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Apple iPhone 14 + iPhone 15 Rumor Roundup: Goodbye notch, hello punch-hole Face ID

Is it time for you to upgrade or to wait longer?

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Just a few months after the iPhone 13 announcement from Apple, several leakers have already announced what the iPhone 14 will look like. Not only is it a bold move, it’s also creating more chaos among fans whether they’ll buy the iPhone 13 or wait for the iPhone 14 this 2022 (or just patiently wait for the iPhone 15 in 2023).

Like with any other rumors, take these with a grain of salt. Everything you see here are just leaks and rumors and nothing has been confirmed yet.

iPhone 14 series

Out with the mini, in with the Max

With the less exciting number of sales of the iPhone 12 mini and 13 mini compared to its bigger siblings, it’s finally time to say goodbye to the littlest iPhones ever made.

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Instead, Apple is taking a different route and will instead create a bigger version of the iPhone 14 base model and will call it “iPhone 14 Max”. This is also coherent with its “Pro” sibling. There’s even a tweet by Ross Young, the CEO of a display supply chain company, about the key specs of the whole iPhone 14 lineup.


The regular iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro share the same 6.1-inch screen size. Meanwhile, the iPhone 14 Max and Pro Max will have a gigantic 6.7-inch display with slimmer bezels based on the dimensions of these leaked CAD drawings. When it comes to refresh rate, the 120Hz ProMotion displays might still be limited to the Pro models. Meanwhile, the base variants will stick to the usual 60Hz panel.

Punch-hole Face ID

Punch-hole displays are far from being a fresh feature. It first made its debut through the Samsung Galaxy A8s and the Huawei Nova 4 from merely three years ago. Still, Apple users will mostly like be fascinated to see a notch-less screen after years of sticking to it since the iPhone X.

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With the notch staying for another year on the newer iPhone 13 series, rumors suggest that Apple has finally reached the peak of implementing a Face ID system with punch-hole cutout. Albeit an unusual one with one pill-shaped cutout for the TrueDepth camera system sensors, and the other for the front camera.

This rumor came all the way from a March 2021 report by Ming-chi Kuo stating that the 2022 iPhone 14 will likely ditch the notch for a punch-hole camera layout. This also debunks the rumor that the iPhone 14 will have an under-display Face ID system as the technology is still far from happening.

If you’re getting your hopes up for Apple to get rid of that notch completely, well it will still stay at least in the non-Pro models.

Way bigger (and better) cameras

Every year, phone manufacturers tend to invest on rear cameras that are bigger both in size and performance. Of course, Apple is also taking a leap forward by implementing larger camera sensors. Rumored as early as April 2021, the iPhone 14 might have a 48MP camera sensor with support for 8K video recording.

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In the Android universe, it’s nothing grand. But in the Apple world, it’s a huge feat of engineering considering the current iPhones still rock a 12MP sensor. But as we all say in this site, numbers are not everything. In photography, having a better camera sensor still is the fruit in every pudding. Google’s Pixel line from the Pixel 3 until the Pixel 5 with the same ol’ Sony IMX363 proves that.

Better internals… for the Pro models

According to a Nikkei Asia report dated back in July 2021, the 2022 iPhone 14 could come with an even more efficient 3-4nm (nanometer) A16 Bionic chipset from TSMC — a Taiwan-based semiconductor company in Taiwan that provides chips for Apple.

Not only is it efficient, it also brings way faster performance more than one could ever imagine in a smartphone. Aside from the newly-announced Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, the A15 Bionic Chip is one of the smallest chips in the market with a 4nm process.

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Due to a chip shortage, it is also reported that only the iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max models would come with the newer A16 Bionic chipset. Meanwhile, the base iPhone 14 and 14 Max variants will still ship with A15 Bionic Chip from the iPhone 13 series.

