Everything we know so far about the 'iPhone 14 Pro'
If the rumors are correct, the "iPhone 14 Pro" will be a significant departure from Apple's current design philosophy, so we've created exclusive renders to show what's next.
Apple updates the iPhone with minor changes every year over multi-year design cycles. According to rumors, the "iPhone 14 Pro" may deviate from the norm and introduce multiple design changes at once.
The iPhone 12 pioneered the current flat-sided design paradigm, and the iPhone 13 improves on it with a massive camera bump. Typically, Apple would release a "iPhone 14" with minor cosmetic changes or no external changes at all, leaving the "iPhone 15" with a new design or form factor.
Apple's departure from its tick-tock-tock cycle sparked early speculation. In a March 2021 report, supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo was among the first to propose a hole-punch camera.
Just before the iPhone 13 announcement in September 2021, a well-known leaker named Jon Prosser revealed what he thought the "iPhone 14" would look like. The renders showed a device with flat sides but no camera bump, no notch, and volume buttons similar to the iPhone 4.
Other known leakers threw their reports in right away, as if Prosser's renders were a signal to the rumor mill. According to Ross Young, a display supply chain analyst, Apple will relocate the True Depth array for Face ID behind the display and use a hole-punch camera. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, the next iPhone will be completely redesigned, and the iPhone mini will be phased out of the lineup.
AppleInsider's renders are based on these initial leaks as well as subsequent leaks. The hole-punch camera has received the most attention thus far, but the flat rear camera array and volume buttons have received little attention.
According to The Elec in December, the new hole-punch camera will be reserved for iPhone "pro" models, while standard models will retain the notch. Kuo released another report on the "iPhone 14" in December, this time focusing on camera capabilities rather than design.
Kuo's claims that Apple will switch to larger sensors with 48MP image capture contradict Prosser's claim of a smaller camera bump. Cameras are physical devices that require space to function properly, and Apple already had to significantly increase the camera bump size in the iPhone 13 generation.
Apple would have to change the camera system or use new technology to significantly reduce the camera bump. It's not clear how this design change will be physically possible.
The "iPhone 14" is scheduled to be released in September 2022. Stay tuned to infospa.org for more exclusive renders of future Apple products.