After seeing CAD-based renderings of the iPhone 14 series, it seems that the design is near enough to final to begin generating metal moulds, which will be utilised in the production of phone covers, to begin. Weibo users have seen images of the moulds, indicating that Apple is reducing the number of sizes available in its flagship series from three to two.
Four different sizes are planned, as seen by the labels on the boxes. That’s correct, the mini has been replaced with a non-Pro Max. Only the Pro versions will include a telephoto lens on the rear, in keeping with tradition.
The periscope camera will be absent from the 14th generation, however the primary camera is expected to have a 48MP sensor. This should allow for 8K video capture and a greater digital zoom, among other things. Notably, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new sensor will only be available on Pro versions.
New cameras are projected to need larger and thicker camera bumps on both Pro versions, presumably to fit the larger and thicker bumps. We’ve read speculations that the non-Pro versions will employ the Apple A15 processor from last year, while the Pros will have the new A16. This is a significant difference. The 8K video capture should benefit from this new chip’s increased processing power.
The most significant developments of this generation may not be in the back. A twin punch hole design is predicted for the iPhones 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max, at least. The notch is expected to remain on the iPhone 14 and 14 Max, but the refresh rate should be increased to 120 Hz at the very least.