By: William Sikkens
Host, User Friendly 2.0 Saturday’s at 5:00 p.m.


Right now might be the worst time to buy a new iPhone.

September is just around the corner and this is usually when Apple announces their new products.  The rumor is that they will be announcing the iPhone 14 this year.

There have been some exceptions.  The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro launched in October 2020, while the 12 Mini and 12 Pro Max became available in November that same year. The iPhone X also launched in November 2017.

What to expect from the iPhone 14?

Right now everything is rumors.  We will cover this in depth when we get the specifics.  Here are some of the new expected features:

A 48 Megapixel camera.    Hopefully this will also include additional memory.  At its high point (8 bit mode) a 48 Megapixel picture can be as large as 150MB or more.

An “always on” display.   This has been an option on Android for a while.  This type of display is active whenever the device is turned on.  Usually, it will display things like the time and weather and can be customized for other information.

A bigger screen.  Rumor has it that there may be a larger standard iPhone 14.  The exact size?  We don’t know yet.

Visual Lookup.  This feature is interesting and has been available on Android for a while.  The phone can “look” at something and be able to identify it.  For example, one photographs a plant with their cell phone camera and then requests a look up by the Google Lens app.  The result is a series of similar photos with links to data about the item in the picture.  This would potentially work like an augmented reality function similar to the Google Lens app described.

Even if you don’t need the newest technology, the older versions are usually discounted after this point in the sale’s year.  So if you can wait a few weeks to buy your new iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro.  And if you would like the newest, check on the 14!

William (Bill) Sikkens has been an on-air technology expert since 2014. With an expertise in I.T., cyber security and software design he has had more than 20 years’ experience with advanced technology. Sikkens conceptualizes and designs custom applications for many professional industries from health care to banking and has the ability to explain the details in a way all can understand.  Article edited by Gretchen Winkler, who along with Jeremy Winkler are the co-hosts of User Friendly 2.0 here on The Answer Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.

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