The iPhone 14 might be the least significant change that Apple has introduced in a long time; however, the iPhone 14 Pro Max (and Pro) might be the most significant, as rumors suggest that the Pro versions will be receiving a significant makeover.
The essentials are as follows: on September 13, we anticipate seeing the debut of four new iPhones (assuming our analysis of the iPhone release date is accurate), and among those, there won’t be an iPhone 14 mini because it will be replaced with the iPhone 14 Max.
That means the launch is less than a month away, and as a result, the leaks that are starting to appear are significantly more believable than they were in the past. Speculation and probable course corrections from Apple have been replaced by rather substantial proof for what is to come.
We have not only spent the past year dissecting, learning, and analyzing all of the latest leaks regarding the iPhone 14 – from the release date to the prospective price, to the likely specifications – but we have also been doing this since the very first iPhone emerged in 2007, so we are pretty tuned in to what Apple is likely to launch. This means that we are pretty tuned in to what Apple is likely to launch.
In the weeks leading up to the launch of the iPhone at the next Apple event, which we anticipate will take place in the middle of September, our convenient guide will be updated multiple times per week. If you’re interested in finding out what’s on the horizon and whether or not you should get excited about the upcoming upgrades from Apple, be sure to bookmark it right away.
iPhone 14: what you need to know
Date of release for the iPhone 14: Although there are no speculations regarding a release date as of yet, we have information regarding the debut event, which may take place on September 13. You can anticipate a release around one week following the debut.
Price of the iPhone 14: As a point of reference, the starting price of the iPhone 13 was $799 (£779; AU$1,349), and rumors strongly predict no price increase for the iPhone 14, but prices for the Pro variants will rise.
Design: the iPhone 14 will undoubtedly have a design that is very similar to that of the iPhone 13, however, it appears that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will have a camera that is housed in a punch hole rather than a notch. There is a high possibility that instead of an iPhone 14 small, Apple may instead release an iPhone 14, Max, with a larger display.
Display: The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro are slated to have OLED panels of 6.1 inches (or 6.06 inches) with a resolution of 1170 by 2532 pixels, while the iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max may have 6.7 inches (or 6.68 inches) with a resolution of 1284 by 2778 pixels. The Pro models will have a refresh rate of 120Hz, while the other variants will only have a refresh rate of 60Hz.
It appears that both the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max will have main cameras with a resolution of 48 megapixels (up from 12MP on the current models). It is possible that the iPhone 14 may include a camera with three lenses on all models except the basic model, which will instead have two lenses on the back. However, the iPhone 14 Max may also include this feature.
The A15 chipset is expected to be included in this year’s model of the iPhone 14, however, there is a possibility that it may be rebadged as the A16 with a very little update. According to the speculations, all of the phones will feature 6 gigabytes of storage space, but the memory in the Pro range will be speedier and more modern.
Battery: There are rumors that the phone’s battery capacity could rise, which would result in the phone becoming thicker so that it could accommodate the larger battery. There has been a leak that details probable individual capacities, and with the exception of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, all of them are growing.
IPHONE 14 RELEASE DATE
Even before the iPhone 14 release date rumors started rolling out, we were able to take a very good guess at this, as Apple has a tendency to announce new models around the same time each year, typically at a special event. This allowed us to determine the release date of the iPhone 14 very accurately.
The iPhone 13 was first shown to the public on September 14, 2021, and it became available for purchase on September 24. Even though it is highly unlikely that Apple would sell the iPhone 14 on those specific dates in 2022, we are projecting that the debut date for the new iPhones will be September 13, and the release date for the phones will be September 23.
Trial production is said to have begun (as of late February), and the engineering validation stage is said to have been entered (as of late March), both of which are on schedule. The rumors of delays appear to have subsided for the time being, despite the fact that production appeared to be on schedule for a considerable amount of time.
And despite the fact that we’ve heard that lockdowns in China have slowed things down, it appears like the majority of models are on track, despite the fact that at least one model in the iPhone 14 range — believed to be the iPhone 14 Max — is supposedly three weeks behind schedule.
Ming-Chi Kuo, a reputable analyst, claimed that the situation was under control as of May, but in July we’re hearing from another source that Apple is still “way behind” on panel production for the iPhone 14 Max, so things aren’t looking good for that model. Apple is reportedly trying to speed things up, and Ming-Chi Kuo, also a reputable analyst, claimed that the situation was under control as of May.
iPhone 14 PRICE
One of the iPhone 14 price leaks we’ve heard about includes information on all four members of the new range, including a Max but excluding a Mini.
It has been reported that the base model of the new iPhone would be priced at $799, which is in line with the starting price of the iPhone 13, which is $799 (or £779, or AU$1,349) The iPhone 14 Max will reportedly cost $100 more than the base model. We have additionally learned from other sources that the beginning price of the iPhone 14 will be comparable to that of the iPhone 13.
According to rumors, the initial price of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will be $1,099 and $1,199, respectively. This would indicate that the beginning price of each device’s predecessor would be increased by $100.
