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7 Reasons to Wait for the iPhone 14 & 4 Reasons Not To

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Apple’s flagship iPhone 13 series looks great and the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max are still excellent, but some of you might want to wait for Apple’s 2022 iPhone, presumably called iPhone 14.

If you’re thinking about upgrading your phone, you’ve got a ton of options to sift through. The iPhone 12 series represents the top-of-the-line, but Apple’s got plenty of other devices that are worthy of your attention including the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE 2, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

And while many of you are going to be perfectly fine buying one of these iPhones, or a device outside of Apple’s ecosystem, others might want to hang around.

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The iPhone 13 series has some serious upgrades on board, but we could see much bigger changes come to the iPhone line in 2022. That puts those of you in the market for a new phone in a tough position in 2021: Buy a new device this year or wait?

iPhone 14 Rumors

We’re a long way away from Apple’s 2022 iPhone announcement, but we’ve already seen some credible rumors emerge.

The 2022 iPhones will reportedly feature a punch-hole instead of a notch, some huge changes to the iPhone’s camera, a new chassis design, and a few other changes that might intrigue you as you hunt for your next phone.

The iPhone 14 series is still in development which means plans can, and probably will, change before Apple unveils the new hardware next year. That said, there are already some great reasons to think about waiting for the company’s 2022 iPhone models.

In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to wait and the best reasons to go with another device long before the iPhone 14 release date.

Wait for Performance Improvements

Wait for Performance Improvements

Apple always makes year-to-year performance improvements to the iPhone so you can expect the iPhone 14 series to come with some key upgrades. 

You can expect the iPhone 14 models to feature an improved processor which could lead to better battery life and app performance. 

Initially it looked like TSMC was planning to produce 3nm chips starting in the second half of 2022. The 3nm process will reportedly provide a 30% improved energy efficiency and a huge 15% performance boost. 

Unfortunately, according to TSMC, its 3nm timeline has been delayed which means we probably won't see the process used for the 2022 iPhones. The company may use its "N4P" process instead. 

A report from The Information says the iPhone 14 series probably won't have 3nm chips on board due to production issues.

The Information also says the iPhone is expected to shift over to the 3nm process in 2023 which means the iPhone 15 could be the first iPhone series to use it. 

A report from Digitimes claims the iPhone 14's A16 Bionic chip will be based on a 4nm process. Another report from the same publication says pilot production of 3nm chips has begun and that it "will move the process to volume production by the fourth quarter of 2022." In other words, don't expect it in time for the iPhone 14. 

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the high-end iPhone 14 models could utilize a vapor chamber thermal system. Apple is reportedly aggressively testing the feature. 

According to Kuo, the thermal system will be required for the high-end iPhone 14 models because they'll have stronger computing power and faster 5G speeds. 

We could also see Apple bring 120Hz Pro Motion displays to the entire iPhone lineup next year. The feature, which made its debut this year, is limited to the company's iPhone 13 Pro models

We've also heard that at least one iPhone 14 model might lack a 120Hz ProMotion Display. If that pans out, at least one model will retain a 60Hz display. The base iPhone 14 model is the likely candidate. 

A rather sketchy rumor from Chinese site MyDrivers suggests that we'll see Apple release a 2TB iPhone 14 next year.

The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max are the first iPhone models with 1TB of storage on board and the larger storage size helps with the devices new camera features. 

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 14 will feature Wi-Fi 6E. We had heard that the iPhone 13 would come with Wi-Fi 6E, but those rumors didn't pan out. 

It's still early, but you can expect additional iPhone 14 rumors to outline some of the other potential performance enhancements in the coming months. 

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