iPhone 13 leaks have spoiled Apple’s biggest upgrades and made some eye-opening price claims. But now a new leak may have spoiled the iPhone 13 entirely by revealing something much more exciting.
In a remarkable new exclusive, popular leaker Jon Prosser of FrontPageTech has revealed the iPhone 14 ahead of the iPhone 13 launch. Yes, you read that right. Moreover, one of the industry’s most respected voices has backed the leak.
What Prosser has unveiled is the most significant iPhone redesign since the iPhone X, four years ago. Having seen “a physical sample of the phone”, the leaker has created multiple renders to protect his sources and they show three major changes:
- Flush rear cameras
- Much thicker chassis
- Titanium design
- No More Notch
The first change is facilitated by the second. Prosser states that the iPhone 14 will be “thick with fourteen C’s” and this added thickness is what will eliminate the giant camera bump (a bump that will get even bigger on the iPhone 13). He also speculates that the thickness will allow Apple to fit a larger battery, compromise fans have been requesting for years.
Next, the titanium chassis. Titanium is one of the strongest metals on earth and a significant upgrade from both aluminum on standard iPhone models and even the steel chassis of the iPhone Pro range. Prosser states titanium will only be for iPhone 14 Pro models, but it is unknown if this means steel will drop down to standard iPhones. Given its cost Vs aluminium, I suspect not and it increases upsell potential.
“Finally, the notch is gone!” says Prosser, who explains that Face ID remains but has been repositioned under the display allowing the iPhone 14 to have a small punch hole camera instead. Prosser’s claims were subsequently backed by respected display analyst Ross Young who stated that the timeline for the technology is inline with his expectations and is likely to feature on both 2022 and 2023 iPhones. He did warn that the tech “isn’t final yet” but that is to be expected this far out.
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Prosser also shared some other titbits: the glass back of the iPhone 14 will be semi-glossy with the logo set underneath. The glass will sit on top of the antenna bands like the iPhone 4 and Apple will go back to the round volume buttons also seen on that classic design. He also understands that a new gold finish will be coming.
Last, some bad news. Prosser says there will be no USB-C on the iPhone 14 with the Lightning port remaining. “We double, triple checked this” he stresses.
“Our sources were very clear, this is a very early unit they are showing us,” he added. “Some dimensions may change, colors may change, but they believe that the overall design will remain all the way to mass production next year.”
Yes, it’s a lot to process and certainly a much bigger leap than we will see with the iPhone 13 which may give wavering upgraders a reason to wait. That said, for Apple fans who have decided to upgrade this year, there is still a lot to like about the iPhone 13: massive new cameras, bigger batteries, quicker charging, next-gen WiFi and a smaller notch. Meanwhile iPhone 13 Pro buyers will get global mmWave, ProMotion displays and potentially twice the storage.
09/13 Update: Bloomberg has given a new update on the iPhone 13 which rubber stamps several of these details. Externally, you should expect a broadly similar design to the iPhone 12 range but with a smaller notch on all models. ProRes recording and Cinematic Video — a video version of Portrait Mode — will make it, along with LTPO displays on iPhone 13 Pro models “that likely means a higher-refresh-rate, like ProMotion on the iPad Pro.” And last, but perhaps most impressively, satellite communications for use in emergency situations when normal phone signal is not available.
One note of caution. Apple has warned iPhone stock will be limited while there are conflicting reports about price changes. So, if you are undecided about the iPhone 13, you need to make up your mind quickly — or else.