IPHONE 14 DESIGN
One major leak, which contains unofficial renders of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, is the source of the most significant new information regarding the design of the iPhone 14. You can see one of these devices down below; instead of a notch, it has a camera that is housed in a punch-hole, and the components of Face ID are probably located underneath the screen.
Additionally, it does not truly have a camera hump, as the lenses rest practically flat on the back of the device. This is a feature that is reportedly accomplished by increasing the thickness of the phone.
It appears to have titanium sides, as opposed to the stainless steel sides found on the iPhone 13 Pro Max, the back is made of glass that has a semi-glossy finish, and the volume buttons are shown to be circular. You can also see that the camera has three lenses and that there is still a Lightning port on the device.
It is important to note that this design is believed to only apply to the Pro versions and that the iPhone 14 (and iPhone 14 Max, if there is one) is expected to still feature a notch. The colors displayed below are not official, but the source claims to have seen a rose gold model. At the moment, it is unclear which of the other design aspects presented here, if any of them at all, could end up in the standard models.
We would, of course, take this with a large grain of salt, especially given that it comes from Jon Prosser, who has a spotty track record, and given that another source has indicated that the iPhone 14 Pro range will still feature a notch (although a smaller one), potentially in addition to a punch-hole.
But Prosser is often right, and two leakers with good track histories for Apple information, namely Mark Gurman and Ming-Chi Kuo, have since indicated that the notch will be replaced with a punch-hole camera, as has The Elec more recently. Prosser has also been proven correct on numerous occasions.
Another leaker has jumped into state the same thing, though they claim that the camera cut-out will be in the shape of a pill, which indicates that it may be larger than the majority of punch-hole cameras.
A supply-chain expert in the field of smartphone screens by the name of Ross Young has stated that he expects the business would adopt a “hole + pill” design for the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. This will result in a cutout in the shape of a pill, in addition to a smaller hole that will still be visible. This notion is supported by a schematic cut-out that was discovered to be stolen.
There are now more sources that are in agreement with this, and CAD renders that have been leaked and can be seen below show this design as well, however, they do not show the alterations to the rear camera that can be seen further up.
According to schematics that have been leaked, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max might possibly have a camera bump that is marginally larger than the one on the iPhone 13 Pro range. According to reports, this is because of the utilization of a brand new 48-megapixel sensor (more on which further down).
Having said all of that, Gurman has stated that the iPhone 14 series will contain “a hole-punch-sized notch.” It is not entirely apparent from what he said whether he means a minor notch or a genuine punch-hole, so there is still some mystery about the design.
We have also heard from other sources that the frame of the Pro models may be constructed using a titanium alloy. This source also states that there will be an iPhone 14 Max rather than an iPhone 14 small and that the materials used in this would likely be more durable than those used in the devices that are now available.
IPHONE 14 DISPLAY
According to the reliable leaker Ming-Chi Kuo, there will be four different iPhone 14 models: two with 6.1-inch displays (a basic model and a Pro variant), and two with 6.7-inch displays (a Pro Max and a Max).
Additionally, Ross Young has provided us with additional information regarding the screen specs (another leaker with a good track record). Young asserts that the iPhone 14 will have a screen measuring 6.06 inches with a resolution of 1170 by 2532 pixels, a refresh rate of 60 hertz, and 460 pixels per inch. It appears that the screen specifications of the iPhone 14 Pro will be comparable, but it will have a variable refresh rate of 120Hz.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max is believed to have a screen that is 6.68 inches in size, has a resolution of 1284 by 2778, a refresh rate of 120 hertz, and 458 pixels per inch. There will reportedly also be an iPhone 14 Max (which will take the place of the small), which will have very much the same screen specifications as the mini but will have a refresh rate of 60Hz.
According to information provided by a second source, both of the more affordable versions will continue to feature screens that operate at 60 hertz, much like the rest of the products in this range. Having said that, we’ve heard that Apple is investigating a 120Hz screen for the iPhone 14 Max, but the results of that decision haven’t leaked as of yet. The iPhone 14 Max is expected to be released later this year.
This image of four cases shows off the varying sizes of each iPhone 14 model, and it is now apparent that there will be two smaller handsets and two larger handsets, but there will not be a little model. The image was leaked online, and it can be found here.
There is also a patent pending for a method that might make the screen of the iPhone stronger without adding any more thickness to the device. That would be a good feature, but patents don’t always convert into anything, so you shouldn’t depend on seeing this anytime soon.
IPHONE 14 CAMERA
Regarding the camera, the aforementioned unofficial renders depict the iPhone 14 Pro Max with a triple-lens camera, while another source indicates that this phone, along with the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Max, will include a triple-lens camera. In the meanwhile, it appears that the iPhone 14 will continue to use two lenses.
In light of this, it does not appear that there will be a significant departure from the iPhone 13 range, although the technical specifications of the lenses and sensors may very well be different.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst who has a strong track record for providing accurate information about Apple products, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will each have a main camera with 48 megapixels, up from 12 megapixels on the models that are now available.
It would appear that this would be able to record video in an 8K resolution, and as he has stated this capability more recently, as well as stated it again in December 2021, he appears to be extremely confident in this claim.
