Rather than a notch, Apple is going to go with a smaller set of cutouts on the display. Originally, rumors said that Apple would introduce a single circular hole-punch cutout to accommodate the front-facing camera, but subsequent information indicates there won’t be a single cutout — Apple is likely adding two.
Display analyst Ross Young expects to see both a pill-shaped cutout and a circular cutout. The circular cutout will likely house the front camera, and the pill-shaped cutout will include the Face ID hardware and possibly other components. Leaked images on Chinese social networking site Weibo says the round cutout will measure in at 5.631mm.
Apple may also be planning to put some of the Face ID hardware under the iPhone’s display, which will cut down on the sizes of the cutouts that are needed and will leave more available screen space on the front of the device, but it’s not yet clear if this will happen.
MacRumors acquired some iPhone 14 dummy models designed for case makers that provide a look at what we can expect for the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro models.
Because there’s a lot of money in having a case ready for a new iPhone ahead of launch, dummy models are often quite accurate, so these fake iPhone 14 devices give us a clear picture of what we can expect to see. The iPhone 14 Pro Max, however, will be similar in size to the iPhone 13 Pro Max, but the increased size of the camera bump will prevent an iPhone 13 Pro Max case from fitting an iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Design wise, the iPhone 14 models are going to look a lot like the iPhone 13 models, but with a notable exception – there’s not going to be an iPhone 14 mini. Instead, Apple is making two 6.1-inch iPhones (iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro), along with two 6.7-inch iPhones (iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max).
iPhone 13 Pro (blue) vs. iPhone 14 Pro dummy model
For the Pro models, the notch is going to be replaced with hole and pill-shaped cutouts for the camera and the Face ID equipment. The hole and pill design is not much different from a notch, but it will free up some space and make the front cameras less obtrusive. Standard iPhone 14 models will continue to have a notch.
We know there are some minor changes to the sizes of the devices, but when comparing a dummy unit to the iPhone 13 lineup in person, it’s difficult to tell. There are tiny changes to the screen sizes of the iPhone 14 Pro models, but in day to day use, you’re not going to notice.
Camera bumps are going to be a bit thicker and wider on the Pro models to accommodate the 48-megapixel camera that Apple is adding. Standard iPhone 14 models will not see many design changes.
Schematics that leaked back in February provide more information on specific dimensions and the cutouts that will replace the notch, and additional images that came out in March suggest a thicker design and a more prominent bump camera for the Pro models.
Based on the schematics, the iPhone 14 Pro Max will be 77.58mm wide, which is nearly identical to the 13 Pro Max’s width of 78.1mm. It will measure in at 160.7mm high, the same height as the 13 Pro Max, and it is expected to be 7.85mm thick, just a bit thicker than the iPhone 13 Pro Max at 7.65mm.
The camera bump will be 4.17mm thick, up from 3.60mm in the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The size of the camera bump is also expected to expand about 5 percent in each direction, going from the current width of 35.01mm to 36.73mm and height of 36.24mm to 38.21mm. The larger camera bump will accommodate the 48-megapixel camera that Apple is going to add to the device.
As for the iPhone 14 Pro, it is expected to measure in up to 71.45mm wide and 147.46mm tall, identical to the iPhone 13 Pro. It is expected to be 7.85mm thick with a more prominent camera bump.
YouTuber Jon Prosser shared several renders of the iPhone 14 Pro models based on all of the rumors that have been circulating about the device.
As with the part leaks, dummy models, and schematics, the renders depict a design with a dual-hole camera cutout at the front and a much larger camera setup at the back to accommodate the 48-megapixel Wide camera lens.
The display is slightly larger, so the iPhone 14 Pro is just a bit taller, and the corners of the device have a more rounded appearance, likely due to the larger camera array.
The renders otherwise depict a design that is similar to the iPhone 13 Pro models with the same flat edges and few other design tweaks. The images from the show a new purple color, which is rumored for the iPhone 14 Pro models.
A set of cases for the iPhone 14 models provide a closer look at the size differences between the models, and the different camera cutouts that are expected. The cases are in line with all of the rumors that we’ve heard, depicting 6.1 and 6.7-inch sizes and larger camera cutouts for the Pro models with triple-lens camera setups.
