5 things to know about Apple’s new 2022 line of phones
Despite fears of a global recession, analysts believe Apple will make big upgrades to the iPhone lineup this year. Although the series is expected to look like last year, it could feature a new camera system, a punch-hole display as well as an all-new “Max” model. Apple’s most important product remains the iPhone, which accounts for half of overall 2021 sales. Here’s a pick of five possible new features in the iPhone series, subject to the usual disclaimers surrounding any news from Cupertino .
The iPhone 14 Max will replace the “mini” model
For starters, it is said that the “mini” variant of the iPhone range will be replaced by a new “Max” model. Apple’s decision is likely due to a lack of takers for the compact smartphone. According to US iPhone sales data for the March quarter shared by Consumer Research Intelligence Partners (CRIP), the iPhone 13 mini accounted for just 3% of sales of all iPhone 13 models. that 2020’s iPhone 12 mini was also an unpopular model, this decision seems to make business sense.
And if the iPhone 14 Max is a good replacement for the iPhone 13 mini, it will be the same size as the 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro. This brings good news for those who always wanted a big-screen iPhone but couldn’t afford the “Pro” model due to financial constraints. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman predicts that Apple will sell the iPhone 14 Max for $899, $200 less than the iPhone 14 Pro. However, it will be $200 more than the iPhone mini and much more profitable for Apple even if it sells for a little more than the model it replaces.
Superior front camera across the iPhone 14 range
The iPhone 13’s front camera is good but not great. Since more and more users now want a high-quality front camera for video calling and live streaming even after lockdowns, an improved selfie camera on the iPhone 14 would be a logical move. Apple is reportedly in talks with LG Innotek for a more expensive high-end front-facing camera with autofocus for the iPhone 14 lineup. Apple typically sources the front-facing cameras used in iPhones from Chinese component suppliers.
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But this time, Apple wants to source the front cameras for the iPhone from South Korean component makers. In fact, the new front camera that would be used in the iPhone 14 will cost three times as much as the cameras used in previous models. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kou also heard from his sources that the entire iPhone 14 series will get an improved front camera with autofocus and a wider f/1.9 aperture. This should mean that a wider aperture would allow more light to pass through the lens, which would result in better image quality as well as a better depth of field effect for photos and videos in mode. portrait.
Is always-on display coming to the iPhone 14 series?
It’s happening, finally. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple may add an always-on display to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The Cupertino giant is expected to introduce the feature alongside iOS 16. To bring always-on display mode to the iPhone, Apple is to use a new type of LPTO (low-resolution polycrystalline oxide display). This is the same display technology that Apple also uses in the new Apple Watch models. The new LPTO screen not only saves power when the screen is powered on, but also brings variable refresh rates. Samsung’s flagship smartphones, including the Galaxy S22, already support always-on display.
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Some iPhone 14 models may use the older A15 Bionic chipset
Apple is reportedly using a new two-chip strategy to differentiate the standard iPhone 14 from “Pro” models. Although a controversial move, experts say this strategy for the iPhone 14 makes a lot of sense. So essentially the standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max would continue to use the A15 Bionic chip that was also in the existing iPhone 13 series. Meanwhile, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max would get the new A16 chipset.
According to insiders, Apple’s two-chip strategy will not only help the company separate “Pro” from “non-Pro” models, but also reduce costs given that the manufacturing of A16 processors will not be cheap at a time when chips are rare. The bigger picture is that even though the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max come with the A15 chip, they would still be faster and more power efficient than most flagship-grade Android smartphones. Logically, Apple no longer needs to put the best processor on a $799 iPhone. The fastest mobile processor on the market will help Apple better market the iPhone 14 Pro to pro-level users.
Goodbye notch, hello perforated display
When Apple introduced the iPhone X in 2017, its distinctive “notch” at the top of the display that housed the cameras and FaceID grabbed all the limelight. In fact, Apple was heavily criticized for putting the “notch” on the iPhone X. Years later, Apple is getting rid of the notch on at least two iPhone 14 models with a more modern design. According to the leaked schematics, the notch will be replaced with double pill-and-hole cutouts on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The concept of a perforated screen is not new. Every Android smartphone has a small circular cutout in the screen to accommodate a front camera.
The iPhone 14 will be the first Apple smartphone to use a pill-shaped cutout for the selfie snapper and infrared camera, but it also includes a hole for the dot projector. The cutouts will not only take up less space than the notch, but they will also look more refined. Last year, Apple made changes to the infamous iPhone notch by reducing the size of the notch on the iPhone 13. Obviously, another move to stay competitive in the unforgiving smartphone landscape. It wouldn’t be surprising if Apple used a pill-shaped hole-punch design for its front-facing camera to differentiate between the pricey iPhone 14 Pro lineup and the standard iPhone 14 models.
Finally, a larger 48MP camera sensor
A 48MP photo sensor on the next iPhone? Historically, Apple has stayed away from megapixel wars, but why would the tech giant want to put a 48MP camera sensor on the next iPhone. It’s a reasonable question. The reason is simple – and logical. The larger the sensor, the more light it can gather, and when combined with artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, image quality improves dramatically.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says a 48MP wide camera system will be a leap from the 12MP camera in the current iPhone 13 series. While the new 48MP camera system sounds better than the 12MP camera from the iPhone 13 lineup, Kuo says the next iPhone will actually have a bigger bump. In fact, the 48MP camera system will increase the diagonal length of the camera bump by around 33%, while its height will increase by around 10%. But cramming the highest resolution sensor takes up more space in a device as small as a smartphone.