In addition, a second analyst has concurred with Kuo’s assertion, stating that they anticipate both of the Pro models to sport 48MP cameras when they are released in 2022. Although this does not constitute confirmation, it does provide support to Kuo’s initial allegation.
In addition to this, there are whispers of a periscope camera being developed (with the capability of long-range optical zoom), and we’ve even seen a patent that appears to back up these claims. However, the vast majority of reports indicate that this will not be available for some time in the future, most likely not until the iPhone 15 or later.
The front-facing camera is another potential area for development for Apple’s iPhone 14, as many rumors point to the possibility of a focusing feature being added to the device. We have also heard that the lens may have additional elements, in addition to perhaps having a different aperture.
IPHONE 14 SPECS AND FEATURES
The A16 or the A16 Bionic will most likely be the name given to the new processor that will be included in the iPhone 14 family of devices. This is one thing about which we are nearly positive. According to Ross Young, this would be manufactured using a 4nm technique, which means that it might be a reasonable boost on the 5nm A15 Bionic that is present in the iPhone 13 series.
According to DigiTimes (via MacRumors; link opens in a new tab), the technology might even be able to be scaled all the way down to 3 nanometers.
Having said that, we have only lately learned that a 5nm process could be used once again, as TSMC, the company that is building the chipset, is supposedly struggling to move to a 3nm (or 4nm) process. This is according to the most current information that we have received. This is something that we have now heard on a number of occasions.
We have also heard that this chipset might only be available for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, with the A15 Bionic remaining as the sole option for the more affordable devices. According to the same source, you should anticipate each model to have 6 GB of RAM.
This gap in chipsets has now been reported by many sources, with one of these sources explaining that this could be because Apple is so focused on developing new Mac chipsets that the company’s iPhone chip development has taken a back seat.
Regarding the amount of random access memory (RAM), the most credible report is that each model would feature 6GB of RAM. This would be an improvement for the less expensive models, but it would not apply to the Pro handsets.
Then then, even if every model does receive 6GB, the Pro models could still get an upgrade, as one leak suggests that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will get quicker and more energy-efficient LPDDR5 RAM. This could be a possibility even if every model does get 6GB.
On the subject of storage, the Pro models of the iPhone 13 boosted the maximum amount of internal storage that you could buy from 512 megabytes to one terabyte, and we’ve heard that the Pro models of the iPhone 14 might double that number once more – all the way up to two terabytes.
In addition to that, there are some rumors that the iPhone 14 will have an under-display version of Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner. However, a well-respected Apple leaker by the name of Mark Gurman has stated that while Apple may have tested this in the past, the company has since shifted its focus to Face ID, so it appears that this feature will probably not be implemented. If it is implemented, it is more likely to be in addition to Face ID rather than in place of it.
It has been reported by a second source that the under-display Touch ID feature would not be implemented, therefore the likelihood of this happening is quite low.
The Lightning port could be replaced by a USB-C port, however, this feature is also just a rumor at this point. It has been said that Apple is thinking about implementing this feature into the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max, but since there is currently just one source that has pointed in this direction, we are skeptical.
It is certain that the iPhone 14 series will contain compatibility for 5G, and a patent implies that it may also have a new version of 3D Touch that would employ haptic feedback to make interactions more natural. This would be a game-changer for the iPhone series. On the other hand, just like with any other patent, we wouldn’t put much stock in anything coming out of this one.
There is also speculation that Apple may replace the traditional SIM card with an electronic SIM that would be permanently embedded in the device and would be impossible to remove.
This feature is already available on the iPhone 13 series, but it is in addition to a physical one and not in instead of it. However, if Apple decides to only support eSIMs with any of the iPhone 14 variants, the company will almost certainly continue to make models that are compatible with both types of SIMs.
Since it has been stated more than once that some models will only support eSIM, there is a good possibility that this will actually take place.
IPHONE 14 BATTERY
One source claims that the battery will be larger in the following models of the iPhone, while another source claims that the phones will be thicker, which might make room for a larger battery. It sounds like there could be improvements made to the iPhone 14’s battery in the future.
A leaker has said that the iPhone 14 may have a battery with a capacity of 3,279mAh, the iPhone 14 Pro may have a battery with a capacity of 3,200mAh, the iPhone 14 Max may have a battery with a capacity of 4,325mAh, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max may have a battery with a capacity of 4,323mAh.
Those would all be advancements, with the exception of the Pro Max, which would represent a modest step backward; however, we should take this rumor with a grain of salt because its purported source has expressed skepticism about its veracity.
Based on one patent, it is possible that you will be using a MagSafe charger rather than the Lightning connector when it comes time to charge your device. On the other hand, early images that are not official suggest that the Lightning port will be present.
One of the most important upgrades that we anticipate is a 30W charging capability. This would allow you to throw your new iPhone onto a fast charger and have it fully charged in a much shorter amount of time than ever before. Apple has lagged behind competitors in this area, and they have gained an advantage.
It would come as a surprise to us if Apple did away with the Lightning port on the iPhone 14, but a recent proposal from the EU could suggest that the port’s time is running up.
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