Touch ID with a smaller display will not be included in next year’s iPhone lineup.
Because there were no major design changes in this year’s iPhone 13 lineup, many tech pundits dubbed it the “iPhone 12S.” Next year’s iPhone refresh will almost certainly be different, with Apple joining the camera megapixel race and dropping the notch from Pro models.
It’s only been a week since Apple unveiled the iPhone 13 lineup, and industry observers are already speculating about the company’s future plans.
In a new letter seen by MacRumors, renowned analyst Ming Chi-Kuo revised his expectations about next year’s iPhone 14 Pro models. Kuo believes Apple will trade the notch for a punch-hole display design akin to the one that you get with many Android flagships. Meanwhile, the standard iPhone 14 models are expected to retain the notch design. The punch-hole on the Pro variants would call for the Face ID sensors to be moved under the display.
With the iPhone 14 lineup, Apple might finally join the megapixel race with a 48-megapixel wide-angle camera. And just like many Android phones equipped with high-resolution image sensors, the resulting photos would still be 12 megapixels by default. In other words, Apple could use a technology dubbed “four-cell merge output mode” to produce oversampled images that have more detail and less noise.
Interestingly, Kuo claims that the iPhone 14 Pro Max will start at $899, a significant decrease from the $1,099 starting price of the iPhone 13 Pro Max. In terms of the iPhone SE, it is possible that it will receive another update that will include 5G connectivity. For those who adore Touch ID and would not trade it for the extra screen real estate on other iPhone models, Apple is working on an under-display version, which could debut with the 2023 iPhone lineup.
Finally, Kuo claims that a foldable iPhone is further away than previously thought. This means that Apple’s take on the new form factor may not be available until at least 2024.