Faster data transfer speeds and universal cable compatibility are just two things on the horizon for the next generation iPhone coming later this year. Apple is all but confirmed to bring USB-C to the iPhone 15 Pro lineup this fall. For the first time since its introduction in 2012, the proprietary Lightning connector is to be phased out. At least part of the reason for a switch away from Lightning are new EU regulations mandating that all electronic devices support USB-C for universal compatibility. The move also reduces the number of cables, chargers, and adapters needed by consumers.
The so-called holy grail of smartphone design could be open step closer if supply chain reports are to be believed. The latest rumors point to Apple working on a seamless iPhone display. While the iPhone 14 Pro recently introduced the Dynamic Island thanks to a unique notch and pill design, an all-screen display would move Face ID components behind the image completely.
As Apple's September launch event quickly approaches, the company is expected to make changes to the next generation iPhone lineup. iOS 16 beta 6 has been released, bringing the latest software version to beta testers everywhere. As the finishing touches are placed on iOS 16, reports show the iPhone 14 hardware coming into focus. 2022 may offer two iPhone 14 models alongside two versions of the higher-end iPhone 14 Pro.
Apple looks poised to place the letter "i" on the front of the next generation iPhone, if reports are true. The iPhone 14 may shed its famous notch at the top of the screen for a different configuration of sensor cutouts. The so-called "hole-punch and pill" design has been leaked through purported schematics (above) and a photo of a screen component from behind. Rumors indicate Apple is moving away from a full notch design but still needs to accommodate a long list of sensors in front of the iPhone 14.
The Oculus Quest 2 (pictured above) may have some serious competition from Apple starting next year. Apple plans to launch a combined augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) stand-alone headset. The company is likely to reveal the new hardware at WWDC over the summer, giving developers time to create apps. Apple is expected to produce a lightweight, sleek design with swappable headbands.