The two iPhone 14 Pro models will continue to support 120Hz ProMotion display technology, and rumors suggest ProMotion is likely to continue to be a feature limited to the more expensive iPhone models. Though some rumors have suggested that 120Hz refresh rates could be added to all iPhone 14 models, display Analyst Ross Young believes that this isn’t going to happen because of display availability issues.
Apple is sourcing LTPO OLED displays for the iPhone 14 Pro models to allow for 120Hz ProMotion refresh rates. Though Samsung supplied the OLED that Apple used for the iPhone 13 Pro models, Apple is planning to also source some displays from LG Display and BOE in 2022.
Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman says that the always-on display will work with the Lock Screen widget feature in iOS 16. iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max owners will be able to see information like weather, fitness, reminders, calendar events, and more, without having to wake the iPhone’s display.
The always-on feature will work similarly to the always-on display on the Apple Watch, and it will also display time, date, and unread notifications.
With the always-on display technology, iOS 16 wallpapers will feature a “Sleep” state that will darken the wallpaper to use less energy. The darker tint will be suitable for a dimmed always-on display, and it will likely activate and turn brighter when the display is actively turned on.
The “Sleep” tint that’s available is likely to be applicable to any wallpaper that the user chooses. Like the always-on display on the Apple Watch, the unactivated iPhone display will show a darker, fainter version of the wallpaper, time, and widgets.
Hints of what an always-on display might look like have also been found in the Xcode 14 beta. The beta includes an interesting Lock Screen interface that eliminates detail from an on-screen widget as the screen wakes. The animation indicates that the iPhone 14 Pro models could remove intricate details from widgets and other Lock Screen content when the iPhone is locked and the always-on display is active.
The iPhone 14 Pro could feature significantly rounder corners to match the new larger rear camera array, according to Apple concept graphic renderer Ian Zelbo. Zelbo cross referenced CAD renders and dimensions, schematics, and images of accessory production models to arrive at this conclusion.
All of these iPhone 14 Pro leaks have featured a device with larger corner radii for a more rounded front and rear appearance compared to the iPhone 13 Pro. This new, more rounded design would be limited to the iPhone 14 Pro, as the iPhone 14 Pro Max appears to have the same radii as the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The more rounded corners on the 14 Pro are necessary to accommodate the camera changes.
Display analyst Ross Young says that when measured as a standard rectangular shape, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will have slightly larger screens. The iPhone 14 Pro will have a 6.12-inch screen, compared to a 6.06-inch screen on the iPhone 13 Pro, while the iPhone 14 Pro Max will have a 6.69-inch screen, which is a bit larger the iPhone 13 Pro Max’s 6.68 -inch display.
There will be no 5.4-inch iPhone in 2022 because Apple is doing away with the “mini” line following lackluster sales. The iPhone 13 mini will be the last of the mini phones, and going forward, Apple is expected to focus on larger-sized iPhones in the range of 6.1 to 6.7 inches for its flagship devices.
We’re expecting the 6.1-inch iPhone 14, the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, and the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max, with the larger 6.7-inch iPhone replacing the mini model.
The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro could come in purple, according to an unverified rumor. Though unconfirmed the rumor suggests that both the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models will be available in a purple shade that has a unique finish that shifts tone based on lighting conditions.
Apple has used the same color for the standard iPhone and Pro models before, but typically in different shades, so that could be what we see in 2022 if the purple rumor is accurate. The iPhone 14 and 14 Max are rumored to be available in black, white, blue, red, and purple, while the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will allegedly come in graphite, gold, silver, and purple.
Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 Pro models could come with a high-end titanium alloy chassis design, according to an investors report from JP Morgan Chase. Apple has used titanium for the Apple Watch, but this would mark the first time that the material has been used for an iPhone.
Titanium is more scratch-resistant and it’s stronger than both steel and aluminum, plus it’s more corrosion resistant, but we’ve heard nothing more about a titanium option so it’s seeming unlikely.
Starting in 2022, high-end iPhone models are likely to adopt a steam chamber thermal system, which Apple is said to be “aggressively testing.” The VC thermal system will be required for the high-end iPhones due to their stronger computing power and faster 5G connection speeds. There are already smartphones from companies like Samsung, Razer, and LG that use vapor chamber cooling technology, which is used to keep a device cooler when it is under heavy stress.
It is unclear whether the vapor chamber thermal system will meet Apple’s high requirements, but Apple is working on improving it and high-end models could adopt it in the near future.