The iPhone 14 Pro from Apple is going to be the phone that can shake up the iPhone lineup by introducing a design that is significantly different from the design of the iPhone 13 Pro. The iPhone 14 launch is typically scheduled for September, and up to this point, speculations about the device have speculated about a wide range of features, including the elimination of the notch and the addition of an always-on display.
It would appear that Apple will need to bring its A-game to the iPhone 14 Pro to compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and the Google Pixel 7. Both of these smartphones are expected to be released later this year. And it appears that Apple is doing exactly that, with a speculated new 48MP main camera and a powerful new A16 Bionic chip that the standard iPhone 14 may not get. Both of these features have been said to be coming to the iPhone 14.
The differences between the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Pro could be the most significant ones we’ve seen between the two iPhone lineups in the past year. Here is what we currently know about the iPhone 14 Pro, as well as what we anticipate seeing from it.
The most recent iPhone 14 Pro rumors (Updated August 12)
- According to a recent source, Apple has plans to order 90 million iPhone 14 units for launch, which is a number that is relatively large considering the current economy.
- The iPhone 14 Pro is rumored to be getting a price increase of $100, but as a result, it might offer greater storage space at the base level.
- One leaker has said that the iPhone 14 Pro would be revealed on September 6, and it has been rumored that filming for the Apple Event has already begun. This might mean that the announcement will occur sooner than planned.
- Several leaks concerning the iPhone 14 have revealed new details regarding the colors available for the iPhone 14 Pro and the always-on display. It is also possible that charging rates will improve to 30W.
Date of release rumored for the iPhone 14 Pro
According to all of the rumors that have surfaced up until this point, we believe that the debut date for the iPhone 14 series will be September 13. The fact that filming for the introduction of the iPhone 14 is reportedly already underway as of the beginning of August lends credence to this claim.
The fact that one leaker has claimed that the debut date of the iPhone 14 Pro and the rest of the phone range will be on September 6 is, however, a fly in the ointment. This means that the announcement could happen a week sooner than was originally anticipated.
It is difficult to determine how credible this information is. Since Apple typically introduces new goods during the second week of September, we believe that the release date will most likely be September 13.
Price rumors for the iPhone 14 Pro
It has been speculated that the beginning storage capacity of the iPhone 14 Pro models will be increased to 256 gigabytes from 128 gigabytes. This would result in a price rise for these models of approximately $100. As a consequence of this, the price of the iPhone 14 Pro might reach $1,099, while the price of the iPhone 14 Pro Max could reach $1,199.
If you are already turned off by that, then you should know that the price of the basic iPhone 14 is expected to remain at $799 (a claim that was also supported by a leak coming from Twitter leaker Dohyun Kim), and the price of the new iPhone 14 Max is expected to be $899.
Apple wants to order 90 million iPhone 14 devices in preparation for the launch of the device, even though the price of the iPhone is expected to climb. According to the research that was published by Bloomberg (opens in a new tab), Apple has “affluent clients” and “dwindling competition.”
When Apple releases a new iPhone, it typically signals the end of support for prior models of the iPhone. The iPhone 13 mini appears to be the model most likely to be removed from Apple’s roster of smartphones when this occurs. As a result, we have investigated which iPhone models may be phased out following the release of the iPhone 14.
iPhone 14 Pro design
A set of renders purportedly based on stolen material has been made public by an insider named Jon Prosser, and they depict significant alterations that may be made to the iPhone 14 Pro.
Renders created by Prosser show that the back of the iPhone 14 Pro incorporates not one, not two, but three cameras. If you think that sounds wonderful, you might be disappointed by some rival schematics that depict the iPhone 14 Pro models appearing very similar to their iPhone 13 counterparts.
If you think that sounds pleasant, you might be disappointed by some rival schematics. The raised camera array is returning on the iPhone 14 Pro, and it’s much bigger on this model. It’s also rumored that the new phones will be 0.2 millimeters thicker than the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
According to additional sources, the rear camera module is expected to expand in size. According to a reputable Apple analyst named Ming-Chi Kuo, the reason for this is that a larger module is required to house a 48-megapixel camera. As a consequence of this, yet another rumor suggests that Apple will be rounding off the corners of the iPhone 14 Pro (but not the Pro Max) so that it more closely resembles the curved corners of the new module.
The removal of the display notch, which has been notorious in recent years, is one of the most significant rumored design changes for the iPhone 14 Pro. Display analyst Ross Young is anticipating that Apple would provide a pill-shaped cutout for Face ID in addition to a punch hole, meaning that there will be a total of two cuts. According to speculations from EverythingApplePro, Apple has now reportedly decided to stick with this design.
