The iPhone 14 is very much on the minds of many right now. If Apple sticks to its usual schedule, we're expecting the company's latest handset to be released in just a couple of months now. And if just half the leaks and rumours about what might be in store are true, the iPhone 14 release could be an exciting one – with some caveats.
Below is a roundup of the most interesting suggestions we've heard so far, from game-changing camera tech to notable design changes. Even if some of these make it to the final models of the phones, the iPhone 14 should more than make up for its predecessor's slightly underwhelming arrival.
That's not to say the iPhone 13 is a bad phone, of course, it just didn't offer a lot different from iPhone 12 – although the notch got smaller, the battery slightly bigger and the camera saw the usual enhancements you'd expect. If you need a new phone today, it's certainly one of the best to consider.
iPhone 14: Design
That said, the front camera is rumoured to be getting a huge bump in performance, with Apple rebranding it as a new "high-end" snapper – one which could cost the company up to three times more to produce.
And it isn't just the front of the phone that's up for a refresh. The iPhone 14 could be the first to feature a titanium body, offering a lighter but more durable body that's more resistant to scratches and corrosion. Currently, only certain Apple Watch models are available in titanium – the iPhone 13 Pro comes in mere stainless steel.
But if you're a fan of small phones, you might be out of luck in 2022. There may be no iPhone 14 mini, with rumours suggesting that Apple is planning to ditch the tiny device after disappointing sales of the iPhone 12 mini and 13 mini. But if you like big phones, you could be in luck – right now only the Pro Max range is available in 6.7 inches, but rumour has it the standard 14 will also be available in giant size.
And of course, there are plenty of pie-in-the-sky concepts doing the rounds online. This sliding iPhone 14 concept might be the wildest render we've seen so far – but so far there's nothing to suggest Apple is working on sliding screen tech. But hey, who knows – fan-made ideas have been known to come to fruition, such as this iPad mini concept that's now a very real thing.
iPhone 14: Tech specs
Unsurprisingly, the iPhone 14 is expected to feature an improved chip – with the 13 packing the new A15, we'll take a wild guess and say the 14 might introduce the A16. Reports sugges this could be Apple's first 4nm chip, with the A15 coming in at 5nm. Fewer processes reduces a chip's actual footprint while simultaneously offering better efficiency, performance and battery life – in short, the smaller nm, the better
iPhone 14: Camera
One of the most recent rumours to land is going to be of great interest to anyone obsessed with selfies. There is talk that the iPhone 14 feature a front-facing camera complete with autofocus and additional lens element. Apple tends to focus much of of the iPhone's updates on the rear cameras, so if this turns out to be true it will be a surprising but welcome (and somewhat overdue, some might say) upgrade.
This latest prediction was shared by tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who, up to this point, has a pretty good track record for accurate Apple rumours. We won't know for sure until Apple finally unveils the shiny new device, but an autofocus feature element on the front camera is definitely a feature we'd like to see.
Speaking of the camera, rumour has it the iPhone 14 will feature a whopping 48MP sensor, capable of producing 8K video. If that's the case, the rest of the models in our best camera phones roundup had better start making an iPhone 14-shaped space. And it seems we could finally be in for a periscope lens, which could mean zoom capabilities of up to 50x. That said, recent reports have also claimed that the periscope lens might not arrive until the iPhone 15, so we could have a little longer to wait on that front.
iPhone 14: Features
While the super-smooth 120HZ refresh rate of Apple's ProMotion tech made its way to the iPhone 13 Pro phones, it's expected to be extended to cover the whole iPhone 14 line-up this year. That would mean a feature once limited to the iPad Pro would finally become mainstream.
And it sounds like Apple could be planning a major U(SB)-turn with the iPhone 14, finally offering USB-C to the masses. Allowing for faster charging than Lightning and much greater flexibility with accessories, USB-C has been a mainstay on fans' wishlists for a few years now.