I’d even compromise with a simple punch-hole solution, filling the front with the display but just popping a couple of small, less obtrusive holes for the cameras to peep through. iPhone 14 Might Kill the Notch, but Only for the Pro. Speaking of things hidden in the screen, let’s pop a fingerprint scanner under there too. Apple’s Face ID works well for the most part, or at least it did before the pandemic hit. Wearing masks in public is a much more common occurrence than it was prior to the pandemic, and before the release of iOS 15.4 in March, face unlock simply didn’t work without also pairing up with an Apple Watch. Although you can now unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask thanks to the latest iOS update, I think Apple should still bring back fingerprint scanning.
The highlight. It must be removed. Yes, it fulfilled its job, containing the front-facing camera and numerous scanners that allow you to unlock your phone just by glancing at it. And, while the notch on the iPhone 13 has shrunk marginally, it still takes up a significant portion of the screen. So it’s time for a better solution that will allow that screen to shine. Perhaps Apple might master under-display cameras that are there but largely unnoticed. That has already been demonstrated on phones from ZTE and Vivo, but the technology is far from flawless. Then there are the strange pop-up selfie cameras featured on some Oppo phones, which spring out from the top edge, leaving the display intact.
The main thing I want here is a bigger zoom. Yes, Apple upped the zoom level to 3x with the iPhone 13 Pro, but that still pales against the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra’s whopping 10x zoom. Zoom lenses are superb tools for finding interesting compositions in your environment, for getting up close on those details that would simply be lost if you took your shot with a wide angle lens. Even the 4x zoom on Google’s new Pixel 6 Pro was enough of a jump to allow for more telephoto-style images.
In-screen scanning technology is common now, with affordable phones from OnePlus invisibly hiding scanners into the display of their phones and I find that they work pretty much as well as physical scanners that were once on the back or side of the phone. It’s not a step backward to put this technology in — it would simply be acknowledging that maybe the world needs a different solution to what we had before — which can be said of so many things. The iPhone 13 Pro camera is superb, taking beautiful images in the daylight and capturing bright, sharp shots in the middle of the night. It’s one of the best cameras you can find on a phone, but I’m a photographer, so naturally I’m going to demand more.
Apple has adopted USB-C for almost all of its products now from the iPads to the MacBooks to the AirPods. The iPhone still uses Apple’s legacy Lightning port, which makes it the only device on my desk I need to find a different cable for when I want to charge it. All my Android review phones, my tablets and even my mouse and keyboard plug into my USB-C power cables and the iPhone feels somewhat outdated as a result.
Captured with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, which also has a 10x zoom, it’s clear to see how much benefit there can be from having a longer zoom option. improvements in quality. So let’s also slap an even bigger image sensor in there — maybe a 1-inch size as we’ve seen on Sony’s recent Xperia Pro I, or hell, let’s go APS-C or full frame, if we’re dreaming. The bigger the sensor, the better the overall image quality and with each generation of camera upgrade we’ve had, the less I need to take my camera out with me.