As the iPhone announcement keynote approaches, Mark Gurman continues to unveil some possible new features for future Apple smartphones. They could thus switch to the eSIM and be marketed from September 16.
A few days or even hours before the announcements of the new iPhone 14, Mark Gurman got back to his great work: unveiling all the new features before Apple had time to do so.
In his latest newsletter, the journalist from Bloomberg takes stock of what he knows and has learned recently from his sources. We thus discover that the Cupertino giant is reportedly considering or has considered launching some of its 2022 smartphones without a SIM card slot.
The eSIM at the top?
“Apple will push eSIM more this time around as carriers prepare to encourage users to go paperless with on-board SIM cards rather than physical ones”writes Mark Gurman.
For several years, there have been regular rumors that Apple is preparing to switch its devices to eSIMs. Its iPhones are already compatible with this chip dematerialization technology which has been used to identify telephones on operator networks for a long time. However, not all operators around the world offer access to this technology yet. Apple must therefore be careful in its decision.
According to Mark Gurman, SIM card slot might be removed on some iPhone 14 models onlyalthough Apple could also decide to postpone this switch to next year and the iPhone 15s.
Removing the sled to place a SIM card would allow strengthen the waterproofness of the iPhone and save some space to add other components or improve existing ones, perhaps.
Some mini design novelties
In addition, Mark Gurman gave an update on some of the new features and expected developments that he has already had the opportunity to talk about lately. He thus recalls that the iPhone 14 Pro could see some slight design changes.
They could be very slightly wider and show thinner borders. A good thing, because even with an edge-to-edge design, the iPhone panels occupy a little less space on the front than their Android competitors so far. In addition, the iPhone 14 Pro could carry a larger battery, for even more incredible autonomy?
Finally, the notch could be reduced for the second consecutive year. The area that integrates the front camera and the sensors for Face ID could therefore be smaller. Apple would have chosen to leave only two punches surrounded by the screen and the display. However, to avoid a somewhat bizarre rendering when surfing on a site, for example, the pixels between the two perforations in the slab could be turned off to form a single black dragee at the top of the screen. Apple could use some of the pixels to indicate when the camera is active. Note that for the first time in iPhone history, front camera could feature autofocus technology.
Since we’re talking about cameras, the photo block on the back of the iPhone 14 could be bigger still only on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. This would be linked to the arrival of the 48 Mpix sensor for the wide-angle. Mark Gurman also thinks Apple will improve the video score – which iPhones still lead – and low-light photography.
The journalist from Bloomberg believes that with a presentation on September 7, iPhones could be on the market as early as Friday the 16th. Earlier than usual, but this would however correspond to the usual delay between the presentation of an iPhone and its launch.
A Watch to compete with Garmin
In addition to the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro, Apple should also take advantage of this conference to introduce new Watch, including one intended to take on Garmin’s high-end models. This involves major changes in software and hardware (screen size, ergonomic changes for interaction and autonomy), but could be very interesting to observe. This would indeed be a completely new positioning for this unique model.
Finally, Apple could update its AirPods Prowhich have not been renewed since October 2019. If their noise reduction technology is still good, it could improve to stand out more from the competition, but it is also and above all on the autonomy side that headphones true-wireless Apple would have progress to make now.
It will be necessary to wait for the keynote next Wednesday to be fixed. You can follow it live on 01net.com. We will be in Cupertino to bring these announcements to life and then present the products to you.