So how can Apple make the iPhone 14 the undisputed king of smartphones? What can the manufacturer add to the iPhone 13 to really make it the ultimate iPhone?
Well, that’s what we set out to find out. Here’s our iPhone 14 wishlist – five key things Tim Cook would like to announce in 11 months.
1. Bring the Touch ID back
Face ID works great … when your face isn’t covered by a mask. Unfortunately, wearing masks is on the rise in 2020 and 2021 for perfectly reasonable but depressing reasons, and Apple suddenly feels a bit short-sighted about giving up on its fingerprint sensor.
In 2022, we’d love to see the iPhone 14 bring back Touch ID. We’re talking about an under-screen sensor, but it doesn’t have to be that nifty if it’s just a backup for Face ID. Something embedded in the power button like the iPad Air and iPad mini would be fine with us.
2. Goodbye notch
The notch has been part of Apple’s flagship handset look since the 2017 iPhone X, and while it was trimmed down on the iPhone 13, it’s still a thorn in the side.
It’s unfortunately a necessary eyesore on the complex technology that makes Face ID work. But it looks like Apple managed to miniaturize it, and Early leaks suggest the iPhone 14 might give up the notch once and for all. At least for the Pro model.
3. Faster loading
One area that Apple is seriously lagging behind is in loading speed. The iPhone 13 officially supports charging up to 20W when wired. Although unofficially the iPhone 13 Pro Max goes as high as 27W, that is still sluggish compared to the market leaders. the OnePlus 9, charges with 65 W, for example, and even includes a charger in the box.
4. USB-C, please
Funnily enough, one of the big blocks to getting faster is Apple’s insistence on sticking with its proprietary Lightning cable.
We hope, however, that this doesn’t last forever, and the EU Commission may at some point ensure that insist that all companies adopt USB-C. Hopefully Apple won’t resist too much as the company is already leveraging connectivity on its most recent iPad devices.
5. Apple Pencil support
That’s getting into ridiculously optimistic territory right now, but we’d really love to see the iPhone support the Apple Pencil – something Steve Jobs is known to have been disfellowshipped during his lifetime.
But that was before the pencil even existed, and when it did Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra can support the S Pen, then Apple Apple Pencil owners could certainly give them the opportunity to scribble on the smaller screen?