Apple has sent out invites to an event next Tuesday, which will almost certainly see the launch of the iPhone 13. So the last thing the company wants right now is people looking beyond that device to next year's iPhone 14.
But the popular (if occasionally wayward) leaker Jon Prosser is no respecter of corporate schedules, and has chosen this week to reveal the design of 2022's iPhone. And we suspect it will cause some prospective customers to wonder if they should skip the iPhone 13 and wait for the iPhone 14.
Most strikingly - according to Prosser's Front Page Tech site - the iPhone 14 update will see the disappearance of the notch, which will please many users. Instead, there will be a pinhole aperture for the front-facing camera, a design feature that has been present in some competitors' smartphones for some time: the Honor View 20 had one at the end of 2018.
There is also said to be a titanium frame, rounded volume buttons and a redesigned speaker and microphone. In addition, the camera on the back will no longer protrude outwards, something that many users have complained about. (Unless you keep your iPhone 12 Pro in a case, its rear camera module is liable to scratch any surface it's placed on, and it won't lie down flat.) It will instead be flush with the rear chassis surface.
Given that the iPhone 14 will not be released until autumn 2022, this new information should of course be taken with a pinch of salt. Prosser has got things wrong before - AppleTrack currently gives him an accuracy rating of 74.3% based on 183 rumours - and even if his sources are correct about Apple's development plans right now there's plenty of time for them to change before the device is (officially) revealed to the public.
We discuss this in: Mark my words: Prosser will regret those iPhone 14 images.
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