What do we know about the iPhone 14? Well, quite a lot actually. Moreover, the main flow of leaks occurred at the end of last year. Despite the fact that the information is corrected from time to time, globally nothing changes. Therefore, we can already get a very specific impression of what the flagship Apple smartphone of the 2022 model will be like. Only recently it became known that the new A16 Bionic processor only two top models will receive, and two base ones will retain last year’s chip from the iPhone 13. We will dwell on this in more detail, but a little later. For now, we have more important aspects.
The iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will get a new type of notch and will be slightly larger than their predecessors. The increase in dimensions will occur mainly in thickness. Judging by the schematic images published by insider Max Voinakh, known for the accuracy of his plums, not only the body of the new Apple smartphone will become thicker, but also the main camera module, which is also waiting for an increase in area. It seems to be a trifle. But it’s not that simple.
Comparison of iPhone 13 Pro and 14 Pro
The images show that the changes cannot be called critical, but they are still there. Take a look iPhone 14 Pro dimensions themselves:
- iPhone 13 Pro – 7.65mm, iPhone 14 Pro – 7.85mm
- iPhone 13 Pro Max – 7.65mm, iPhone 14 Pro Max – 7.85mm
Body thickness with camera
- iPhone 13 Pro – 11.45mm, iPhone 14 Pro – 12.02mm
- iPhone 13 Pro Max – 11.45mm, iPhone 14 Pro Max – 12.02mm
Main unit dimensions iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max cameras grow by about 5%. This, of course, is not a breaking change, but rather unpleasant. It turns out that Apple is not yet ready to switch to the use of flat cases, as everyone expected, but on the contrary, it is only forced to increase their dimensions. This may mean that Cupertino has not yet mastered the technology of periscope cameras, when the module is located vertically and either does not protrude from the case at all, or almost does not protrude.
However, users are unlikely to pay attention to this, unless cases from last year’s iPhone fit. But hardly anyone will be very worried about this. In the end, not the first time. Moreover, the agenda will obviously be pulled over by the changed design of the front panel. The upgrade is waiting for only two older models – iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, but that should be enough. After all, the change is significant. It seems that Apple really decided to abandon the visor, which hid the face recognition sensors, in favor of a double cutout.
Both cutouts are planned to be placed, as before, exactly in the middle, but they will not be symmetrical to each other. The left recess will be in the form of a capsule or, if you like, an elongated oval. It will most likely include an infrared sensor and a 3D camera. And in the right notch, which will be round like almost all Android smartphones, they will place the front camera. As a result, the functionality will not suffer, and the appearance of the iPhone will change, as most users wanted.
iPhone 14 Pro design
Why new design only iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max shine, ask? Yes, for exactly the same reason that the iPhone 14 and 14 Max (6.7-inch version of the base iPhone) will not receive a new processor. And that reason is economics. Apple has long been looking for ways to reduce the cost of its smartphones, which is only growing so far, and has not come up with anything better than a deliberate stop to development. Of course, there will be no direct deterioration of models, as was the case with the iPad Air 5, but a slowdown in development is for sure.
Last year, the TSMC plant, which produces processors for Apple, raised the price of its flagship A15 Bionic chips by 15%. Today, the price of aluminum, which the company actively uses in its devices, has increased almost compared to last year. I’m not talking about the fact that the costs due to regular interruptions in supplies and the increase in the cost of other components clearly do not contribute to reducing the cost of branded Apple devices.
It is possible that the rejection periscope camera – if it took place – was caused by the same considerations. The company is now looking to keep its costs as low as possible. And the development of any new technologies is clearly not conducive to this. As a result, the company has to play marketing by creating the illusion of progress rather than progress itself.
Just look at what Cupertino was going to “take” the consumer – a double island-type cutout instead of a visor, an additional couple of gigabytes of RAM for basic models and, possibly, a titanium case, which may even be cheaper than pure aluminum.