Better moon shots than ever: Improved iPhone 14 camera system joins list of potential hints found in Apple Far Out event invitation
Apple has now sent out its Far Out event invitations, updated its event details page, created a YouTube live channel, and it even has a fancy Twitter hashflag in the form of a starry apple. Everything is ready for the likely iPhone 14 launch event, which will begin on September 7 at 10 am PT (1 pm ET, 6 pm BST, 7 pm CEST, 3 am (Sep 8) AEST). Unless Apple has completely bamboozled all leakers, tipsters, and analysts, then we are likely to see the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, and the Apple Watch Series 8, with maybe some AirPods and iPads thrown into the mix, too.
Of course, internet sleuths have been “decoding” the imagery and words found on the Apple event invitation (see image below) in the hope of deciphering any hidden meanings. While it is possible it’s just an attractive design, there have been some believable guesses at what the design may be hinting at that have a good chance of being accurate. Seemingly leading the way in regard to explanations is astrophotography and the improved camera equipment that feature would entail. There are already rumors that Apple will boost the iPhone’s main sensor from 12 MP to 48 MP for the iPhone 14 series, and if you mix in better low-light performance capabilities, then future iPhone 14 owners will have the best smartphone-taken moon photos around.
In addition, even the event name of “Far Out” hints at better astrophotography, as does the starry design on a night-time background. A periscope lens for the iPhone has been hinted at but seems more likely for Apple’s 2023 offering. The next popular guess after enhanced moon shot ability is satellite connectivity. This has also been previously associated with the iPhone 13 range, and if it comes with the Apple iPhone 14 devices it would allow owners to utilize satellites in times of emergency and when out of mast range. Then there is the expected always-on display feature, as some have argued that the Far Out event image shows a mostly dark background, akin to a smartphone display that is not in use, but there is still something shown on the screen, which in this case is the starry apple.
The fact is, it’s possible this particular design has been chosen as it suggests all of these above things, combining three major changes into one big clue for fans to pick apart. Fortunately, there have been some appropriately “far out” suggestions too, including something to do with VR or AR, the addition of fancy new wallpapers, and iPhone-to-iPhone zoom remote connection with other devices for taking even better distance shots that you can then save to the recents album. However, one commenter has joked that the Apple iPhone 14 might even come with a miniature James Webb telescope built into it, which would certainly take the best moon shots ever - but this implementation would sadly be reserved for the Pro models only.