Rumors abound about Apple’s “out of reach” iPhone 14

Invitations to Apple’s latest iPhone launch event on Wednesday, where the company is expected to showcase new versions of the iPhone and Apple Watch, featured a starry sky in the shape of the company’s logo, titled “Far out.”

The company’s event invitations often contain shrewd hints of upcoming news, often only visible in the rearview mirror. But while some of the company’s expected announcements may elicit a sense of wonder, they may not all be in the tone Apple’s marketing team was hoping for.

Continuing the pattern set four years ago, its new iPhones are likely to be split into two lines, the iPhone 14 Pro and the cheaper iPhone 14, each available in regular and large sizes. But some new models will reportedly include the same family of processors as the iPhone 13, Apple’s A15 Bionic chip, for the first time since the iPhone 3G was released in 2008, suggesting significant changes are unlikely. New and old performance differences.

While the more expensive iPhone 14 Pro will include the A16 Bionic chip, continuing the company’s long-standing practice of introducing new chips in new iPhones, the cheaper iPhone 14 will not, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s report. The company has been grappling with chip shortages facing much of the rest of the industry, as well as supply chain disruptions due to China’s ongoing Covid lockdown and geopolitical tensions between Taiwan and Beijing.

Instead of a faster phone, the new device is expected to feature another major upgrade: an “always-on” screen. A preview of the next version of the iPhone operating system, iOS 16, has hinted that the latest device may have a lock screen that can be dimmed without shutting down completely, keeping the time and notifications on display at all times.

In addition to addressing supply constraints, continuing to use older chips in cheaper phones will further differentiate the two iPhone lines in the eyes of consumers. When Apple first introduced the iPhone X, a higher-tier iPhone model, the differences between it and the cheaper iPhone 8 were stark, in everything from screen size, design and the presence of Face ID. In recent years, however, the difference has narrowed to a tiny difference in finish and an extra camera on more expensive phones – even though the price difference has widened to £270.

But on the other hand, the two iPhone lines will become more similar as Apple is expected to stop making the smaller iPhone mini. When it was first released with the iPhone 12, the mini had a 5.4-inch screen, compared to the standard iPhone’s 6.1-inch and the iPhone max’s 6.7-inch.

But while it survived for two years, the company is reportedly disappointed with the sales figures and won’t be bringing the device back for a third year.

The mini is lauded for being one of the few phones on the market that allows people with smaller hands to avoid compromising on technology choices. While the phone’s battery is necessarily smaller than the standard iPhone, everything else is the same as its larger sibling.

Caroline Criado Perez, author of Invisible Women, a book about how the world is designed for men, praised the mini-version at its launch, calling it “Shows that the biggest tech companies in the world are getting smarter about the fact that women not only exist, but also love good technology as much as men”. Right now, the company’s smallest phone is likely to be the iPhone SE, which is significantly larger than the iPhone mini.

Apple is also expected to show off a redesign of the Apple Watch, splitting it into two layers, just like its larger sibling. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the “Apple Watch Pro” is expected to feature a titanium case that is larger than the current model, with a larger screen and a more durable design aimed at appealing to extreme sports enthusiasts.

The products will be released alongside already announced software updates, including the latest versions of iOS and macOS, that include new features such as Continuity Camera, which lets people use their iPhones as webcams. However, the next version of iPadOS has been delayed and won’t be released with the new device.

As for the “Distant” tagline, speculation has been raised as to what it might be foreshadowing. One is that the company is planning to launch a long-rumored emergency satellite connectivity feature that would send text alerts to emergency services even in areas with zero cellular coverage.

Another reason is that the company may be planning to improve the telephoto lens now in the iPhone Pro, boosting the phone’s 3x zoom to the 10x or even 40x offered by competitors like Samsung or Huawei.

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