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More leaks have emerged of the new Apple iPhone 14, due to be launched towards the middle of next month.
Although users can expect an improved camera, perhaps most eye-catching of all might be the new range of colors which include a shimmering purple whose tone appears to change depending on the angle being viewed.
Apple has already tried using varying colors on its Midnight iPhone 13 and M2 chip MacBook Air models, but this appears to be far more striking.
A preview of the new metallic purple casing of the phone was shared by Apple leaker DuanRui on Twitter.
The new Apple iPhone 14 will have the option to come in purple with the item ‘shimmering’ and changing its tone depending on the angle it is viewed
A preview of the new metallic purple casing of the phone was leaked online
The color of the purple casing appears to change depending on the angle of the light
Various other color options the forthcoming iPhone 14 are said to include navy blue, gold, graphite and silver.
It would be the first time blue has been an option for the phone with similarly shimmering quality and would replace pink for the standard iPhone 13 and Sierra Blue for the iPhone 13 Pro.
Other features will include a bigger camera, a notch-free screen, and an always-on display that will show a small amount of ‘quickly glanceable’ information before it is unlocked.
Apple has announced it will hold an event at its headquarters in California on September 7 with pre-orders for the iPhone 14 range expected to start on September 9 reports Forbes, with the blue and purple iPhone 14 Pro / Pro Max likely to sell out first.
Some have rumored the iPhone 14 will offer direct satellite communication – a feature that was floated back in 2021. This would allow users to call for emergency help in places with no cellular service.
Some preview artistic images have been released but now some leaks are occuring
The iPhone 14 will also come in graphite and silver
One Chinese leaker showed off a kevlar-lined bullet proof phone case
Apple confirmed its upcoming event will take place on September 7. The firm typically unveils the new iPhone around this time of year
Apple’s stock price declined 3 per cent in the last week or so and it is around 10 per cent down since the start of the year
Although Apple is famously tight-lipped about new releases, here’s what we know so far about the iPhone 14:
Bigger and better camera
As usual, it is likely that the new iPhone models will feature improvements to the camera.
MacRumours saw a note from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo last year, which said the iPhone 14 Pro models will come with a 48-megapixel Ultra Wide camera and 8K video recording capability.
This is a vast improvement over the iPhone 13 Pro models, which have a 12-megapixel camera. However, the upgrades will not be available on the standard iPhone 14 models.
Leaked specs posted to Twitter by renowned tipster Max Weinbach shows that all of the new phones could see increases in the size of the camera ‘bump’.
iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will have a square camera bump on the rear measuring 1.44-inches by 1.5 inches (36.73mm by 38.21mm), according to the leaked specs – slightly larger than on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max.
The camera lenses themselves will also protrude outwards by 0.16 inches (4.17mm) on both the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, compared to 0.14 inches (3.6mm) on the iPhone 13 models, according to the leak.
Protruding camera components are unpopular with some smartphone fans, as they require protection from an extra chunky smartphone cases to stop them from being damaged.
The increased size of the camera bump will also prevent an iPhone 13 Pro Max case from fitting an iPhone 14 Pro Max.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the front-facing camera will have a wider aperture to allow more light to enter the lens and create sharper images.
It will allegedly have improved autofocus capabilities for video calls.
iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will have a square camera bump on the rear measuring 1.44-inch by 1.5 inch (36.73mm by 38.21mm), according to leaked specs. These numbers are larger than the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Max. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max camera lenses themselves will also protrude outwards by 0.16-inch (4.17mm), the leak claims
Analyst Ross Young and website 9to5Mac have both said that the new models will be slightly larger in size – with the iPhone 14 Pro running at 6.12′ and the iPhone 14 Pro Max at 6.69′. That compares with 6.06′ and 6.68′ for the previous models.
Kuo suggests the biggest change, as far as appearance, is the removal of the notch cutout at the top of the phone
Ever since the launch of the iPhone X in 2017, Apple’s smartphones have featured a broad black ‘notch’ at the top of the display.
Widely unpopular, the black bar houses the front-facing cameras and Face ID technology, but has been lambasted for reminding men of a receding hairline.
It also eats away into the display, and is particularly obstructive while watching films or playing games.
The removal of the notch was first revealed by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in March 2021, but since then details of what will replace it have evolved.
Chinese social media site Weibo leaked a schematic in February, which appears to show two cut-outs that will replace the notch.
The left cut-out is pill-shaped, including the front camera, Face ID infrared camera, and possibly other components, while the right is circular for the Face ID dot projector.
Display analyst Ross Young revealed that some of the Face ID hardware may be moved to under the display, reducing the size necessary for the cutouts.
It is thought that these technologies will only be included in the iPhone 14 Pro models, while the standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will still have the notch.
