The iPhone 14 will undoubtedly be a strong phone, but it may not receive as much of a performance jump as we’d anticipated, since Apple may be forced to use 5nm chipsets once more as it did with the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12.
The ‘5nm’ stands for the manufacturing method, and a lower number might signify greater power and higher energy efficiency without increasing (or at least not dramatically increasing) the chipset’s size.
According to a storey in The Information, Apple may employ the same 5nm technique for the iPhone 14 as it did for the last two iPhone generations.
Because, while TSMC (the firm that makes iPhone chipsets) is working on moving to a 3nm technology, it appears that it will not be able to do so in time for the iPhone 14 range.
If that’s the case, it’ll be the first time Apple has persisted with the same smartphone chip production method for this long, potentially allowing competitors like Samsung to catch up.
However, we’d take this with a grain of salt for the time being, especially because prior rumours stated the iPhone 14 will have a 3nm processor. We’ve also heard that a 4nm process may be employed, so if TSMC can’t complete the whole conversion to 3nm in time, that could be an alternative.
Analysis: a 5nm process could still leave Apple in the lead
Even if the iPhone 14 is built on a 5nm technology, it will still be a very powerful device. Despite being created using the same technique as the A14 Bionic in the iPhone 12, the A15 Bionic in the iPhone 13 has a CPU that is up to 50% quicker than any of the competitors.
So there’s no reason to believe Apple won’t be able to squeeze even more performance out of the A16 Bionic (or whatever the chip’s final name is) with the iPhone 14. Even if there isn’t a significant advance over the A15 Bionic, Apple’s current chipset is considerably ahead of the competition, thus the A16 Bionic will almost certainly remain the fastest smartphone chipset in 2022.
iPhone 14 : Everything we know about iPhone 14
There’s still a year until the 2022 iPhone 14 models are ready to ship, but we’ve been hearing rumours about them since long before the iPhone 13 ever released, thanks to the significant changes in the works.
In 2022, iPhone sizes will change, and the 5.4-inch iPhone mini will be phased out. Following disappointing sales, Apple is expected to focus on bigger iPhone sizes, with 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 on the horizon.
Since 2017, iPhones with Face ID have featured a notch on the front to hold all of the essential electronics for face recognition, but with the release of the iPhone 14, that will change. A notchless design with Face ID under the display and a small hole punch cutout in the middle for the front-facing camera is predicted for some iPhone models in 2022.
The back camera might also get a makeover, with Apple introducing a thicker shell that would minimise the camera bulge. The lenses, flash, and LiDAR scanner might all be flush with the back glass if this is the case.
Some of the upcoming iPhones might include a titanium frame, as well as revised speaker and microphone grilles. Apple may also employ a new vapour chamber thermal technology to keep the iPhone cooler in order to mitigate the effects of quicker CPUs and 5G connection.
The camera on new iPhones is constantly improved, and the iPhone 14 is no exception. The Ultra Wide camera will be improved, and there’s a chance Apple could introduce a “periscope” zoom lens that allows for even larger optical magnification, although it’s unclear whether this will happen in 2022 or 2023. The iPhone Pro versions may also have 48-megapixel cameras and 8K video recording.