Apple usually unveils its new iPhones in September, and we're not expecting 2022 to be any exception. But will the iPhone 14 be worth waiting for? If the onslaught of rumours and leaks we've encountered over the past few months is anything to go on, absolutely.
From game-changing camera tech to notable design changes, the iPhone 14 is already sounding like a worthy successor to the iPhone 13. Which is just as well – that was a somewhat incremental upgrade, offering little more than a battery boost and a slightly smaller notch. That's not to say the iPhone 13 is a bad phone, of course – if you need a new phone today, it's certainly one of the best to consider (see our guide to the best iPhone 13 deals and the best iPhone 13 mini prices).
iPhone 14: Design
Perhaps the most radical – and most persistent – iPhone 14 design rumours surround the notch. Long considered a blight on the supposedly all-screen design of the iPhone, the notch is one of the phone's most controversial design touches. But if multiple rumours are to be believed, Apple could finally be nixing the notch in favour of a punch-hole camera. But this could be limited to just the two 'Pro' models.
More recent rumours have suggested that we won't just be getting a single cutout, put a 'pill + hole' design (as illustrated in the fan-made render above). This seems to make more sense – the entire reason for the notch is that something has to house all that Face ID tech. However, purported leaked CAD files shared in a Chinese social media post may actually reveal the exact dimensions of the cutouts, and they aren't actually so small. And, if these leaked display panels are real, they're quite close to the size of the original notch, just without the empty black space. We'll happily take a few extra pixels, but the files do suggest this change isn't as exciting as we'd hoped.
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.
We've also heard that the iPhone 14 could adopt a retro iPhone 4-inspired design, complete with a metallic 'sandwich' profile. We hope this is the case – 2010's iPhone 4 is arguably one of Apple's most beautiful products. As for the iPhone 14 Pro, in particular, some reports have suggested it may 'fix' one pet niggle many fans have with its predecessor. The radius of the corners of the iPhone 13 Pro doesn't match the radius of the camera bump. That might seem a minor detail, but it's surprising for a company like Apple that's known for its coherent design. It's been suggested that the iPhone 14 Pro will fix this by having rounder corners to match the camera bump.
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 suggest (opens in new tab) 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
On which note, a report that appeared in February suggests that a new, less-power hungry 5G chip will make battery life an area that will see dramatic improvement across the iPhone 14 line up. The rumoured 6nm 5G chip would be a physically smaller chip with lower power consumption, offering a double plus for battery life since a smaller chip means more space for the battery, but the chop itself would also require less power.
As for storage, we've heard (opens in new tab) that the iPhone 14 might bring the first 2TB iPhone into existence (the current highest is 1TB). It's suggested that the larger storage will cater for a higher quality camera.
Finally, it looks like one specific feature fans have been wanting for a long time may not make it to the iPhone 14. USB-C has reached the iPad line up, with the Pro, Air and mini all adopting the tech in recent years. But according to leaks that emerged in April, iPhone users are going to have to make do with the Lightning port for yet another year. That means we'll still have to use a dongle for connecting to most external devices. That said, the report does suggest the Lightning port will be an enhanced version capable of faster transfers at USB 3.0 speeds rather than 2.0.
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 (opens in new tab) 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
One of the most persistent rumours we've heard is that the iPhone 14 line up (or at least some of it) is in line for an always-on display. This could allow basic information such as the time, date, and notifications to remain on-screen without needing to press the power button.
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.
We've also heard that Touch ID could finally return, just like it did with iPad Air and iPad mini 6. As many a frustrated iPhone user will attest, Face ID isn't an ideal way of unlocking the phone while wearing a mask. And some rumours even suggest the tech could be housed under the display rather than the power button – although this might be limited to the 'Pro' models. Or, it might not happen at all.
And it sounds like Apple could be planning a major U(SB)-turn with the iPhone 14, finally offering USB-C (opens in new tab) 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.
Time will tell what Apple has in store in 2022, and we'll keep this page updated with every rumour and leak that comes along. If you want the best iPhone experience available now, check out today's best iPhone 13 deals below.