosser, who has a hit-and-miss accuracy record, the iPhone of the future will eliminate bumping entirely, which could mean a thicker chassis for camera components to fit in. According to Prosser, the body of the iPhone 14 is going to be a “fat boy”. But can it be thick enough to contain all that camera hardware without the chunky camera setup on the back? I am taking this rumor with a grain of salt.
iPhone 14 Chassis: Tough and Light
Speaking about the chassis of the iPhone, Prosser also saidFor the first time ever, replacing stainless steel. This rumor was first mentioned in a July report by the China office of JPMorgan Chase. Apple has previously used titanium alloys in select Apple Watch models, including the Series 7. Titanium alloy rivals steel in hardness while weighing less than stainless steel. Titanium is also more resistant to scratches, corrosion and bending.
Will the iPhone 14 Fold?
Maybe not. To be clear, we can’t say for sure whether a foldable iPhone will ever see the light of day, but I expect it to be within the next few years. A Bloomberg report published in January said that Apple already has a working prototype of a foldable iPhone display, but did not confirm a launch timeline. Other outlets, including Taiwan’s Economic Daily, pinned 2022 as the year the foldable iPhone will arrive. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revised his forecast two years later — to 2024, earlier than 2023.
Remember, the iPhone 13 was an incremental upgrade from the iPhone 12. That means it’s potentially setting the stage for a comprehensive design overhaul when the iPhone 14 or 15 comes around, just as Apple revamped the look of its phones with the iPhone X.