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iPhone 14 Pro, Pro Max May Get Bigger Bump For 48MP Camera System

It appears the next iPhone will actually get a bigger rear bump.

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A bumpier iPhone Pro and Pro Max?Sarah Tew/CNET

You may be able to forget talk about Apple bumping the rear-camera bump from the iPhone 14. The Pro and Pro Max models of the next-generation iPhone will actually expand the bump, says Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The reason, he says, is to accommodate a wider camera with a 48PM camera system, a health bump from the 12MP on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, Kuo tweeted Sunday. That will result in the diagonal length of the camera bump increasing by about 33%, while its height will increase by about 10%, he said.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=stevenmusil&dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&features=eyJ0ZndfZXhwZXJpbWVudHNfY29va2llX2V4cGlyYXRpb24iOnsiYnVja2V0IjoxMjA5NjAwLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X2hvcml6b25fdHdlZXRfZW1iZWRfOTU1NSI6eyJidWNrZXQiOiJodGUiLCJ2ZXJzaW9uIjpudWxsfSwidGZ3X3NrZWxldG9uX2xvYWRpbmdfMTMzOTgiOnsiYnVja2V0IjoiY3RhIiwidmVyc2lvbiI6bnVsbH0sInRmd19zcGFjZV9jYXJkIjp7ImJ1Y2tldCI6Im9mZiIsInZlcnNpb24iOm51bGx9fQ%3D%3D&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1508106065451581450&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnet.com%2Ftech%2Fmobile%2Fiphone-14-pro-pro-max-may-get-bigger-bump-for-48mp-camera-system%2F&sessionId=6f7250f04e6bc48649b9e7897f2222058ec456d8&siteScreenName=CNET&theme=light&widgetsVersion=2582c61%3A1645036219416&width=550px

Kuo’s prediction with earlier predictions that the bump would a redesign for the forthcoming flagship phones would remove the chunky camera bump, which houses two or three lenses depending on the model in the iPhone 13. Leaker Jon Prosser, who has a hit-and-miss accuracy record, has predicted that iPhone 14 would eliminate the bump entirely, which could mean a thicker chassis for camera components.

Other iPhone 14 rumors have also suggested Apple trade out the front notch on the Pro models for a smaller hole-punch camera — a display with only a small circular cutout for the front camera. Another hypothesizes that the Pro and Pro Max will have a hole and pill-shaped cutout to accommodate the front-facing camera and Face ID.

Apple is expected to hold its annual fall iPhone event in September, as it does almost every year, with the phones being released shortly thereafter.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Apple Will Reportedly Dump Mini Version for iPhone 14 Lineup

Forthcoming lineup will focus solely on 6.1- and 6.7-inch versions, 9to5Mac reports.

iPhone 13 Mini
Bye-bye, iPhone Mini?Sarah Tew/CNET

The Mini’s time in the iPhone lineup may be done. While Apple did unveil an iPhone 13 Mini in September, the company has no plans to include the smaller version of the phone in its iPhone 14 lineup, according to a 9to5Mac report on Monday.

Sources tell the site that the lineup for the as-yet-unannounced handset will include four models, available in 6.1- and 6.7-inch versions, but it won’t come in a 5.4-inch version.

Reports suggest that the iPhone 12 Mini didn’t sell well, and more recent rumors indicate that Apple may cut the Mini from 2022’s iPhone 14 lineup. Priced at $729 when it debuted in 2020, it was hardly a budget phone, and after years of embracing larger phones, the value of a smaller iPhone didn’t feel as relevant as Apple may have hoped. 

The iPhone 14 lineup will be divided into two tiers when it comes to processors, with two models using the A15 chip and the other two using a new chip, 9to5Mac reported. This seems to mirror a prediction that Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo made Sunday that the upper tier of the iPhone 14 lineup would be powered by a new A16 chip.

And we may finally see the much-rumored satellite communication connectivity in the iPhone 14. While the feature was expected to debut last year in the iPhone 13, 9to5Mac reports that Apple is working on enabling users to make calls and send texts in areas without cellular coverage.

Apple is expected to hold its annual fall iPhone event in September, as it does almost every year, with the phones being released shortly thereafter.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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