These reports were given more validity with what looks to be a leaked photo from the supply chain displaying the display panels for all four versions of the iPhone 14.
The iPhone 14 mock-ups that were produced by Alibaba and shared by Macotakara provide the clearest picture we have of what the culmination of all the design changes would look like. In the case of the iPhone 14 models, you will not only notice the two cutouts on the front display, but also the larger camera module. According to Macotakara, cases designed for the iPhone 13 Pro will not be compatible with the iPhone 14 Pro due to the larger module.
In connection with cases, a purported leak of an iPhone 14 case reveals four different variants of the iPhone 14, including the normal iPhone 14, the iPhone 14 Plus/Max, the iPhone 14 Pro, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Not only is an iPhone 14 mini conspicuously absent, but it also shows how the iPhone 14 Pro will be the same size as the standard iPhone 14, which is something that we would expect given that it’s the same story as the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Pro. This is something that we’d expect given that it’s the same story for the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 13 Pro.
However, Apple plans to release a larger iPhone model in the form of the iPhone 14 Plus/Max, which will compete with the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Aside from that, the backs of all four phones appear to be designed in a manner that is going to be very similar to that of their predecessors, with the Pro models featuring a trio of rear cameras and the ordinary phones staying with two snappers.
And a whole new set of images for the iPhone 14 Pro, which is based on schematics, do a fairly nice job of showing off what the evolved design may look like if it were constructed out of metal and glass. They do not disclose any unexpected design peculiarities; rather, they provide us with a good impression of how the pill and punch-hole camera/Face ID cutouts will look, which, as it happens, are surprisingly great.
The leaker Ice Universe has provided what appears to be a screen cover for the iPhone 14 Pro. This brings us to the final point on the notch front (opens in a new tab). This gives us a better understanding of the dimensions of the pill and hole-punch cutouts that are located on the front of the packaging.
There were some early rumors that Touch ID could make a comeback as an under-display fingerprint reader. This would be a change from the previous implementation. On the other hand, the probability of this happening is still up for debate.
According to analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, it will be several more years before Apple releases an iPhone with either Touch ID or an under-display version of Face ID. This would have been somewhat disappointing considering how helpful it would have been to have an alternative to Face ID in these times when people are wearing masks.
With the release of iOS 15.4, Apple has made it possible for Face ID to identify a genuine users even while they are concealed behind an object, such as a mask. It works astonishingly well, which suggests that Apple may have circumvented the requirement for fingerprint-based authentication.
There have been reports of additional leaks concerning the color choices available for the iPhone 14 Pro. A Chinese source said that in addition to the tried-and-true Graphite, Silver, and Gold Pro iPhone hues, Apple would introduce a new choice for a dark purple variant this year. You can see that in the next set of renders down below; these are from the artist.
In May, MacRumors (opens in a new tab) provided a summary of the current status of rumors regarding the colors that will be available for the iPhone 14, with the addition of purple being the most significant change. Aside from that, the current iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 parts of the report include the colors black, white, blue, and [Product] Red as their respective color selections.
(It is important to take note that Apple has begun referring to its black and white phones, respectively, as “Midnight” and “Starlight.”) It had been decided that the pink and green hues would not be used this time.
Reported color options for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max include silver, gold, and graphite in addition to the new purple shade that is rumored to be available. The hue Sierra Blue, which has been available since the launch of the iPhone 13 Pro, as well as the Alpine Green variant, which was introduced in the spring, will both be removed from the roster.
The leaker known as @Jioriku on Twitter is the source of the most recent information regarding the colors of the iPhone 14 Pro. His posts also reveal several possible specifications for the iPhone 14. According to the source, the iPhone 14 Pro will be available in four color options: graphite, green, and purple. One of the possible colors for the iPhone 14 Pro might be either green or gold. This appears to be a toss-up at this point.
iPhone 14 Pro USB-C
Speculations are going around that says Apple may finally go the route of the USB-C port with the iPhone 14 Pro. If true, this would make sense as many of Apple’s other devices already feature USB-C connectivity. On the other hand, most recent speculations suggest that Apple will continue to support Lightning over USB-C but will move to upgraded Lightning connectors that support faster USB 3.0 data transfer. This news comes as the EU gets closer to deciding that USB-C will be the standard charging port for portable devices such as phones.
There are those individuals for whom USB-C on the iPhone 14 Pro would be a necessary feature. Because of its susceptibility to deterioration over time, the Lightning connector is widely regarded as the iPhone’s most problematic feature.
