What I Want in the iPhone 14: New Design Tweaks, USB-C and MorI

The iPhone 13 and 13 Professional sit among the many finest telephones you should buy in 2022, due to the lineup’s excellent all-around efficiency and digital camera abilities. However, Apple might be bumping up the specs and perhaps altering up the iPhone’s look later this yr. Rumor has it that Apple’s iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Professional are on their manner with just a few attainable design and digital camera updates (perhaps even an upgraded selfie digital camera). 

Though Apple’s subsequent iPhone virtually actually will not debut till this fall (here is every little thing you must find out about its rumored launch date, value and new design), I believed it was price getting my want record in early to present Apple the time it must put all of my concepts into motion. As a result of that is the way it works, proper?

In no specific order then, listed here are my prime hopes for the iPhone 14.

No notch on the iPhone 14

The notch. It has to go. Sure, it is served its function, housing because it does the front-facing digital camera and the assorted scanners to allow you to unlock your cellphone simply by it. And whereas the notch did get barely smaller on the iPhone 13, it is nonetheless a giant chunk of display screen that is reduce away. So it is time for a greater resolution that lets that display screen actually shine. 

Maybe Apple may excellent under-display cameras which might be there however primarily invisible. We have seen that already on telephones from ZTE and Vivo, however the know-how is much from excellent. Then there are the bizarre pop-up selfie cameras seen on some Oppo telephones that spring up from the highest edge, holding the show unbroken. 

The notch has outstayed its welcome.

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I would even compromise with a easy punch-hole resolution, filling the entrance with the show however simply popping a few small, much less obtrusive holes for the cameras to peep by way of. 

Learn extra: iPhone 14 Would possibly Kill the Notch, however Just for the Professional

In-screen fingerprint scanner in addition to Face ID

Talking of issues hidden within the display screen, let’s pop a fingerprint scanner beneath there too. Apple’s Face ID works effectively for probably the most half, or no less than it did earlier than the pandemic hit. Carrying masks in public is a way more widespread prevalence than it was previous to the pandemic, and earlier than the discharge of iOS 15.4 in March, face unlock merely did not work with out additionally pairing up with an Apple Watch. Though now you can unlock your iPhone whereas carrying a masks due to the iOS replace, I believe Apple ought to nonetheless convey again fingerprint scanning.

OnePlus Nord CE fingerprint scanner

Even on the inexpensive OnePlus Nord CE you will discover a fingerprint scanner hidden beneath the show.

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In-screen scanning know-how is widespread now, with inexpensive telephones from OnePlus invisibly hiding scanners into the show of their telephones and I discover that they work just about in addition to bodily scanners that had been as soon as on the again or facet of the cellphone. It isn’t a step backward to place this know-how in — it will merely be acknowledging that perhaps the world wants a unique resolution to what we had earlier than — which may be stated of so many issues.

An even bigger zoom and bigger sensor for iPhone 14’s digital camera

The iPhone 13 Professional digital camera is excellent, taking lovely pictures within the daylight and capturing vivid, sharp photographs in the midst of the evening. It is among the best cameras you will discover on a cellphone, however I am a photographer, so naturally I will demand extra.

The primary factor I would like here’s a larger zoom. Sure, Apple upped the zoom stage to 3x with the iPhone 13 Professional, however that also pales towards the Samsung Galaxy S22 Extremely‘s whopping 10x zoom. Zoom lenses are excellent instruments for locating fascinating compositions in your atmosphere, for getting up shut on these particulars that will merely be misplaced if you happen to took your shot with a large angle lens. Even the 4x zoom on Google’s new Pixel 6 Professional was sufficient of a soar to permit for extra telephoto-style pictures. 

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra test image

Captured with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely, which additionally has a 10x zoom, it is clear to see how a lot profit there may be from having an extended zoom choice.

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However whereas we’re on the digital camera, I am all the time eager to see total enhancements in high quality. So let’s additionally slap a fair larger picture sensor in there — perhaps a 1-inch measurement as we have seen on Sony’s latest Xperia Professional I, or hell, let’s go APS-C or full body, if we’re dreaming. The larger the sensor, the higher the general picture high quality and with every technology of digital camera improve we have had, the much less I must take my digital camera out with me. 

Possibly with the iPhone 14 I can simply promote my DSLR and shoot solely on my cellphone.

iPhone 13 and two Google Pixel phones

The iPhone is the one one out of those three that does not use USB-C.

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USB-C charging to interchange Lightning

Apple has adopted USB-C for nearly all of its merchandise now from the iPads to the MacBooks to the AirPods. The iPhone nonetheless makes use of Apple’s legacy Lightning port, which makes it the one machine on my desk I must discover a completely different cable for once I wish to cost it. All my Android assessment telephones, my tablets and even my mouse and keyboard plug into my USB-C energy cables and the iPhone feels considerably outdated because of this.

However Apple has all the time had its personal methods of charging. When everybody else was utilizing Micro-USB, Apple had that large 32-pin connector first seen on the iPod and that was a ache, too. So anticipating Apple to step in keeping with the remainder of the business feels about as doubtless as asking giraffes to perhaps attempt having shorter necks like the remainder of us, OK? You too, swans. Donkeys, you are fantastic, you’ve got obtained sufficient happening.

However what I do not need is for Apple to take away the port solely, which was rumored when it launched MagSafe charging. As a result of then, I nonetheless want a devoted charging cable. Plus MagSafe costs slower than the Lightning cable and does not presently assist knowledge switch. You see, it would not work. So USB-C it’s. Thanks. Within the meantime, no less than I could make use of any USB-C to Lightning cable to get no less than half of the comfort I am in search of.


Foldable telephones are nice for making a giant display screen match right into a smaller physique. 

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A foldable iPhone 14

Foldable telephones have been the most important bodily design revolution we have seen in telephones since principally the appearance of the smartphone. However they’ve not likely caught on — probably due to their excessive costs but additionally probably as a result of they only do not actually supply a compelling cause to utilize that fold. 

However Apple has a good monitor report of taking an present innovation and really discovering a solution to make it work effectively sufficient to have an effect in our lives. Apple did not invent tablets, however the iPad was the primary one that basically confirmed how helpful they are often, and now it is principally the one pill that issues. And I like foldable telephones. They’re enjoyable they usually enable a giant display screen that is nice for movies and picture enhancing to fold in half and be rather more pocket pleasant. 

So I would like to see Apple’s tackle this style of machine and see what its group would do with a product that is midway between an iPhone and an iPad. Possibly not because the solely cellphone it launches, however perhaps as an extra one, referred to as the iPhone 14 Fold that sits above the iPhone 14 Professional. And whereas there are just a few foldable iPhone rumors to recommend that this can ever be an actual factor, I would put good cash on a working Apple folding cellphone idea sitting someplace proper now deep down in its analysis labs on that spaceship campus. 

iPhone 13 Pro

The iPhone 13 Professional is among the prime telephones you should buy proper now.

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However these are my prime 5 issues I would prefer to see from the iPhone 14. A few of them are extra credible than others however who is aware of what the rumors will level to over the approaching months. 

For extra, try all of the iPhone 14 rumors we have heard thus far together with its launch date and value. You too can check out the perfect options in iOS 15.5. Plus, we break down the finest iPhones you should buy proper now.

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