While the Pro series of the iPhone 13 doesn’t come with 1TB internal storage options, both iPhone 14 Pro models might have it all along. Even support for 6GB RAM is said to come — which is a blessing for super power users.

iPhone 15 series

A blast from the past

If you haven’t noticed lately, Apple has been slowly bringing back their past designs. From the inspiration of the iPhone 12’s flat-edge design with the likes of the iPhone 5/5s and the first-gen iPhone SE, all the way to the 2021 iMac M1 that’s reminiscent of the iMac G3 from 2003. Like it or not, the upcoming iPhone 15 won’t be any different.

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As Jon Prosser stated in his latest report, the iPhone 15 will most likely borrow the design of the iPhone 4 from a decade ago. Instead of that protruding camera bump, Apple might actually make the phone thicker for the cameras to get flushed.

Titanium frame, thicker chassis

As early as August 2021, it was already rumored that the 2022 iPhone 14 will have a titanium chassis instead of the usual stainless steel ones. However it may not make its debut in the iPhone 14. Instead, it will be at least in the iPhone 15 Pro series.

Titanium is a wiser choice considering it’s stronger and more durable, yet lighter. This is why it’s a rare (and expensive) model when buying an Apple Watch before, specifically the Watch Series 5.

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The lack of camera cutout might look like it was inspired by Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra but the iPhone 15 will still be different.

Unlike those protruding camera lenses, its thicker chassis makes it possible to remove the camera bump and protruding lenses. The cameras, LiDAR scanner, and LED flash are flushed beneath the iPhone’s glass layer. It’s just like the good ol’ iPhone 4. This makes it look cleaner and uniformed.

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There’s little to no word about what colors we will get for the iPhone 15. My guesses are graphite, silver, and gold will still stay. I’ve also included a matte black option a la iPhone 7 and 7 Plus together with a rose gold (or pink) variant since Apple never brought it back after the iPhone 6s series and the first-gen iPhone SE from 2016.

Still in the waitlist

Portless iPhone

While the 2020 iPhone rumors suggested a “portless iPhone” is coming very soon, it might not be as soon as this year. Apple is in the hot seat as the European Union (EU) wants Apple to comply with the new port standard and equip upcoming iPhones with USB-C instead of Lightning port. If that pushes through, it’s a win for people who use USB-Cs for most (if not all) of their devices.

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The introduction of MagSafe on iPhones just started last year, but it doesn’t mean it’s a tech feature we all need. And we all know Apple isn’t ready to fully-adapt the technology on the newer iPhones just yet. Not only is it slower than the iPhone’s regular Lightning-based wired charging, it’s also unconventional (at least for now).

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If portless iPhones are not in Apple’s priorities now, what more with foldable iPhones?

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Even with early Apple patents submitted such as the folding iPad with Apple Pencil support, dual screen with hinge system, or even a clamshell iPhone such as the Galaxy Z Flip3 and motorola razr, it’s still a blurry sight if Apple will really pursue foldables in the near future. For now, we can only look at patent illustrations.

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iPhone SE 3

Mac Otakara and Ming-Chi Kuo’s reports about it being launched in April 2021 together with the new AirPods Pro were scrapped. Instead, Ross Young said it will be delayed until Q1 2022. But is it really the time for Apple to update the second-gen iPhone SE?

The design of the upcoming iPhone SE 3 is quite uncertain. Some say it will take cues from the ‘Plus’ versions of the iPhone 6/6s/7/8 with a 5.5-inch Retina Display. Others say it’s a direct copy of the iPhone 11 and XR with a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina Display. A minority even stated that it’ll have a punch-hole camera instead of a notch with iPhone 12 mini’s minuscule 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR display.

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But disproving all those what-ifs, the latest leak says that Apple will still use the design of the old iPhone 8 / SE 2 and will just equip the budget iPhone with a 5G-supported A15 Bionic Chip.

Currently, the iPhone 12 is currently the best-selling smartphone in the world. And with the iPhone 13 in the roster, it’s more likely that the iPhone SE 3 will be sold at a cheaper retail value — and might even cheaper than the launch prices of the 1st and 2nd generation iPhone SEs.

