Rumored 2022 iPhone Lineup There are still a couple months to go before the 2022 iPhone 14 models will be ready to launch, but because there are some notable updates in the works for Apple’s latest smartphones, we’ve been hearing rumors about them since well before the iPhone 13 models even came out last year. iPhone sizes are changing in 2022, and Apple is eliminating the 5.4-inch iPhone mini as it turned out to be unpopular with customers.
After seeing lackluster iPhone mini sales, Apple is planning to focus on larger iPhone sizes for its flagship devices going forward, and we’re expecting to see 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. Note that there will be no 5.4-inch iPhone 14 mini this year.
Since 2017, iPhones with Face ID have had a notch at the front to house all the necessary equipment for facial scanning, but that’s set to change with the launch of the iPhone 14. The 2022 iPhone 14 Pro models are expected to eliminate the notch in favor of a new design. Rumors were all over the place for a bit, but it looks like
Apple will go with some combination of a circular hole-punch cutout for the camera paired with a pill-shaped cutout to house to key Face ID components. This feature will unfortunately be limited to the Pro models, and the more affordable iPhone 14 models will continue to feature a standard notch.
We are not expecting any significant design changes this year, but the camera bumps for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro could get thicker, with the Pro’s bump growing in size more notably. Apple is expected to introduce new color options, perhaps adding a purple shade.
The iPhone 14 Pro models may feature a titanium frame instead of a stainless steel frame, and redesigned speaker and microphone grilles are a possibility. Apple could also use a new vapor chamber thermal system that will keep the iPhone cooler to minimize the impact of faster chips and 5G connectivity.
New iPhones always include camera improvements, and the iPhone 14 is no exception. There will be improvements to the Ultra Wide camera, and there’s a possibility that Apple will introduce a “periscope” zoom lens that allows for much greater optical zoom, but it’s still not yet clear if this will come in 2022 or 2023.
The Pro iPhone models are expected to get 48-megapixel cameras and 8K video recording capabilities, but these features will not be available on the standard iPhone 14 models.
Rumors suggest that the iPhone 14 models are likely to continue to use the same A15 chip that was introduced in the iPhone 13 series, while the iPhone 14 Pro models receive an updated A16 chip.
This would mark the first time that the Pro iPhone models get a faster chip, with Apple perhaps going this route to cut down on costs and also because of ongoing supply issues.
No Notch and New Face ID Hardware Design (Pro Only)
For at least some of the iPhone 14 models, namely the Pro models, Apple is working to eliminate the notch that houses the hardware needed for Face ID. The notch was a controversial design decision when it was introduced in 2017,
and since then it’s changed little with the exception of the size tweak with the iPhone 13.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in March 2021 that the 2022 iPhone models would not have a notch, and would instead adopt a hole-punch style design that’s been popular on many Android phones. Since then, rumors have evolved and we have a clearer picture of what to expect.
Rather than just a single hole-punch cutout, Apple is working on a design that will incorporate both a pill-shaped cutout and a circular cutout.
The circular cutout will likely house the Face ID dot projector, and the pill-shaped cutout will include the front camera, Face ID infrared camera, and possibly other components.