Apple’s flagship models of the iPhone 13 series are fantastic and the iPhone 12 mini† iPhone 12† iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are still holding up well, but some of you may want to wait for Apple’s 2022 iPhone, presumably iPhone 14 called.
If you’re considering upgrading your phone, you have a myriad of options to browse. The iPhone 13 series and iPhone 12 series represent the top, but Apple has plenty of other devices that deserve your attention, including the iPhone SE 3, iPhone 11† iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max† iPhone SE2† iPhone XS† iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR†
And while it will be fine for many of you to buy one of these iPhones, or any device outside of Apple’s ecosystem, others may want to keep waiting for this year’s iPhone models.
The iPhone 13 series has some serious upgrades on board, but we could see much bigger changes to the iPhone line in 2022. That puts those of you in the new phone market in a difficult position: buy a new device now or wait?
iPhone 14 rumors
We’re still a long way from Apple’s 2022 iPhone announcements, but we’ve already seen plenty of credible rumors popping up.
Apple is widely expected to release four new iPhone 14 models in 2022, although the company is reportedly dropping the “mini” model of the iPhone.
The 2022 iPhones will reportedly have a hole punch instead of a notch, some major changes to the camera, a new chassis design, satellite connectivity, and a few other changes that may intrigue you as you shop for your next phone.
We’ve also heard that Apple may be removing iPhone models with physical SIM card slots as early as this year. A report suggests Apple will launch eSIM smartphones in September 2022. And while we could see an eSIM-only iPhone 14 model, an analyst said it will be an optional model†
The iPhone 14 series is still in development, which means plans can and probably will change before Apple unveils the new hardware later this year. That said, there are already some good 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 long before the iPhone 14 release date.
Waiting for a perforation design
If you hate Apple’s notch, you might be in luck, as 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 iPhone 12 series and earlier iPhone models.
In 2022, Apple will reportedly ditch the notch in favor of a perforated screen design. the rumor comes from respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He reiterated this in a newer comment, though he says the change may be limited to iPhone 14 Pro models.
Analyst Ross Young believes that while the iPhone 14 Pro models will be the only ones with this new design, the perforated design will likely come to all iPhone models by 2023. has reiterated this position in a new report.
Korean publication the Elec supports these rumors and claims that Samsung Display will assist in the manufacturing process. Like Kuo, the site says the new design will be limited to the Pro models.
A newer report from the Elec states that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will come with LTPO OLED screens with a hole punch.
The panels will reportedly be supplied by Samsung and LG. Another report from the same publication sheds more light on Samsung’s OLED plans for the iPhone 14.
If true, it would bring the iPhone more in line with Samsung’s high-end Galaxy phones, which also use 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.
Jon Prosser has shared an image of alleged iPhone 14 Pro schematics showing them what the hole puncher could look like.
91Mobiles has shared views on the alleged iPhone 14 Pro design. According to the site, these are based on leaked CAD images. They show round and pill-shaped cutouts that replace the notch.
tasteful @dylandkt suggests that the iPhone 14 Pro models will have a pill-shaped camera cutout on the top of the screen.
We’ve heard that the design of the iPhone 14 Pro has been completed, as have the essential parts of the trial production phase of the new iPhone models.
presumably CAD images of the iPhone 14 Pro Max point to thinner screen bezels. As for the cheaper iPhone 14 models, they are expected to maintain the same thickness and bezel size as the iPhone 13 series.
We’ve also seen renders of the purported design Apple will implement on the low-end iPhone 14 models. The renders, from MySmartPricehint at a design that has remained virtually unchanged from the iPhone 13s.
The device in the images has a notch and also has the same rear camera setup as the iPhone 13.
We’ve also seen leaked iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max display panels confirm all this information.
Apple has won a patent for under-screen cameras for biometric authentication on the iPhone, so it’s pretty clear that the company is working to get rid of the notch at some point. It’s just a matter of when.
If you’re not thrilled with the look of the iPhone 12 or iPhone 13, consider waiting for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.