About four months from now, Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 14 lineup. Now rumors regarding new devices so far have focused on the iPhone 14 Pro, rather than the standard iPhone 14. Those things raise questions about what the real difference between the iPhone 14 and the older generation iPhone 13 will be.
It is expected that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will attract attention with features such as thinner screen borders, TrueDepth camera cluster design “perforated in the shape of a pill” instead of a notch, but it seems that the iPhone 14 models The standard will lack these upgrades. This is also the first time that standard iPhone models are said to not have Apple’s latest chip, with the “A16 Bionic” exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro. According to rumors to date, the standard iPhone 14 models will not have a host of new features exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro models, including:
- TrueDepth camera cluster “perforated pill-shaped” instead of the rabbit ears.
- Taller screen with thinner bezels.
- More curved corners.
- Chipset A16.
- 48MP wide-angle main camera, capable of 8K video recording.
Other rumors also hint at a titanium frame and vapor chamber cooling system exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro models, though more unlikely. It looks like Apple is planning to continue to differentiate the iPhone Pro and non-Pro models with more and more power. Strictly speaking, many new, high-end features will appear on the Pro models, before moving down to the non-Pro models in the next generation. For instance, the standard iPhone 15 models are rumored to feature the pill-shaped punch-hole TrueDepth camera cluster design of the iPhone 14 Pro.
So, what upgrades and features will the standard iPhone 14 models expected to be released later this year offer?
Larger Size Option: iPhone 14 Max
It is expected that this year’s iPhone 14 series will have a new member called iPhone 14 Max and equipped with a 6.7-inch screen like the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro Max. In the same way that the “mini” iPhones offer all the same features as the standard iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models of the last few years, it is expected that the iPhone 14 Max will bring all the same features as the standard iPhone 14. standard but with a significantly larger screen.
While there won’t be an iPhone 14 mini, the iPhone 14 Max offers an option for users who want a new big-screen iPhone but don’t need “Pro” features like the Pro Motion display and telephoto camera. As one of the most notable visual changes in this year’s iPhone lineup, the iPhone 14 Max could take center stage in the iPhone 14’s marketing.
50% More Memory:
Renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that all iPhone 14 models will have 6GB of memory, with the standard iPhone 14 models using the LPDDR4X memory standard, while the iPhone 14 Pro models are using LPDDR5 memory.
Currently, the iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 have 4GB of memory, while the Phone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max already have 6GB of RAM. This amount of RAM is unchanged from the iPhone 12 series. Although Kuo suggests that all iPhone 14 models will have 6GB of memory, the LPDDR5 standard of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be one-and-a-half times faster and save money. Save up to 30% more electricity.
50% more memory in iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max could allow them to keep more apps and browser tabs open in the background to keep processes going faster, giving developers more headroom to build powerful, memory-hungry apps, and secure the future of these phones for years to come.
Improved Battery Life:
iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max could improve battery life thanks to a new, more efficient 5G chip.
The iPhone 14’s 5G RF chip is said to be manufactured based on TSMC’s 6nm process, providing a smaller physical chip with lower power consumption. The 6nm RF process allows the chip to use less power on both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G bands, while still delivering high performance.
Also to be more efficient, shrinking the large RF transceiver component inside the iPhone is said to free up physical space. Each mm2 recovered creates more space for a larger battery. With that, improved performance and miniaturization of the RF chip inside the iPhone seems to result in better battery life overall.
Wi-Fi Connection 6E:
All iPhone 14 models are expected to support Wi-Fi 6E. Wi-Fi 6E delivers the features and capabilities of Wi-Fi 6, including higher performance, lower latency, and faster data speeds, and is extended to the 6GHz band. The extra band that provides more coverage beyond the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max could improve battery life thanks to a new, more efficient 5G chip.
The iPhone 14’s 5G RF chip is said to be built on TSMC’s 6nm process, providing a physically smaller chip with lower power consumption. The 6nm RF process allows the chip to use less power on both 5G and mmWave bands below 6GHz while delivering high performance.
Also to be more efficient, shrinking the large RF transceiver component inside the iPhone is said to free up physical space. Each square millimeter of volume recovered is supposed to create more space for a larger battery. Along with that, the improved performance and miniaturization of the iPhone 14’s RF chip is said to result in better battery life overall.
Emergency Satellite Feature:
As an initially rumored feature for the iPhone 13 series, the Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 modem in the iPhone 14 series is expected to support a number of satellite-based emergency features, allowing users to send messages during emergency situations. and report major emergencies in locations without cellular coverage.
Specifically, Satellite Emergency Messaging will allow users to text emergency services and contacts using a satellite network when there is no cellular or Wi-Fi signal. It will be a new communication protocol alongside SMS and iMessage, marked with a gray message bubble and limited message length. Another feature will allow users to report major emergencies such as plane crashes or fires using satellite communications.
These features are still in development and are expected to launch in 2022 at the earliest, but other predictions claim the feature will arrive with the iPhone 14 series and Apple Watch Series 8.
Improved Ultra-wide Camera:
Although the iPhone 14 models are said to not have the new 48MP wide-angle camera and maintain the 12MP camera like on the iPhone 13, all standard 2022 iPhones can see improvements to the ultra-wide camera.
iPhone 13 Pro introduced a ƒ/1.8, 6P ultra-wide camera (6-element lens) with autofocus. This year, this improved ƒ/1.8 ultra-wide camera is said to be brought down to the two standard iPhone 14 models.
Improved Front Camera:
Along with the improvements to the rear camera system, the front camera of the iPhone 14 also seems to have more significant improvements.
Specifically, all four iPhone 14 models will likely be equipped with an upgraded front-facing camera system with autofocus and ƒ/1.9 wide aperture. To make it easier to imagine, the front camera on all current iPhone 13 models is only fixed focus with an aperture of ƒ/2.2.
A wider aperture will allow more light to pass through the lens and reach the sensor. These camera upgrades can improve depth of field effects for Portrait mode photos and videos, Kuo says, while autofocus can be enhanced during FaceTime and video calls. Zoom.
New Color Options:
iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max are likely to come in multiple color options, including black, white, blue, red and purple.
If the black and white options for the iPhone 14 allude to Midnight and Starlight, the new color options will no longer be Pink and Green in the iPhone 13 series. Except for the additional mid-cycle colors. Periodically, information shows that iPhone 14 will be released with the same number of color options as its predecessors.
As in the last couple of years when the colors have been the same across generations, the iPhone 14’s red and blue color options are likely to get a nuanced refresh compared to the iPhone 13. However, the iPhone’s color choice 14 as well as the iPhone 14 Pro may look quite similar to the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, but could be overshadowed by the return of purple.
The purple option for the iPhone 14 seems to make sense because Apple introduced purple for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini during a mid-cycle refresh last April to a positive response from customers. And the 24-inch iMac, iPad mini 6, and iPad Air 5 are all available in Purple.