Thesit bland , thanks to the lineup’s superb performance and camera skills. But Apple may raise specs and perhaps change the iPhone’s appearance later this year. Rumor has it that Apple is on its way with some ev (maybe even ).
Although Apple’s next iPhone will almost certainly not debut until this fall (here’s all you need to know about rumors, and ), I thought it was worth getting my wish list in early to give Apple the time it takes to put all my ideas into action. Because that’s how it works, right?
In no particular order then, here are my best hopes for the iPhone 14.
No hack on iPhone 14
Naget. It must go. Yes, it has served its purpose, it has just like the front camera and the various scanners, so you can unlock your phone just by looking at it. And whileon the iPhone 13, a large piece of the screen is still cut off. So it’s time for a better solution that really lets that screen shine.
Apple might be able to perfect cameras under the display that is there but basically invisible. We have already seen this on phones from ZTE and Vivo, but the technology is far from perfect. Then there are the weird pop-up selfie cameras seen on some Oppo phones that pop up from the top and keep the screen uninterrupted.
I would even compromise on a simple punch-hole solution, fill the front with the display but just punch a few small, less intrusive holes for the cameras to look through.
Fingerprint reader on the screen and Face ID
Speaking of things that are hidden on the screen, let’s put a fingerprint reader there as well. Apple’s Face ID works well for the most part, or at least did before the pandemic struck. Wearing masks in public is a much more common phenomenon than it was before the pandemic and before its releasein March, face unlocking simply did not work without even being paired with an Apple Watch. Even if you can now thanks to the iOS update, I think Apple should still take back fingerprint scanning.
In-screen scanning technology is common now, with affordable phones from OnePlus that invisibly hide scanners in the display of their phones and I think they work pretty much as well as physical scanners that once existed on the back or side of the phone. It is not a step backwards to use this technology – it would simply be to acknowledge that the world may need a different solution than we had before – which can be said about so many things.
A larger zoom and larger sensor for the iPhone 14’s camera
The iPhone 13 Pro camera is superb, takes beautiful pictures in daylight and takes bright, sharp pictures in the middle of the night. It’s one of the best cameras you can find on a phone, thoughso of course I will demand more.
The most important thing I want here is a larger zoom. Yes, Apple raised the zoom level to 3xbut it still fades against is huge 10x zoom. Zoom lenses are great tools for finding interesting compositions in your environment, for getting up close to the details that would simply be lost if you took your picture with a wide angle lens. Also 4x zoom on Google’s new was enough of a hope to enable more images in telecom style.
But while we are on camera, I am always anxious to see overall quality improvements. So let’s also plug in an even larger image sensor there – maybe a 1-inch size that we’ve seen on Sony’s latest Xperia Pro I, or hell, let’s go APS-C or full format, if we dream. The larger the sensor, the better the overall image quality and with each generation of camera upgrades we’ve had, the less I need to bring my camera.
Maybe with the iPhone 14 I can just sell my DSLR and take pictures only on my phone.
USB-C charging to replace Lightning
Apple has adopted USB-C for almost all of its products now from iPads to MacBooks to AirPods. iPhone still uses Apple’s older Lightning port, making it the only device on my desktop I need to find another cable for when I want to charge it. All my Android reviews, my tablets and even my mouse and keyboard are connected to my USB-C power cables and the iPhone feels a bit outdated as a result.
But Apple has always had its own way of charging. When everyone else was using Micro-USB, Apple had itwas first seen on the iPod and it was hard too. So expecting Apple to align with the rest of the industry feels about as likely as asking giraffes to try to have shorter necks like the rest of us, okay? You too, swans. Donkeys, you’re fine, you’re probably on your way.
But what I do not want is that Apple removes the port completely, which was rumored when it launched MagSafe charging. Because then I still need a dedicated charging cable. Plus MagSafe charges more slowly than the Lightning cable and does not currently support data transfer. You see, that would not work. So USB-C is it. Thanks. In the meantime, I can at least use someoneto get at least half of the convenience I’m looking for.
A collapsible iPhone 14
Foldable phones have been the biggest physical design revolution we have seen in phones since basically the advent of the smartphone. But they have not really kept up – possibly because of their high prices but possibly also because they simply do not offer any convincing reason to use that fold.
But Apple has a decent track record when it comes to taking an existing innovation and actually finding a way to make it work well enough to have an impact on our lives. Apple did not invent tablets, but the iPad was the first to really show how useful they can be, and now it’s basically the only tablet that matters. And I like folding phones. They are fun and allow a large screen that is perfect for videos and photo editing to fold in half and be much more pocket-friendly.
So I would love to see Apple’s view of this genre of device and see what its team would do with a product that is halfway between an iPhone and an iPad. Maybe not like only the phone is launched, but perhaps as an extra, called the iPhone 14 Fold that sits above the iPhone 14 Pro. And while there are only a fewTo suggest that this will ever be a real thing, I would put good money on a working Apple folding phone concept that sits somewhere right now deep in its research lab on that spaceship campus.
But these are my top five things I would like to see from the iPhone 14. Some of them are more credible than others but who knows what the rumors will point to in the coming months.
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