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.
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.
Analyst Jeff Pu, from Haitong International Securities, also believes all iPhone 14 models will have 120Hz displays.
We've also heard that at least one, and perhaps two, 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 models are the likely candidates.
Analyst Ross Young believes ProMotion displays will remain exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models.
A rather sketchy rumor from Chinese site MyDrivers suggests that we'll see Apple release a 2TB iPhone 14 in 2022.
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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