02/28 Update below. This post was originally published on February 26
iPhone 14 information is gaining momentum with new design and price leaks. Now a shock iPhone 14 upgrade has been revealed.
In its latest exclusive, The Elec (which has been on fire recently) reveals that Apple has secured next generation OLED technology for iPhone 14 Pro models from Samsung. And the surprising part: Samsung didn’t even include the tech in its new Galaxy S22 range.
02/27 Update: Apple’s iPhone display changes continue to leak. Building on the cutting edge panels coming to this year’s iPhone 14 lineup, respected industry display specialist Ross Young has Revealed that there will be no escaping the controversial ‘i-shaped’ cutout (image below) in 2023. Young states that Apple will introduce the double cutout across all iPhone 15 models, it is Pro-exclusive in 2022, finally killing off the notch for good. Young’s flawless track record also indicates this is information you can take to the bank.
That said, this will be divisive news for many iPhone fans. It has been a near 5-year wait for Apple to ditch the notch for a more modern look but most expected either a smaller punch hole cutout — like rival Android handsets — or a seamless under-display camera. Not something that some will consider looks worse than what it is replacing. Moreover, Apple almost never changes designs after a single generation so the news suggests the i-shaped cutout will be here to stay for the foreseeable future. Like the notch, it is going to be something iPhone fans simply have to get used to all over again.
02/28 Update: widespread reports are surfacing today that Apple will announce its first event of the year tomorrow (March 1). The event is expected to feature a new budget iPhone alongside a new iPad and Mac / MacBook models. Apple is expected to announce that the event will take place on March 8, a date backed by prominent insiders, including Bloomberg’s respected Apple sleuth Mark Gurman.
For iPhone fans, the highlight is understood to be a new iPhone SE though Apple is tipped to borrow heavily from the existing 2020 design — itself inspired by the 2017 iPhone 8 and retain a physical Touch ID button. The headline upgrades are likely to be an improved rear camera, 5G connectivity and an A15 Bionic chip which would make it by far the fastest smartphone in its price bracket ($399). The existing 2020 iPhone SE is also rumored to stay around with a new eye-opening $199 price tag. Given the markets this would open up for Apple, such a development would be bigger news than its replacement model.
As for the new iPad and Macs, the former should be a new iPad Air — again design unchanged but with an updated A-series chip and 5G (a big theme of Apple’s updates at this event). Meanwhile, the latter may see two new devices: a high-end Mac Mini and a 13-inch MacBook Pro updated to match the larger 14-inch and 16-inch models Apple launched last year. Retaining 13-inch and 14-inch models seems uncharacteristically crowded for an Apple laptop line-up so I retain some skepticism about this.
Of course, Apple’s announcement tomorrow is unlikely to clear this up but at least we will have a new date for our calendars (tip: you can mark it now, it will be the 8th).
The tech in question is Samsung’s ‘M12 OLED material set’ which comprises the red, green and blue pixel’s dopant, host and prime elements in OLED displays. It brings improved display performance and color accuracy and, controversially, was skipped entirely by Samsung for its flagship S22 smartphones in what The Elec claims was a cost cutting decision.
Consequently, Samsung released the Galaxy S22 Ultra and Galaxy S22 Plus with M11 — the same tech used in last year’s models — while the Galaxy S22 was left further behind with M10 which was first used by the Galaxy S20 range in 2020. And it is not just this revelation which causes something of a shock for iPhone fans, it is the reversal of recent history.
Back in 2020, Samsung launched the first commercial LTPO variable refresh rate OLED displays to market which made high refresh rates far more power efficient. The iPhone range missed out as Samsung limited the tech to the Galaxy Note 20. Apple consequently had to delay its own ‘ProMotion’ iPhone displays until the launch of iPhone 13 Pro models in late 2021. Now iPhones are ahead of the curve.
For its part, Samsung is expected to use M12 OLED panels in its next-gen Galaxy foldable devices which will launch in the autumn but iPhones will be breaking new ground for mainstream smartphones. Needless to say, given what we already know about standard iPhone 14 models, this tech will almost certainly be exclusive to iPhone 14 Pro models.
Will this be enough to convince Apple fans to pick an iPhone 14 Pro model in spite of their polarizing i-shape notch replacement? It won’t hurt.
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