The iPhone 13 may have just been released but already design leaks about the iPhone 14 have steadily been trickling out ever since Jon Prosser leaked the design for iPhone 14 a week before the iPhone 13 event. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently posted his predictions for iPhone 14. Today Mark Gurman reported that Apple is refreshing the entire iPhone lineup next with a “complete redesign”.
At first glance perhaps the most striking characteristic of Prosser’s design leaks is the lack of a camera bump, which could be due to the rumor that Apple may opt for periscope cameras in iPhone 14. Could this design overhaul be the “complete redesign” Gurman was referring to?
“The minor changes this year also mean that Apple’s engineers were working behind the scenes on bigger things that will take more time. With the iPhone 14, you can expect new entry-level and Pro models and a complete redesign.”Mark Gurman
Kuo’s predictions follow some predictions form a year ago like the detail that the iPhone 14 Pro models will have hole punch cameras similar to watch you would find on Android flagships now. Other predictions include a non-Pro 6.7″ iPhone 14 perhaps called iPhone 14 Max priced at under $900, a new iPhone SE with 5G and a 48MP with four-cell merge output mode. My thoughts about the iPhone SE, is that Apple may ditch the iPhone 8 design and repurpose the iPhone 13 mini as the new SE in 2022, confirming reports that the iPhone 13 mini would be the last “mini.”
Apple’s iPhone 12 was perhaps their return to the aesthetic of the iPhone 4 – iPhone 5S with iPhone 13 is expected to be mostly unchanged compared to its predecessor, but iPhone 14 looks like a fan render of what a modern-day iPhone 5S would look like. Jon Prosser has a good track record on accurate leaks but the one part of this that stands out as potentially fake or perhaps misinformation given to Prosser is the small circular buttons that are perhaps smaller in size than what was found on the iPhone 4. Those buttons would not feel nice to press down on with your finger due to the size, but perhaps that detail could change before production.
The iPhone 4 love doesn’t stop at its design, the chassis is according to Prosser, made from Titanium sandwiched between both the display glass and back cover glass. According to the renders the iPhone 14 will retain is lighting port instead of opting for USB-C which is a shame.
While Jon Prosser showed off four colors, according to Prosser these colors are not Apple’s colors, just his team showing off possible color options.
Another aspect of the design that stands out, at least on an iPhone is the hole punch camera instead of a notch that Apple has utilized since the iPhone X. The iPhone 4 sandwich style design creates the illusion of thinness since the frame is thinner as result of the front and back glass being thicker. According to Prosser this may result in more battery capacity too.
If these leaks are accurate then Prosser may have single handedly disrupted Apple’s expected customer upgrade cycle and you might just have those who may have opted for the unlucky iPhone 13 and now might just wait for iPhone 14 instead. What do our readers think of the iPhone 14 design leaks?