The iPhone 13 has just hit stores but experts are already looking ahead to what the next iteration of the world’s most popular smartphone will look like.
In his latest Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman predicted the incremental tweaks to the iPhone 13 were to give Apple a chance to focus on a overhauling its design for the iPhone 14, expected in 2022.
Gurman was light on details on this overhaul but did say consumers should expect ‘new entry-level and Pro models and a complete redesign.’
Earlier this month, Apple tipster Jon Prosser predicted the iPhone 14 is also going to see the iPhone’s notch ditched in favor of a room-saving punch-hole selfie camera.
Prosser, who hosts the YouTube channel Front Page Tech, claims to have seen renderings of the iPhone 14 Pro Max with the punch-hole design.
It isn’t clear what Apple will do with the flood illuminator, ambient light sensor, infrared camera, and other sensors housed in the notch—some of which are needed to make Face ID work.
It’s possible it will swap out Face ID in favor of a Touch ID underneath the display.
Prosser’s predictions on models lines up with other well-placed sources, including Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who believe Apple will do away the iPhone mini next year, in favor of a regular iPhone 14, two versions of the iPhone 14 Pros, and an iPhone 14 Max.
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Days after the iPhone 13 went on sale, Apple prognosticator Mark Gurman said the Apple iPhone 14 would see a ‘complete redesign’
Calling the iPhone 13 ‘no major step up’ from its predecessors, Gurman indicated Apple’s main strategy was to get longtime users to upgrade their pre-5G phones.
‘The minor changes this year also mean that Apple’s engineers were working behind the scenes on bigger things that will take more time,’ Gurman wrote.
‘With the iPhone 14, you can expect new entry-level and Pro models and a complete redesign. Until then, enjoy the iPhone 13—or just stick with the iPhone 12.’
Apple reportedly ended production of the iPhone 12 mini this summer after months of ‘disappointing sales performance,’ according to Taiwanese research firm TrendForce.
Insiders claiming that a punch-hole camera would replace the notch dates back to March, when Kuo first made the pronouncement in a report to Apple supply chain investors, 9to5Mac reported.
It’s a configuration already used by several Android phones.
Earler this year Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted the top-tier iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max would lose their ‘notch’ in favor of a punch-hole camera
The notch will disappear on the top-tier iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, Kuo said, but would very possibly remain on the standard iPhone 14.
Prosser suggested that the iPhone 14 will be thicker—predicting Apple will remove the iPhone’s camera bump but fill the added space with an even bigger battery.
‘The new model would supposedly resemble a supersized iPhone 4 with a band-like titanium outer ring, flush rear cameras and a thicker chassis,’ Engadget reported.
Kuo’s report from March also indicated that some time in the first half of 2022, Apple would release a new 5G iPhone SE, its first entry-priced model with the high-speed cellular network after introducing it with the iPhone 12.
That could very well mean the end of non-5G phones for Apple moving forward, as Nikkei Asia reported in July.
Kuo also believes the iPhone 14 will be the first released without a Lightning port, in favor of MagSafe chargers and wireless charging capabilities.
Apple may ditch the Lightning port in favor of MagSafe chargers (above) and wireless charging to circumvent the European Commission’s plans to require all smartphone and other electronic devices to use a common USB-C port
The move would be one way to circumvent the European Commission’s plans to require all smartphone and other electronic devices to use a common USB-C port.
In his newsletter, Gurman admitted Apple was playing a bit of catch-up with the competition and since Samsung is now pushing foldable phones, an iPhone Flip ‘could release in a few years.’
Earlier this month, Kuo claimed Apple would release a foldable iPhone Flip in 2024, pushing back from his original report that some 15 to 20 million foldable phones would ship in 2023.
The iPhone flip would feature an 8-inch display with a ‘3,200 x 1,800-pixel resolution,’ Kuo said.