The Apple iPhone 14 could be the most significant update in decades. Thus far, here’s what we hear.
Apple will launch the new iPhone 14 on September 15th, at their annual keynote address. As always, Apple has managed to keep most of the details about the new phone secret. But there have been several iPhone 14 rumors and leaks over the last few months that give us at least an idea of what to expect from the next-generation smartphone from Apple, Inc. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of these details and discuss whether they indicate anything about what’s to come with iPhone 14 later this month.
I will tell you the 5 biggest rumors about iPhone 14.
1) Apple iPhone 14: 10 percent larger screen
Rumors of an iPhone with a larger screen have been circulating for quite some time now, and while those rumors have quieted down in recent months, they haven’t disappeared. Though it’s almost certain that Apple will deliver a larger screen, it remains unclear just how big it will be. Some sources say 10 percent bigger (think 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays), while others are predicting up to 30 percent bigger (think display sizes approaching 6 inches).
A bit larger than current models is certainly plausible—and likely—but a jump of 30 percent is hard to imagine given Apple’s track record of incremental improvements. One thing all sources seem to agree on is that Apple will maintain its 16:9 aspect ratio.
A bigger screen isn’t something just anybody wants, but it would give Apple a better chance of competing against Android devices. Though screens have gotten larger on most new Android phones, Apple has stayed committed to its 4-inch display on most of its iPhones—something that might be changing soon.
2)Apple iPhone 14: USB-C connectivity
Rumors are circulating that Apple will finally adopt USB-C connectivity on its next-generation iPhone. USB-C ports are reversible, and they’re designed to be faster than their Micro-USB predecessors. From a design perspective, it’s hard to say whether or not we’ll see USB-C on next year’s iPhones; but if Apple does include them, expect more mobile devices (including Macs) to start adopting USB-C too.
It’s probably best not to speculate too much on whether or not Apple will include USB-C connectivity on its new iPhones, but if they do, expect USB-C ports and cables to start showing up on Macs as well. USB-C is a reversible port design that allows for high transfer speeds and ease of use (it has no right or wrong way of plugging in), and it’s starting to show up in more mobile devices like laptops.
3) Apple iPhone 14: Face recognition instead of a fingerprint scanner
Rumors suggest that Apple will replace Touch ID with facial recognition technology in upcoming iPhones. The Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which is used for unlocking phones and authorizing purchases, is becoming increasingly outdated.
Face recognition is easier and more accurate than fingerprint scanning and would not be affected by wet or dirty fingers. This rumor gained traction after Apple was awarded a patent in 2017 for a face-scanning technology. It could be included in iOS 13, a new version of Apple’s mobile operating system due out in fall 2019.
What are face recognition features? iPhone Face ID scans your face and creates a three-dimensional model of it. It then sends that model to Apple’s servers, where it’s stored for comparison with scans taken during future unlocks. Face ID also allows you to use animated emojis called Animoji on certain iPhones, by tracking more than 50 facial muscle movements.
4) Apple iPhone 14: Haptic touch
Although not confirmed, some are expecting to see the haptic touch on iPhone. This technology is being included on other phones and tablets, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if it showed up in Apple’s next big release. The technology would essentially allow your fingertips to feel whatever you touch on your phone. It may seem minor at first, but once people try it out they will notice a huge difference from an ordinary touch screen or keyboard.
If true, haptic touch will allow for a new way of interacting with your phone. Haptic touch allows users to press anywhere on a screen and feel what is beneath their finger (instead of just tapping on it).
Now that these important rumors have been covered, there are several others to choose from. Apple’s iPhone 14 will likely have an improved camera and processor, along with some slight cosmetic upgrades.
5) Apple iPhone 14: OLED screen
A new rumor claims that Apple is testing OLED display technology in its next-generation iPhone. The move would mark a significant shift for Apple, which currently uses LCD technology in all of its iPhones. The OLED panels are expected to be used in higher-end models, however. Despite OLED’s benefits—which include deeper blacks and more vivid colors—the displays tend to be slightly more expensive than LCD panels at present.
The OLED display in iPhone 14 works differently than the LCD. LCD Display is a backlight panel that shines through a layer of liquid crystals, it transforms electrical signals into light and then shows those lights on screen for us to see. In contrast, OLED Screen does not use a backlight so its power efficiency is extremely high. Instead, each individual pixel generates its own light directly.
The OLED display in iPhone 14 is a lot more power-efficient and vivid than LCD, making it ideal for a high-end product like Apple’s next smartphone.