UPDATE: The Apple iPhone SE 3 (2022) was officially announced by Apple during the 2022 March Event. It still retains the same design as the iPhone SE 2 from 2020.


This article will be updated regularly. Updates will include new leaks and/or rumors on the Apple iPhone 14 and 15 series.

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Netflix confirms ads are coming later this year

In a cheaper subscription tier

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Netflix is currently in a bind. As the platform’s rivals grow, Netflix has started shrinking and losing subscribers. The company has also started pondering on alternative strategies to maintain its grip on the streaming world. One of the most recent ideas involves the introduction of a cheaper, ad-supported subscription tier. Now, after much strategizing, Netflix has all but confirmed its addition later this year.

During the recent Cannes Lion advertising festival (via The Hollywood Reporter), Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos confirmed that the platform is indeed adding a cheaper option for subscribers by the end of the year. While the platform was initially averse to including ads, Sarandos has stated that some subscribers actually don’t mind ads in return for a cheaper price per month.

Prior to an official announcement, Netflix has not announced how much the new subscription will cost on launch. Likewise, they haven’t confirmed whether the tier will come to all countries and territories where Netflix is present.

If anything, Netflix isn’t alone or the first in adding an ad-supported subscription tier. Hulu, for example, already offers such a tier. Hulu’s partner streaming platform, Disney+, is also considering adding a similar tier later this year.

Besides adding the ad-supported tier, Netflix is also pumping up its presence in the gaming world. They are also considering another payment system meant for users who share their passwords to non-subscribers.

SEE ALSO: Netflix is losing a lot of long-term subscribers

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ROG Phone 6 shows off its design ahead of launch

Featuring a second screen

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ROG Phone 5s

In a few weeks, ASUS is unveiling the ROG Phone 6. The next generation of gaming smartphone promises stellar performance packed inside a sharp design. Naturally, the power inside the phone isn’t a gigantic surprise, given what’s already out in the market today. However, figuring out what it will look like is always a treat. Now, a short time before the official launch, the ROG Phone 6 makes a small debut elsewhere, revealing the phone’s drip.

Recently, the phone popped up on TENAA. As with most filings, the entry comes with a set of photos that reveal both the front and the rear of the coming device. While the new device does share some similarities with its past siblings, the ROG Phone 6 has its own unique appeal.

Like the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate, the new phone will have a secondary screen on its rear. However, while the former looks sleek and smooth, the latter has a more industrial charm, paired with a larger camera island. It looks like something from Guardians of the Galaxy, as opposed to the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate’s Iron-Man glam. That said, the new phone still looks interesting.

In terms of hardware, the phone is expected to launch with the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, 16GB of RAM, and 6000mAh of battery life. ASUS is launching the phone on July 5.

SEE ALSO: ROG Phone 6 will launch in July

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Xiaomi Smart Band 7 now official

Step up your game

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Xiaomi Band 7

The new Xiaomi Smart Band 7 will be available in Singapore and the Philippines over the weekend.

You will get what is expected from an entry-level wearable as the Smart Band 7 features a 1.62-inch AMOLED high-resolution display, all-day heart rate, SPO2, and sleep monitoring, as well as over 110 workout and sports modes.

For those who want to check their health stats constantly, there is an Always-on display option.

The smart band also comes with an all-new VO2 max professional workout analysis for health and fitness junkies to be able to check the maximum amount of oxygen they can utilize during exercise.

Design-wise, it comes with multiple color options for its straps and over 100 watch faces available via the Mi Fitness app.

It also boasts up to a 14-day battery life on a single full charge, and is water-resistant.

Pricing, availability

The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 will be available for sale in Singapore starting on June 25, 2022 through the following outlets:

  • Leading e-commerce platforms
  • Shopee and Lazada
  • Xiaomi authorized stores

It will retail for an early bird price of SG$ 54, a considerable discount from its recommended retail price of SG$ 69.

In the Philippines, the smart band can be purchased starting on June 27, 2022 on Shopee
at an early bird price of PhP 1,999 (from PhP 2,399) which includes one free strap worth PhP 359.

 

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