A short video posted on Chinese social media site Weibo gave a tantalizing hint as to what to expect from the new Apple iPhone 14.
Apple is expected to unveil the next generation iPhone at an event broadcast from Apple Park on September 7.
The world’s seventh largest company teased the event with an image of the sky, with the stars outlining the Apple logo and the words “far away”.
Details of the iPhone lineup have reportedly leaked as anticipation grows.
The latest information on the iPhone 14 lineup was made in a Weibo video reposted on Twitter by Duan Rui.
The Weibo video’s caption said the phone’s shimmering finish only appeared to be purple from certain angles.
The shifting color tones would definitely be eye-catching.
Apple plans to launch the new iPhone line in purple, navy blue, gold, graphite and silver.
Radical design change
Leaked schematics and artist renderings had previously hinted that Apple would drastically redesign its flagship iPhones by changing the hated notch around the front camera.
And now, new leaks appear to confirm that Apple will upgrade to a notchless iPhone 14 for the first time.
The images, also leaked by DuanRui – who has a remarkable accuracy record – show the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max screen with a dual-punch hole design instead of a notch.
The puncture holes are larger than originally predicted in initial reports last year, according to Forbes.
Status bar changes
There are also rumors that Apple will place another icon in the status bar.
A comparison of screenshots, allegedly of an iPhone 14 Pro Max and an iPhone 13 Pro Max, shows a stark difference.
It has been claimed that Apple plans to enlarge and realign the status bar elements to accommodate the new punch hole design.
Another screenshot of an overlay appears to show the receive signal symbol and battery indicator shifted slightly down and to the right.
Apple may have gifted the game with a patent application first seen by Patently Apple.
The app revealed that Apple may be planning to use a “slightly bent projector to reduce component clutter to maximize display area.”
The iPhone 14 should have a bigger camera
The iPhone 14 line camera is expected to feature “significant” upgrades over previous models.
Respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed last year that he expects there to be a 48-megapixel camera in the high-end iPhone 14 models.
The phones will also likely have 8K video recording capability, taking the iPhone 14 lineup to the “next level”.
Here’s what Kuo had to say, as reported by MacRumors:
“In terms of pixel size, the iPhone 12, iPhone 13 and the new iPhone 2H22 are around 1.7um, 2um and 1.25um respectively. We believe that the new iPhone 2H22 can simultaneously support 48MP direct output and 12MP output (four-cell fusion output mode).With 12MP output, the CIS pixel size of the new iPhone 2H22 increases to about 2.5um, which is significantly larger than the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13, and larger than existing Android phones, and close to the DSC level.We believe that the camera quality of the new iPhone 2H22 will elevate the mobile phone camera photography to a new level.
The new series of phones could be slightly larger than previous models, according to leaked images of prototype molds.
Leaked schematics posted by Max Weinbach indicate that the iPhone 14 line may also have a larger camera “bump”.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will have a 36.73mm by 38.21mm camera bump, larger than the iPhone 13 lineup.
The new line of phones will also likely have autofocus capabilities to improve video calls.
Another report claims that the chassis surrounding the glass could be titanium.
This would follow Apple’s decision to use the strong, scratch-resistant and corrosion-resistant metal in Apple Watches.
It is believed that the iPhone lineup will use the same A15 chip found in the iPhone 13 series.
But Kuo revealed in March this year that the two pro models will upgrade to the A16 processor.
Production trials of the new phones reportedly began in July this year, with mass production expected to begin this month.
There are different claims about the cost of the iPhone 14.
Kuo estimated that the iPhone 14 line would be around 15% more expensive than the iPhone 13 series – another major price increase.
This means that the new iPhone 14 could cost around $1,349.