The iPhone 14 will be available in just a few weeks, and we couldn’t be more excited. This year’s iPhone update is expected to be unprecedentedly risky, with greater than ever differences between Pro and non-Pro models, even though the two phones are likely to have the same screen sizes for the first time. Some people are bound to be dissatisfied with the changes, while others will be enraged by the things that have not changed. But there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful, especially if you plan to purchase a Pro model. Here are five high-end features we’re looking forward to seeing.
The end of the notch
Most Apple fans initially despised the notch, the inconvenient lozenge scooped out of the top of their iPhone X screens. We eventually learned to tolerate it, but it was never a pleasant relationship.
That’s why we’re excited to announce that the iPhone 14 Pro (but not the regular iPhone 14) will be the first post-notch iPhone. According to multiple reliable sources, its front-facing sensors will be housed in a more subtle “hole and pill” pair of apertures.
It isn’t perfect. We want an all-screen design with sensors hidden beneath the glass. However, this is a very welcome compromise that obstructs less of the display and looks nicer and more modern than the increasingly outdated notch.
An always-on screen
Apple introduced its first always-on display in 2019 with the release of the Apple Watch Series 5: one that continues to show essential information, albeit in a simplified and dimmed form, even after the device has entered its idle state. The feature is set to arrive on the iPhone 14 Pro three years later.
The timing should be good, as the new release coincides with Apple allowing iPhone owners to significantly customize their Lock Screens for the first time. You’ll be able to choose which widgets are important enough to appear on the iPhone’s sleep’ LockScreen, and it appears that Apple’s wallpapers will also have sleep versions.
This is how the always-on screen is likely to function.
This is likely to be a Pro-only feature, but while we’re on the subject of screens, there may be some good news for non-Pro buyers as well: ProMotion is expected to appear on all new models this year.
A whole lotta megapixels
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is about to upgrade the wide-angle camera lens in its Pro iPhones from 12MP to 48MP. When it comes to camera specs, Android fans have grown accustomed to some slightly ridiculous numbers, but that’s a startling increase for Apple, which has been stuck at 12MP for years.
Apple has always emphasized experience over specifications, but it’s difficult not to get excited about a sudden quadrupling of the megapixel rating. Given how good the iPhone 13 Pro camera is at 12MP, this is a tantalizing prospect, with leaks claiming excellent performance in low light.
According to reports, the rear camera will be able to shoot 8K video, at least on Pro models, while the front camera will gain autofocus and a wider aperture: f/1.9 rather than f/2.2.
A better chip
A new iPhone chip is usually a fairly standard feature, but this year is different. According to rumors, the A16 chip will be exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, bringing significant performance improvements to the high-end phone. Because Apple intends to separate the Pro and non-Pro models, we’re eager to see what kind of improvements this new chip will bring to the upper end of the lineup, as well as improvements to memory, neural engines, and image processing.
A new color!
This is fairly superficial, but every year we get excited about the new color Apple will introduce to its iPhone lineup. The non-Pro line gained pink in 2021, a lovely dark blue in 2020, and purple in 2019; the Pro models have gained and lost various greens and blues in recent years, while the gold option never seems to be the same.
What new features will Apple introduce in 2022? Pantone colors for this fall include bright orange, red, pink, yellow, and green, so expect the iPhone 14 to be colorful. According to the latest rumors, the iPhone 14 Pro will be available in a new deep purple color, as well as a darker blue.
Check out our regularly updated guide to the iPhone 14 for all the latest rumors ahead of the September launch event.