The year may have just begun but the rumour mill for the next iPhone is already in full swing. Today Bloomberg analyst Mark Gurman has reported on his predictions for numerous 2022 Apple devices. Is iPhone 14 radically redesigned?

According to Gurman, the iPhone 14 will feature a range of models including a 6.1 inch and 6.7 inch iPhone 14 and a 6.1 inch and 6.7 inch iPhone 14 Pro. Sorry mini fans but it looks like the supply chain reports were right and sales have just been too slow for Apple to justify making another mini iPhone.

Gurman states that some models will replace the notch with a hole-punch camera design, likely the Pro models. This has been corroborated by various sources and seems like a relatively good bet at this point. To achieve this Apple must have found a way to move the Face ID technology (but not the selfie camera) under the display. The most notable manufacturer to ship a phone in volume with an under-display selfie camera is Samsung. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a selfie camera under the display and it’s fair to say the images it produces are mixed at best. No wonder Apple isn’t willing to make the jump just yet. People value a high-quality selfie camera. And if not for photos, for video calling which has been particularly important during the pandemic.

As for the design, sources point towards something of a throwback to the iPhone 4 design with a brushed stainless steel band and circular buttons sandwiched between two pieces of glass. The design would be a little thicker but this would serve to all but eliminate the camera bump. From the description of the alleged design, it sounds like it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The iPhone 4 was a radical departure at the time and introduced key new features like FaceTime, the Retina Display, Apple Silicon and much more. If the 14 can come even close to this level of advancement it’ll move units quicker than Elon Musk can move BitCoin.

Render concept courtesy of Jon Prosser and Rendersbyian of Front Page Tech

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