Since 2017, all iPhones have come with a ‘notch’ at the top of the front display that houses the front-facing camera and the Face ID sensors. However it has been widely circulated that the Cupertino firm will be ditching this in favour or a ‘hole punch’ camera and pill-shaped cutout for the Face ID elements
IPHONE 14 RUMOURS SO FAR
- Bigger camera ‘bump’ and Ultra Wide 48-megapixel lens
- Replacement of ‘notch’ on front display with ‘hole punches’ for camera lens and Face ID technology
- Purple option
- iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro will have a 6.1-inch screen, while the Max versions will have a 6.7-inch screen. There will be no iPhone 14 Mini
- Faster A16 chip
- e-SIM only compatibility
- ‘Always On’ display mode
- ProMotion technology enables faster refresh speeds
- Satellite connectivity for sending emergency texts with no signal or WiFi
A rumour posted to Weibo in April claimed that all four iPhone 14 models could come with the colour option of purple, of which will shift in tone in the light.
The iPhone 14 and 14 Max are thus rumoured to be available in black, white, blue, red and purple, while the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max could come in graphite, gold, silver, and purple.
Apple tipster Jioriku claimed on Twitter the colour replaces the pink of the standard iPhone 13 models, and Sierra Blue of the iPhone 13 Pro models.
The latest renders of the body of the lower-end iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max versions were revealed in March by Indian technology news site MySmartPrice.
These looked exactly the same as the previous iPhone 13, with a flat-edged design, notch on the front display and camera bump with the diagonal lens layout.
According to MacRumours, images of prototype moulds created for the four devices in the upcoming iPhone 14 line were shared on Weibo, revealing that the new models will be slightly larger in size than the previous models.
These are a 6.1-inch iPhone 14, a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max.
The larger 6.7-inch iPhone is replacing the mini model, as disappointing sales numbers mean the tech giant is doing away with that line completely.
In July last year, iPhoneWired claimed a report from JP Morgan Chase revealed that the chassis surrounding the glass is also expected to come in titanium.
This material only so far utilised on the Apple Watches, and is stronger and more scratch and corrosion-resistant than aluminium or steel.
However recent Tweets from Jioriku claim this idea was scrapped as it was too ‘hard to work with’ and ‘not cost effective’.
Weibo shared images of prototype cases created for the four devices in the upcoming iPhone 14 line, revealing their sizes. These are a 6.1-inch iPhone 14, a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max
The iPhone 14 range may also come without a physical slot for a SIM card, meaning that it would support eSIM only.
The eSIM allows for phone plans to be added to a handset without use of a physical card, and eSIM functionality was enabled on some of the iPhone 13 models.
The Wall Street Journal has reported that Apple told major network providers to prepare for an eSIM-only iPhone to be released this year, although it may be a gradual change.
Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed that the standard iPhone 14 models are likely to continue to use the same A15 chip that was introduced in the iPhone 13 series.
However, the iPhone 14 Pro models may receive a faster A16 chip, marking the first time an improved chip is installed only in the Pro models of an iPhone series.
This could have been influenced by the ongoing supply issues with Taiwanese chip manufacturer TSMC.
Faster refresh and ‘Always-On’
Ross Young has also suggested that the iPhone 14 Pro models will come with ‘ProMotion’ technology.
This will allow the display to automatically refresh at a frequency of 120Hz, allowing for smoother scrolling and appearance of content.
Apple tipster Mark Gurman at Bloomberg also reported in May that the the new Pro smartphones will feature an always-on display mode just like Apple Watch.
The phone screen will display a small amount of ‘quickly glanceable’ information before it has been unlocked.
Such a feature would be similar to Android phones that always show basic information – like time and battery level – on a dark screen while conserving power.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a car crash detection feature is planned for 2022, so could be included in the new iPhone series.
Sensors in the device will measure a spike in gravitational force caused by a vehicle collision, and then automatically dial emergency services to get help.
It is touted to be an expansion on the Fall Detection feature already in existence on Apple Watches and iPhones, that uses the accelerometer sensor.
The iPhone 14s are widely reported to be installed with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon X65 modem, which allows for satellite connectivity.
Bloomberg reported last year that Apple plan to utilise the satellites to enable iPhone users to send texts in emergency situations when they have no signal or access to WiFi.
They will also be able to report accidents to the emergency services, like collisions or fires, using the satellites if necessary.
These features are still in development but could be included this year.
Apple is expected to release the iPhone 14, its next flagship phone, on September 13 2022. Sources have revealed the iPhone 14 Pro model will have a larger camera ‘bump’ than before as the lenses offer higher resolution snap (file photo)
How much will it cost?
Recent iPhone 14 leaks claim Apple will raise prices, although there is disagreement about how much and which models.
In recent tweets, Ming-Chi Kuo estimated that the average selling price of the iPhone 14 series would increase by about 15 per cent in comparison to the iPhone 13 series.
Kuo explains that the average selling price for iPhone 14 models will be around $1,000-$1,050 ‘due to two iPhone 14 Pro’s price hikes and higher shipment proportion’.
This means customers are expected to pay, on average, roughly $150 more when buying an iPhone 14 compared to an iPhone 13 – one of the biggest price jumps in iPhone history.
It means the cost would increase to $1,148.85 and $1,263.85, respectively, however it should be pointed out that the exact cost has not yet been revealed to the public.
Rumors say the iPhone 14 could cost 15 percent more than the iPhone 13 (pictured) due to inflation