Apple’s ‘iPhone 14’ will get a ‘complete redesign’ in 2022

Apple’s new iPhone 13 offers some nice upgrades in battery life, cameras, camera features, a 20% smaller inelegant kludge (notch), and displays (ProMotion in the Pro models), but a much more significant leap is coming with 2022’s “iPhone 14” lineup, Bloomberg Technology’s Mark Gurman reports in his “Power On” newsletter.

Apple's 'iPhone 14' will get a 'complete redesign' in 2022. Image: Apple's flagship iPhone 13 Pro Max (left) and iPhone 12 Pro
Apple’s flagship iPhone 13 Pro Max (left) and iPhone 12 Pro

Mark Gurman for Bloomberg Technology’s “Power On”:

Compared with the iPhone 12 Pro Max, the iPhone 13 Pro Max is no major step up. But this phone is clearly meant to spur upgrades from pre-5G iPhone models, and it will hold Apple over until more significant iPhone changes arrive over the next few years.

In my testing, ProMotion was the most noticeable upgrade. Moving through home screens, launching apps and scrolling are all incredibly smooth. It’s a day-and-night change, and it boggles my mind that it took Apple this long to implement… [as] Apple’s own iPad Pro popularized the feature almost four and a half years ago. It’s awesome on the iPhone.

Apple will have to get more dramatic with next year’s overhaul… The minor changes this year also mean that Apple’s engineers were working behind the scenes on bigger things that will take more time. With the iPhone 14, you can expect new entry-level and Pro models and a complete redesign.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s tock-tock production model for iPhone has returned as expected (after a longer than usual/useful three-year iPhone X, XS, 11 period of design stagnation). We also expect “iPhone 14 Pro” and the flagship “iPhone 14 Pro Max” to get a new punch-hole display (buh-bye, finally, inelegant kludge!)

The general consensus currently expects the following lineup:

• 6.1-inch iPhone 14*
• 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max*
• 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro**
• 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max**

*with current TrueDepth camera system notch
**with new TrueDepth camera system punch-hole


  1. My dream for the next pro max phone: Make it thicker, with much bigger battery (5,000+ mAH), but offset the additional battery weight by making the frame titanium. Then punch hole the front camera and the rest of the Face ID sensors under the screen. No ports. MagSafe 2 with stronger magnets, double the wireless charge speed, and built in 60Ghz data transfer for up to Thunderbolt equivalent speeds. Screen bezels reduced further to mimic the Apple Watch Series 7. Add 6x optical telescope lens, and obviously improve the other cameras as well (especially the 3x, that lens needs a wider aperture). Wifi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2 or newer, and of course next gen A series chip and 5G modem.

    1. It needs a usbc port. Filling/ restoring a 1 tb iPhone takes about 2 days via lightening or Wi-Fi, which is crazy. If you’re moving video regularly, this is just too stupid and slow, where usbc can pump 40gbps, or almost 100 times faster than lightening.

  2. The J-Phone!

    Rear facing joystick control for games, text editing, and maps.
    USB-C, Lightning, Micro-SD and whatever this magnetic 60ghz thing is. If you can’t handle this, what makes you think you can build a car?
    Have a thin bezel instead of a notch. Using the screen area beside the notch just makes things too complicated.
    Better rejection of unintentional button presses.
    Stop truncating file names and other info – this makes such displays useless. Instead make type size/thickness adjustable to fit in available space. If this isn’t possible, at least avoid truncating unique parts of file names and remove the common parts instead.
    Special thick/loud model with big speakers & battery.
    Allow wireless bluetooth microphones to work when shooting video. (At least two, on separate audio channels.)
    Allow USB-C video input for using the phone as a monitor for other devices. (Wireless has too much lag, takes too long to connect, and is unreliable.)

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