How Apple Could Improve iPhone with iPhone 14: One thing can be deduced from the rapid approach of the end of summer: Apple’s fall event is getting closer and closer, which implies new iPhones are on the horizon. It’s pretty much my favourite time of the year because I can’t wait to find out what Apple has in store for the next iPhone, which I’ll be buying on the first day it’s available to the public when it’s released (or as close as I can get).
Since the very first day it was available, I’ve been using the iPhone 13 Pro, and throughout the course of the past year, it’s been of great assistance to me. It’s certainly the piece of technology I use the most, and it holds a very important place in my heart because it’s been by my side through every stage of the journey leading up to the birth of my daughter in November of last year. However, it’s important to remember that Apple isn’t perfect, and there’s a good chance that there will be enhancements made to the iPhone 13 that will be introduced with the iPhone 14 series.
The iPhone 14 has the potential to be the finest iPhone ever, and here are a few ways Apple may make it happen.
Apple has been touting its Ceramic Shield glass screens since the release of the iPhone 12 series. This means that the glass is more durable and should be able to handle scratches, knocks, and drops better than in prior generations. This is Apple’s version of the toughened glass known as Gorilla Glass, which can be found on many Android devices.
In spite of Apple’s assertions to the contrary, I was unable to find any evidence that the Ceramic Shield offered superior protection against scratches. When I first acquired my iPhone 12 Pro, I was taking pictures of it for iMore by carefully setting it face down on a clean placemat. After just a few minutes, it ended up with multiple scratches, and I was utterly heartbroken about it. It was frustrating to find out that the Ceramic Shield on the iPhone 12 Pro did nothing to protect the screen from simple scratches on the surface. I had not used a screen protector for numerous generations of iPhones because I did not see the need to use one.
I ultimately got used to the scratches since I couldn’t see them when the screen was turned on, but I could see them when I wasn’t actively using the device. Eventually, I just grew used to them. I don’t remember exactly when I applied the screen protector, but it helped me feel a little bit better because it hid the scratch, and once something is hidden, it’s easier to forget about it. When I bought my new iPhone 13 Pro, one of the first things I did was install a screen protector because I swore to myself that I wouldn’t let something like that happen to my new phone.
Ceramic Shield appeared to be more susceptible to scratches in my use case, despite the fact that it was more shatter-resistant (though I didn’t personally test this with either the iPhone 12 Pro or the iPhone 13 Pro because I’m not made of money). In my use case, I found that Ceramic Shield seemed to be more likely to scratch easily. After passing through security at Disneyland, my spouse bumped into my hand while it was holding my iPhone in it. Although this caused me to drop my iPhone 13 Pro, which was protected by a case at the time, on the pavement below, I did have a screen protector on my iPhone at the time. When I got home and put a new protector on the screen, it seemed as though the real screen had not been touched in any way, despite the fact that one of the corners of my protection had shattered.
Again, within minutes of unboxing my iPhone 12 Pro and setting it face down for some shots, it ended up with scratches, so I can’t say that I’m a great fan of the Ceramic Shield that Apple offers. I have high hopes that the display of the iPhone 14 is more resistant to scratches than prior models, but given my history, I think it’s more likely that I’ll just continue to use screen protectors in the future. Since I constantly have a case on my phone, I am less concerned about cracked displays; but, the scratches that are on my screen really upset me a lot more.
Apple launched the ProMotion display technology with the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max. This enabled for a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, which resulted in scrolling that was silky smooth and enhanced overall responsiveness. The problem, though, is that the typical user probably won’t even notice such a feature, at least not without doing a head-to-head comparison with an iPhone that doesn’t have ProMotion. This is where things get tricky.
However, it’s not exactly groundbreaking to have a screen with a faster refresh rate; in fact, Android smartphones have had this capability for quite some time. When using Apple products, the phone acts as a de facto remote controller for the ProMotion app. The refresh rate will change dependent on what you are doing on the phone at any given moment because it is dynamic and adapts to your needs. This improves the battery life to last for a longer period of time.
On the other hand, Android phones come equipped with the capability of allowing the user to manually regulate the refresh rate. You should be able to set your iPhone 14 Pro such that it maintains a refresh rate of 120Hz at all times if that’s what you want. If this is what you want, then you should be able to get it, despite the fact that it will need some concessions in other areas, such as the length of time the battery will last.
Reports indicate that the ProMotion display will continue to be unique to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max smartphones, rather than expanding to the lower-end versions as well. This would indicate that the ProMotion display will continue to be considered a “pro” feature by Apple. Why not make it even more professional by giving the user more leeway in terms of customization and flexibility while we’re at it?
In 2017, Apple introduced the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, both of which have wireless charging capabilities. Again, this was not a new industry standard because wireless charging was previously available on a number of other Android devices at the time. Since that time, however, Apple has integrated wireless charging capabilities into all of its iPhone models, including the iPhone 13.
However, despite the fact that wireless charging has been a thing for the past five years, the maximum amount of power that it can supply to iPhones is still limited to 7.5W for some reason. We are not talking about authorised MagSafe chargers, which are able to charge the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 at charging speeds of 15W. Instead, we are talking about conventional wireless charging with Qi-compatible wireless charging pads. According to what I’ve been able to determine, the majority of wireless chargers are capable of providing a rapid charge to an Android device at a pace that is significantly faster than that of an iPhone, typically at least 10W or more.
It is a mystery to me why Apple continues to cap the wireless charging speed on the iPhone at 7.5W for charging methods other than the MagSafe standard. It is excruciatingly sluggish, but I suppose it won’t be such a big deal if you plan to leave your iPhone charging overnight and aren’t in a hurry to use it. However, it would be wonderful if Apple increased the charging speed for conventional wireless charging just a little bit so that it isn’t so far behind the other companies in the market.
Center Stage was a brand-new feature that was introduced for the very first time on the 2021 iPad Pro, which was also the very first iPad to include a TrueDepth camera with a resolution of 12 megapixels ultra-wide. Since that time, Center Stage has been incorporated onto the iPad mini 6, the iPad 9th generation, and the iPad Air 5, making it an essential feature that is now present across the whole product portfolio. When you are on a video call with someone, your face will automatically be centred in the frame thanks to a feature called Center Stage. This feature is compatible with all video calling apps, not just FaceTime.
But if we’re being completely honest, why is Center Stage only available on the iPad? Do I have this wrong? I have the impression that a greater number of individuals make video calls using their iPhones. In spite of this, it is still a highly capable gadget for making video calls, and it is simple to carry and even walk around with if you find that you need to do so. The iPhone furthermore comes equipped with a TrueDepth camera that features a wide-angle lens, which suggests that it should have no trouble managing Center Stage.
It seems like an aeon ago, but there was a time when it was speculated that the iPhone 13 will be equipped with a wireless charging feature that would allow it to be charged from the other end. For the benefit of people who aren’t familiar with the term, this refers to the capability of your iPhone to provide power to other portable electronic devices, such as AirPods or other smartphones. Unfortunately, this did not come to fruition at any point.
However, when Apple announced the MagSafe Battery Pack, it disclosed that the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 already have a form of reverse wireless charging built into them. How? If you have your iPhone plugged in while you have the MagSafe Battery Pack linked to it, it will be able to send power to the battery pack, which will allow it to be charged to its maximum capacity. Under certain circumstances, it operates similarly to the way that wireless charging can be done in reverse. It’s possible that Apple may implement complete reverse wireless charging on the iPhone 14, or possibly even the iPhone 15.