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Apple iPhone 14: News, Rumors, and Release Dates

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite times of each year is that beautiful fall season where Apple unveils their gorgeous new designs for the next line of iPhones. The excitement filled anxiety is like watching the Super-Bowl each year and waiting for the Super-Bowl Halftime Show or tuning in to E3 every year to see what new games will be released to the world. It’s a chilling rush that has you saying to yourself “This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for…”


In case you don’t already know, the lifespan of the iPhone 13 line-up is about halfway. And what that means is that the world is starting to get excited about the release of iPhone 14. To many, it was an unpleasant surprise that the iPhone 13 design wasn’t exactly much different than the iPhone 12 release, but this year we have reason to believe that the iPhone 14 will feature a brand-new upgrade in its design layout.


iPhone 13 & iPhone 13 Pro. Current year's design.
iPhone 13 & iPhone 13 Pro. Current year's design.

Past history has shown us that Apple likes to keep their current iPhone design around for approximately 3 years. This year however we are suspecting that Apple will break that trend with the iPhone 14 by offering an all-new design that displays multiple changes.


When doing our normal stakeouts for “NEW news” and rumors, we have heard quite a bit of rumors circling around about the removal of the notch that is featured on current iPhones. In fact, some of those rumors suggest that instead of a notch, the iPhone 14 may feature a pill-shaped cutout for the Face ID sensors and the front-facing camera. Other rumors say that there may be two cutouts. Whatever it is, it’s already starting to feel MAGICAL!


iPhone 14 Pro new notch design concept. Image source: the Hacker 34 (IG/Youtube).
iPhone 14 Pro new notch design concept. Image source: the Hacker 34 (IG/Youtube).

One of the things to worry about with these cutouts is if they will be larger than expected. According to some leaked schematics, the cutouts will be just a bit larger than many of the other hole-punch type cutouts that we see in smartphones today. One source says that one of the iPhone models will get a cutout of some kind just for the front facing camera, which is meant to replace the notch. Whether this will be featured on the Pro models or standard, we don’t know at this time.


Something to note though is that if there is a possibility that the iPhone 14 will only have one notch for the front-facing camera, then that would leave reason to assume that Apples Face ID technology will be outfitted underneath the screen. In my opinion this would be pretty impressive, and definitely something we have been waiting for Apple to do for quite some time now.


As we journey to the back of the iPhone, we may be in store for a variety of changes around the rear camera. Leaks suggest that the Pro models will get a new camera array that will replace that large camera bump that we all wish wasn’t there. It also seems like we may be getting the round-style volume buttons that used to come standard on the iPhone 4. (I don’t know about you, but I loved those.) And we may be keeping the lighting port as the charging mechanism, although I would give many things for them to take those next steps into the USB-C abyss.


iPhone design concept may change in 2022. Here's to new beginnings!
iPhone design concept may change in 2022. Here's to new beginnings!

Along with any MAJOR changes to the brand of the iPhone, we can surely expect there to be smaller tweaks as well. Like the possibility of the new iPhone having 1-2 new unique colors to choose from, or the fact that we may very well see a change to the rear camera layout for the iPhone 14. I mean it changed for the 13 slightly, why not for the 14? And another thing that I always LOVE hearing when it comes to iPhone upgrades, is a STRONGER IPHONE! Well, it has been rumored that the iPhone 14 will have a titanium alloy, allowing the iPhone 14 to be stronger than its predecessors.


Do you remember those late-night stakeouts that I mentioned earlier? Well on one of our short Sunday night stakeouts, we were able to intercept a rumor from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who said that Apple may very well be changing the lineup of the iPhone. It is possible that Apple could get rid of the “mini” model and only offer two set sizes for the iPhone 14. With that being said, I think we will still get a chance to choose between the standard and the premium versions. So if this rumor proves to be true, this year we will have a starting line-up of the iPhone 14, the iPhone 14 Max, the iPhone 14 Pro, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max.


Apple 2022 iPhone line-up may be featured without the iPhone mini.
Apple 2022 iPhone line-up may be featured without the iPhone mini.

iPhone 14 Specs


This year the iPhone 14 should definitely have some spec bumps and upgrades from the iPhone 13. This is something that we ALWAYS hope for, and no matter how big or how small, it is something we ALWAYS get.