Because of this, it may become incredibly challenging to charge your phone. Given how well-established Lightning as a standard is and how well-developed its ecosystem of accessories already is, it is highly unlikely that Apple will quit Lightning until it is forced to do so.
However, Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will make the transition to USB-C for the iPhone, but not until the latter half of 2023. If what he says is true — and a fresh article published by Bloomberg shows that what he says is true — then it appears that we won’t see an official USB-C iPhone until the iPhone 15 is released.
Display and always-on display on the iPhone 14 Pro
A display with a dynamic refresh rate of 120 Hz was one of the most significant improvements that the iPhone 13 Pro brought to the table. When a faster refresh rate was required, the screen’s refresh rate could drop from 120Hz to as low as 10Hz thanks to the utilization of an LTPO panel, which allowed for a significant improvement in the amount of battery life that could be preserved.
Some reports suggest that the iPhone 14 Pro will improve upon this and scale down to as little as 1Hz, which will reduce the amount of power that is consumed by a display. Additionally, this may make it possible to employ a display that is constantly lit.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has claimed that the iPhone 14 Pro will finally get an always-on display, which has been rumored to be an upcoming feature for next-generation iPhones for a long time. Gurman claims that the display will be used to show “weather, calendars, stocks, activities, and other data” on the lock screen, with a low refresh rate helping to preserve battery life. This feature has been rumored to be coming for a long time. A feature on the iPhone 14 Pro Max called AOD has been compared by the leaker @Jioriku to the Nightstand mode on the Apple Watch.
The revamped iOS 16 lock screen that Apple previewed in June appears to set the stage for this feature. Discoveries within iOS 16 and in Apple’s Xcode developer software indicate that the entire lock screen will appear on the AOD, not just regular widgets, but in a silhouetted form to conserve power. This feature is expected to be released later this year.
In contrast, recent rumors suggest that the ordinary variants of the iPhone 14 would ship with a display that has a refresh rate of 90Hz. This would be an improvement over the 60Hz display of the iPhone 13, but it would still fall short of the Pro phones.
According to Ross Young, the screen size of the iPhone 14 Pro might expand from 6.06 inches to 6.12 inches, while the screen size of the iPhone 14 Pro Max could increase from 6.68 inches to 6.69 inches. Both of these increases are possible. It is speculated that this will be the case as a result of the new notch design and thinner bezels.
Last but not least, a rumor from The Elec says that the OLED display quality of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be improved shortly. According to the rumor, Samsung Display would deploy displays from its more mature M11 generation of OLED panels for the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max/Plus. The most recent generation of displays, known as the M12 series, will be exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Even though this might not be a major difference, it is nonetheless disappointing.
iPhone 14 Pro cameras
You shouldn’t anticipate a significant shift in the total number of cameras that will be included in the iPhone 14 Pro, as it is speculated that the Pro phones will continue to use the standard combination of a primary, ultrawide, and telephoto array. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, considering how frequently iPhones end up in our roundups of the best photography phones.
However, a recent report suggests that the iPhone 14 Pro would have a main camera with a resolution of 48 megapixels. This would mark a significant upgrade from the 12-megapixel cameras that Apple has been using for the past few years. Although computational photography developed by Cupertino is among the best available, the iPhone 14 Pro would likely benefit from having a larger megapixel count to work with if it were available; we may have reached a point in Apple’s history where the number of megapixels is once again important to the company.
However, a reliable Apple insider believes that the basic iPhone 14 models would maintain their 12 MP cameras, while the Pro models are the only ones that are slated to have a 48 MP main camera.
The ultrawide camera has not been reported to undergo any modifications; nonetheless, we would not be shocked if some effort were made to enhance the field of vision and assist in the removal of some edge distortion.
In addition, there is potential for the telephoto camera to receive an increase in its zoom, as evidenced by an Apple patent that suggests the corporation is working on a zoom camera in the shape of a periscope. If Apple were going to include such a function in an iPhone for the first time, it would be for the iPhone 14 Pro.
However, to throw a wrench in the works, Apple oracle Ming-Chi Kuo asserts that the periscope camera won’t be included in any iPhones until the iPhone 15 in the year 2023. The fact that Apple did not release a new telephoto lens this year makes it possible that the iPhone 14 Pro will be a major disappointment (opens in new tab).
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, all variants of the iPhone 14 will include a front-facing camera that has been improved. It appears that this will require a new wider aperture, a more complicated lens composed of six parts, and the introduction of autofocus for the very first time. Together, these improvements should make it possible for the selfie camera on the iPhone to capture photographs that are more evenly lit, that are simpler to take thanks to the focusing, and that are less likely to be distorted.
