A photo that allegedly shows molds of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 series models has been posted online, providing additional information on understanding the lineup’s relative sizes.
The molds in the photo, posted on Weibo, were likely used by third-party case makers, and from the actual iPhone 14 handsets. However, they do jibe well with other details we’ve heard about Apple’s fall-targeted handset lineup.
iPhone sizes are apparently changing in 2022, with Apple eliminating the relatively unpopular 5.4-inch iPhone. Apple is offering larger iPhone sizes for its flagship devices: A 6.1-inch iPhone 14, a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max. The iPhone 14 models are expected to look like the iPhone 13 models with the same flat-edged design.
The camera bump (okay, camera “bulge”) on the 2022 high-end iPhone will be 4.17 mm thick, or 0.57 mm larger than the bump on the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
The camera hump will also increase in size as to how much space the camera takes up on the back, increasing in size by about 5% in each dimension, going from the current width of 35.01 mm to 36.73 mm and height of 36.24 mm to 38.21 mm.
The larger humps are expected to introduce improvements to the Ultra Wide camera. We’ve seen rumors suggesting the iPhone 14 Pro models could boast significant improvements to the wide-angle camera and updates to the telephoto lens.
Well-connected Apple industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will add a 48-megapixel camera lens to the iPhone 14 in 2022, adding a periscope lens to the 2023 iPhone 15.
Kuo has also predicted that only Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro models will boast the “A16” chip. He says the standard iPhone 14 models will continue to use the A15 Bionic chip used in the iPhone 13.
A December 2021 report from the Korean website The Elec said Apple’s high-end iPhone 14 “Pro” models, which will debut in 2022, will feature a hole-punch display, ridding the Pro models of their much-maligned top-notch. The 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max are expected to feature the upgraded display, which will do away with the notch