6 Reasons to Wait for the iPhone 14 & 6 Reasons Not To
Apple’s flagship iPhone 13 series models are fantastic and the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max are still holding up nicely, 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 13 series currently represents the top-of-the-line, but Apple’s got plenty of other devices that are worthy of your attention including the iPhone SE 3, iPhone 12 series, 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 and wait for this year’s iPhone models.
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: Buy a new device right now or wait?
iPhone 14 Rumors
We’re just hours away from Apple’s iPhone announcements and we’ve seen a ton of credible information emerge ahead of launch.
Apple is widely expected to release four new iPhone 14 models in 2022 though the company will reportedly ditch the iPhone “mini” model in favor of a larger “Plus” model.
We’ve also heard the iPhone 14 will start at $799 like its predecessor, the iPhone 13. On the other hand, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max could become more expensive.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the price of the Pro models could jump up by 15%. If this pans out, we could see the price of the Pro models jump by $100.
Trendforce has issued an updated forecast and the company believes the iPhone 14 will be priced at $699, the iPhone 14 Plus at $799, iPhone 14 Pro at $999, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max at $1099.
A survey conducted by Savings indicates that despite the potential price increase, the iPhone 14 series will drive more upgrades than the iPhone 13 series. Specifically, the publication says 14% of iPhone owners plan to move to the iPhone 14 which is up from 10% last year.
iPhone 14 rumors also point to a hole-punch instead of a notch, some big changes to the camera, satellite connectivity, and a few other changes that might intrigue you as you hunt for your next phone.
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 for the iPhone 14 series and the best reasons to go with another device before the iPhone 14 release date.
Wait for a Hole-Punch Design
If you hate Apple's notch, you might be in luck because it looks like the company is making significant changes to the iPhone's design.
Apple didn't eliminate the notch in 2021 but the iPhone 13 series has a smaller notch than the iPhone 12 series and previous iPhone models.
In 2022, Apple will reportedly ditch the notch in favor of a hole-punch display design. The rumor comes from respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He's reiterated this in a newer note though he says the change may be limited to the iPhone 14 Pro models.
A source speaking to MacRumors believes the iPhone 14 Pro's display cutouts might look like a single, long pill shape when the display is on. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman believes this information is accurate.
Analyst Ross Young believes that while the iPhone 14 Pro models will be the only ones with this new design, the hole-punch design will likely come to all iPhone models in 2023. Young has reiterated this stance in two other reports.
Korean publication The Elec backs up these rumors and claims Samsung Display will help with the manufacturing process. Like Kuo, the site says the new design will be limited to the Pro models. ETNews also says Samsung will supply OLED panels for the iPhone 14.
A newer report from The Elec states that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will come with LTPO OLED displays with a hole-punch.
If true, it would put the iPhone more in line with Samsung's high-end Galaxy phones which also employ a hole-punch design.
The hole-punch isn't as invasive as the notch which should be music to the ears of those who don't like the notch.
Ice Universe and Duan Rui have both shared dummy images that show the devices new design in quite a bit of detail.
Alleged CAD images of the iPhone 14 Pro Max hint at thinner display bezels. As for the lower-end iPhone 14 models, they're expected to keep the same thickness and bezel size as the iPhone 13 series.
We've also seen renders of the alleged design Apple will deploy on the low-end iPhone 14 models. The renders, from MySmartPrice, hint at a design that's virtually unchanged from the iPhone 13's.
The device in the images has a notch and it also has the same rear camera setup as the iPhone 13.
We've also seen leaked iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max display panels corroborate all of this information.
Apple won a patent for under-display cameras for biometric authentication on the iPhone so it's pretty clear the company is working to get rid of the notch at some point. It's just a matter of when.
If you aren't thrilled with the look of the iPhone 12 or iPhone 13, think about waiting for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.