One of the things that we can look forward to in the iPhone 14 is the new A16 next-gen chip. The iPhone 13 currently features an A15 Bionic chip. Adding that chip and including the possibility of more RAM, the iPhone 14 will have a nice performance boost over the pre-existing models. Having additional RAM for any smartphone is always a plus, because it allows our personal devices to remain good at multitasking and support for larger games and apps.


Another thing to add, and it is something that I am so excited to see, is that Apple may be giving this set of iPhones a new 5G chip. This will be in favor of the newer TSMC 5G chips which will definitely impact 5G performance but will also help improve on battery life for the iPhones.


Apple always has exciting new specs featured on every iPhone release.
Apple always has exciting new specs featured on every iPhone release.

iPhone 14 Display


In recent years, it seems like the biggest change in the display of the iPhone would be the addition of ProMotion in the iPhone 13 and the 120Hz refresh rate. Some early reporting is indicating that these perks will soon come on the standard iPhone models as well. Unfortunately, we also have reports that say ProMotion will only come to the iPhone 14 Pro models. So that… pretty much means we are still in the dark on this, but we will be sure to let you know once we get more details on that.


Something I would love to witness is for Apple to show some improvement on the resolution frontier. The iPhone 12 currently has a 1170p display, but most manufacturers include at least 1440p displays in their most premium phones. To see 1440p or higher resolution in all iPhones would be kind of epic. It’s a huge statement as far as keeping things up to date and advanced with the current times.


Now….. I have also been hearing some whispers in the wind about the possibility of Touch ID returning to some of the newer model iPhones. I’m not sure if I would be excited to see the old Touch ID embedded in the new iPhones, however some reports indicate that Apple could be planning to bring in-display fingerprint sensors to iPhones. I guess we will just have to see on this, because every year we have some nice, juicy rumors that we all get excited about, and then we find out that they didn’t come to pass. My best advice is to just wait and see what’s in store!


Apple iPhone's OLED Super Retina XDR Display.
Apple iPhone's OLED Super Retina XDR Display.

iPhone 14 Camera


We are also expected to see some tweaks & upgrades to cameras in the iPhone 14. I mean we MUST see new changes when it comes to the iPhone camera, it’s one of the most exciting parts of the iPhone!


So, as you know with the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 12, Apple brought the larger camera sensor to the forefront, so I am curious to see what Apple has planned for the iPhone 14. Bigger is always better and better is always bigger, with that being said, what BIGGER and BETTER features can we expect for the iPhone 14? Will we see a 48-megapixel SUPER camera? Will we witness the introduction of a camera that supports 8K video recording? The sky has always been the limit with Apple, we just need Apple to reach!


It may even be possible to see Apple add more cameras to the new iPhone line-up. Smartphone manufacturers (LIKE SAMSUNG) have already brought quad camera systems to their high-end phones. Now it sort of looks like the ball is in Apple’s court.


 All iPhone models come outfitted with industry leading camera technology.
All iPhone models come outfitted with industry leading camera technology.

iPhone 14 Release Date


Now we ALL should know the answer to this one! Each year, Apple tends to release its new line-up around the month of September. So once again we can look forward to a magnificent product release date in the “Fall” of 2022.


The prices for the new iPhones are not yet confirmed, but the iPhone 14 could cost $800 while the iPhone 14 Max could cost $900. But don’t forget about the PRO’s The iPhone 14 Pro could cost $1000 and the iPhone 14 Pro Max could cost $1100.


Are iPhones worth the price point? OF COURSE!
Are iPhones worth the price point? OF COURSE!

Conclusion


I am OVERLY excited to see what Apple has in store for us this fall. For me, waiting to discover what new tech will be released in September, is like a kid waiting all night to see what gifts will be under the tree on Christmas Morning!


If you are a tech lover, it is very hard to not get excited about the release of new gadgets and gizmos every single year. I mean you are waiting for your mind to be amazed at the new age advancements that we now see come to fruition every single day.


Let’s just hope that Apple continues to keep that beautiful eye for creativity and design when it comes to developing Industry leading technology. 


Let's get ready for the next season of iPhone!
Let's get ready for the next season of iPhone!

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