Later this year, in September, the world will look to Cupertino, California for the launch of Apple’s next flagship iPhones. This year’s event could be Apple’s biggest in a long time. After all, 2022 marks fifteen years of the iPhone. But the main draw of Apple’s fall event will be the arrival of the iPhone 14 series, which is expected to see a big change in both design and features. Some rumors suggest that Apple will get rid of the notch in the high-end iPhone 14 Pro models, others say the tech giant may introduce the iPhone 14 Max, the replacement for the iPhone 13 mini from Apple. This year, we’ve put together a wish list of features we want to see on Apple’s next iPhone.
No notch on the iPhone 14
Apple first added a “notch” to the high-end iPhone X in 2017, replacing the home button and TouchID with a TrueDepth camera and FaceID. The notch, although many called it an odd choice at first, was actually a smart move. After all, Apple’s FaceID solution is so much more complex because it uses 3D mapping technology to get a full look at your face.
Although Apple reduced the notch by 20% on the iPhone 13, it still exists for some reason. The notch has served its purpose, but it’s time for Apple to try a new solution to implement a full-screen display on the world’s most popular smartphone. Apple could use under-display cameras that are already present on smartphones such as the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and get rid of the annoying notch altogether. However, the technology is far from perfect right now.
Rumors say that the iPhone 14 might have a pill-shaped hole-punch design for its front camera, which is a sleek take on the notch. This way the screen offers more information on top of the iPhone 14.
The iPad Pro and MacBook Pro already come with USB-C ports, so it would make sense for Apple to follow the industry trend and replace Lightning with USB-C on the iPhone as well. Apple is known for simplifying the user experience.
What’s happening right now is that the iPhone feels left out, especially when every Android smartphone, Nintendo Switch, and even a MacBook Air supports USB-C. As a user, you don’t want to carry around different cables and chargers. You want a single cable/charger that works with multiple gadgets.
Apple may forgo USB-C in favor of a portless iPhone. Since wireless charging is slower than expected, Apple still needs a dedicated wired charging solution for the iPhone. This leaves Apple with the only option to introduce a USB-C port on the next-gen iPhone.
Bring ProMotion to all iPhone models
High-refresh displays are nothing new to smartphones these days. Every mainstream Android smartphone, regardless of price, comes with either 90Hz or 120Hz displays. In fact, some gaming smartphones, including Asus’ ROG Phone, have 144Hz displays. The iPhone has also a super-sharp ProMotion display, but only on its higher-end ‘Pro’ models. This needs to change, starting with the iPhone 14 series.
The iPhone 13 Pro finally introduced ProMotion aka 120Hz displays. ProMotion makes everything smooth. Animations and scrolling are more responsive. Currently, ProMotion is marketed as a luxury feature, but Apple shouldn’t limit ProMotion to its “Pro” line of iPhones. Every iPhone should have a high refresh rate screen.
Greater optical zoom
The iPhone 13 Pro Max is fantastic, taking great photos in daylight as well as low light. It has, in fact, one of the best cameras on a smartphone. One thing that could make the iPhone, especially the high-end model, exceptional is a bigger zoom. Sure, the iPhone 13 Pro comes with a 3X zoom lens, but it’s no way comparable to the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s 10X zoom lens.
For a pro-mobile photographer, a zoom allows you to experience a scene without physically needing to move away or closer to your subject. Although Apple hasn’t confirmed it, it’s rumored that one of the high-end iPhone models in 2022 or 2023 will feature a “periscope” lens. A periscope lens provides optical zoom capabilities, allowing for 5x or 10x capabilities.
If Samsung can deliver a bigger and better zoom lens on its high-end smartphone, Apple can also increase the maximum range of zoom lenses on an iPhone. Its higher-end iPhone models have a bigger zoom.
Reverse wireless charging
A very useful feature that Apple has yet to add to its iPhone is reverse wireless charging. For years, Apple refrained from adding reverse wireless charging to the iPhone, which would give Apple’s most popular gadget the ability to charge other devices like AirPods.
Reverse wireless charging would be a great feature to have on the go, allowing you to quickly charge your AirPods or Apple Watch simply by placing them on the back of the iPhone. It’s still surprising why this feature hasn’t made it to the iPhone despite past leaks and rumors.
While reverse wireless charging can be a nice add-on feature on the iPhone, one thing that shouldn’t be overlooked is the charging efficiency. When touching two Apple devices together for a short time, the efficiency should be high. With Apple rumored to bring device-in-device charging capability to the iPad Pro later this year, we just hope to see reverse wireless charging coming to the iPhone in the near future.