In addition, Kuo recently revealed that Apple has switched lens manufacturers since the previous one was experiencing quality concerns with “coating crack.” According to reports, Apple has transferred its order of 10 million devices to another supplier named Largan.
Check out our breakdown of everything that’s believed to be new with the iPhone 14 camera (opens in a new tab) for more information.
iPhone 14 Pro specs and battery life
Following in the footsteps of the A15 Bionic, we anticipate seeing an A16 Bionic chip in the iPhone 14 Pro series. Reported benchmarks indicate that this technology will offer greater performance across the board.
However, according to a collection of reports that have surfaced so far, the iPhone 14 is expected to continue using the A15 Bionic CPU. This would result in a difference in the primary specifications of each model. Apple has never done something like this before; previously, it has always improved the silicon in each new iPhone model.
That might not be such a bad thing because the A15 Bionic is still a very capable chip and can do pretty much any smartphone job with ease. Having said that, we have contemplated the potential contributions that the A16 could make to the table that would make the purchase of an iPhone 14 Pro more compelling than the purchase of a basic iPhone 14.
According to DigiTimes, the iPhone 14 Pro will be equipped with 6 gigabytes of LPDDR5 RAM, although the iPhone 14 could continue to ship with the more dated and slower LPDDR4X RAM. When it comes to mobile phone RAM, LPDDR5 is the most recent technology available, therefore it should enable the iPhone 14 Pro to run quite quickly when combined with the A16 Bionic.
Storage may be increased to 1 terabyte, although there have been no definite speculations regarding storage for the iPhone 14 Pro as of yet.
According to a source from Weibo who claims to know the battery capacities of the iPhone 14 family, it appears that all models, except the iPhone 14 Pro Max, will be receiving a very minor boost in size. The 14 Pro Max is decreasing in size, but presumably not to the extent that it will affect the overall battery life of the phone.
In our battery test, in which the phone is made to continuously refresh web pages over a cellular connection until it dies, we are optimistic that the iPhone 14 Pro will either match or exceed the performance of the iPhone 13 Pro, which achieved a time of 11 hours and 42 minutes. Because the iPhone 13 Pro Max was able to last for a lengthy 12 hours and 16 minutes, we believe that the iPhone 14 Pro Max will be able to accomplish the same or even better as Apple continues to improve the efficiency of both its chips and its phones.
Concerning 5G, we anticipate that the iPhone 14 Pro will utilize a brand-new, more compact 5G modem chip. Because of its reduced size, it should require less power to function, and there should be more space for the battery to grow if it needs to. That would indicate that the iPhone 13, which currently has an impressively long battery life, has room for further improvement.
It appears, sadly, as though Qualcomm’s latest 5G technology, the Snapdragon X70, will not be available for use in the iPhone 14 Pro. This would be a missed opportunity. The modem system should be able to employ artificial intelligence to optimize a phone’s antenna and better manage 5G beams going to and from a 5G phone with the help of the chip, which will include the first-ever 5G AI processor.
This chip will be included in the chip. AI can help control sub-6GHz 5G signals as well, but Qualcomm believes that it will be particularly valuable for mmWave-based 5G networks in large venues such as stadiums and arenas.
The iPhone 14 Pro might be able to connect to satellite networks in the future, in addition to its existing capabilities of connecting to cellular and Wi-Fi networks. The rumor of this capability first surfaced in the run-up to the launch of the iPhone 13 the year before; however, Apple was unable to implement it in time for the release of those models of the iPhone.
Reliable insiders believe that Apple may include emergency satellite communications in the iPhone 14 models. When you are in an area with poor cellular or Wi-Fi access, the concept is that you will be able to send text messages to emergency services using satellite networks to alert them to your location. These messages will be sent to the services while you are in the region.
iPhone 14 Pro outlook
The iPhone 14 Pro may be the phone that so many of us have been waiting for, as the Pro models are expected to provide a significant advancement over the iPhones that have been released in recent years. Although it won’t be utterly unrecognizably different from the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 12, we have a strong suspicion that the next iteration of the iPhone will usher in a new design language and capabilities that will pave the way for subsequent generations of the iPhone.
The absence of a notch, the implementation of an always-on display, an increase in the megapixel count of the primary camera, and possibly the addition of a USB-C connector could significantly disrupt the iPhone as we know it. And that, in turn, would have the effect of establishing the standard by which other mobile devices, such as smartphones, must operate to be considered for inclusion in our list of the best phones.