After Apple released a somewhat unexciting third-gen iPhone SE last month, the company is now getting ready for the iPhone 14 launch later this fall. Apple is expected to play it safe by leveraging the same hardware design introduced with the iPhone 12 two years ago, but Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is reporting that there could still be some important changes in the lineup.
According to the report, the iPhone 14 Pro models are expected to feature a larger camera bump housing a new 48-megapixel sensor for the wide-angle camera. The non-Pro iPhone 14 models, however, should keep a 12MP main camera. Under the hood, Apple is also expected to use brand new A16 chips in iPhone 14 Pro models, while the regular iPhone 14 models will stick to the same A15 chips already used in last year’s iPhone 13.
The other significant design change on the iPhone 14 Pro lineup could be a redesigned notch on the front. “That notch will include a pill-shaped cutout for Face ID and a circular cutout for the camera. That will be Apple’s solution until it’s able to fully embed Face ID and the front-facing camera into the display itself,” Gurman explained, adding that this new design could be “at least three or four years away.”
According to the report, Apple is also expected to not release a successor to the iPhone 13 Mini this year. Instead, the company is planning to introduce a new 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max as a cheaper alternative to the 6.7” iPhone 14 Pro Max. Citing the Max model’s popularity in some markets including China, Gurman believes that the new 6.7” iPhone Max “will be extremely popular given that users will now be able to get Apple’s largest iPhone size for at least $200 less than before.”
To summarize, here are the four different iPhone models that could be in the pipeline for later this year:
- 6.1-inch iPhone 14
- 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max
- 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro
- 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max
The iPhone 14 lineup is also expected to introduce satellite connectivity for the first time, but with a twist. “The iPhone won’t be getting the ability to make calls over satellite networks. Instead, the feature is designed to report emergencies or send short texts to emergency contacts when out of cellular service range,” explained Gurman. Apple is also said to be interested in bringing satellite connectivity to the Apple Watch, though this feature may not arrive until next year.