The iPhone 14 is expected to be the most significant upgrade in a decade. Here’s what we’ve learned thus far about this.
Speculation surrounding Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 is increasing, and the new devices are expected to be the most significant in years. There have been numerous rumours indicating that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will include a sleeker new design, a speedier A16 Bionic CPU, a sharper new primary camera, and maybe USB-C.
The small is expected to be killed off in favour of a new 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, which might have a significant impact on the standard iPhone 14 lineup as well. Read on to learn more about the greatest changes yet between the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Pro in our side-by-by-side comparison!
These are our expectations for the iPhone 14, what we’ve heard so far, and why we expect it to be one of the most important Apple products in 2022. What if there is more?
Estimated release date and cost of the iPhone 14
We haven’t heard anything about the iPhone 14’s release date yet. However, based on Apple’s prior iPhone launches, we might predict the iPhone 14 to be unveiled in September 2022.
According to the most current rumour, the iPhone 14 will be released on September 13. On the basis of other rumours and Apple’s usual iPhone launch rhythm, this date appears to be in line.
Apple appears to be taking steps to limit the likelihood of long wait periods for the iPhone 14 series as a result of manufacturing interruption among its major suppliers, given the disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
As far as the price is concerned, it’s impossible to know. It’s safe to say, though, that the iPhone 14 will be priced in line with the iPhone 13, which is available for $799 in normal configuration and $999 in iPhone 13 Pro form. Although we can’t rule out the possibility of a larger, 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, we expect it to cost $899.
From there, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max might cost $999 and $1,099, respectively.
It appears that three of the four iPhone 14 models slated for a price increase have been leaked by LeaksApplePro, a reasonably reputable leaker.
Both the standard iPhone 14 and the larger iPhone 14 Max are expected to be priced at $799. iPhone 14 Pro may cost $1,099 compared to the $999 iPhone 13 Pro, which is $100 more expensive. The price of the iPhone 14 Pro Max is expected to rise to $1,199. Anyone expecting to get their hands on a high-end version of the iPhone 14 will be stinging their wallets with this price increase.
According to Twitter user Shadow Leak, the normal iPhone 14 Pro will retail for $1,099. As a result, a price increase for the Pros is not out of the question.
If you’re torn between the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 13, we’ve compiled a list of reasons why you should go with the iPhone 13 right away rather than wait.
iPhone 14 Max replacing iPhone 14 mini
Apple issued an iPhone 13 tiny along with the other iPhone 13 models last fall, despite reports that the iPhone 12 mini had dismal sales. After then, Apple is rumoured to be changing the iPhone 14 lineup for 2022, which might mean the end of the iPhone small. In addition to the ordinary 6.1-inch iPhone 14, there may be a larger iPhone 14 Plus or Max model. iPhone 14s will come in a variety of sizes, from the smallest to the largest.
According to Jon Prosser, the iPhone 14 Max will be the next “small” phone, with only a 6.7-inch display and no pro capabilities and a price tag that would make it prohibitively expensive. Bigger and cheaper iPhones could be precisely what the doctor ordered for Apple’s loyal customers.
According to yet another anonymous source, there will be two different iPhone 14 models: the normal and the Max. The iPhone 14 Max, in our opinion, will be a game-changer for Apple, and the speculated phone should cause concern among Apple’s competitors.
The iPhone 14 isn’t the only significant upgrade from the iPhone 13 small, which is set to be discontinued. Here is a detailed comparison of what we know so far about what is expected to be the new iPhone 14 versus the iPhone 13.
There is a good chance that Apple may remove the iPhone 11 from its phone range after the iPhone 14’s release. It’s not clear if the iPhone 13 small and iPhone 12 mini devices will continue to exist.
This is the design of the iPhone 14
According to Jon Prosser’s video on Front Page Tech, the iPhone 14 will have flat edges like the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 4. However, a mute button and a trio of circular volume buttons, reminiscent of the iPhone 4, might be included into those sides.
Apple’s rumoured iPhone 14 will have titanium sides and a glass back with a satin-like appearance, with the titanium sides making it stronger and more durable than previous iPhones.
Ming-Chi Kuo claims that a larger module is needed to hold a 48MP camera, thus it doesn’t look like the basic iPhone 14 will get an array of cameras flush with its rear panel.
Rumors have said that the iPhone 14 will finally get rid of the notch. It appears like only the iPhone 14 Pro will have no notch, using a single circular camera cutout in conjunction with a pill-shaped cutout adjacent to it to house the Face ID sensors. However, this is all speculation at this time. It is possible that the bezels have been lowered, making the display appear even larger.
In what looks to be a leaked supply chain photo, all four iPhone 14 models’ display panels are clearly visible. However, the notch on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro max appears to have been abolished in favour of a mix of a pill-shaped cutout and what appears to be an elongated punch-hole camera or sensor.
MySmartPrice has also obtained CAD renderings of the non-Pro version of the iPhone 14. The iPhone 14 Max is expected to have the same design as the iPhone 14 in a 6.7-inch display body.
These renders, as you can see, don’t look all that different from the current iPhone 13 model. Because of this, the notch is still narrower, and the camera modules on the back are still placed diagonally. As a result, we’re left scratching our heads as to what the iPhone 14 will actually provide in terms of new features.
iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max leaked by Max Weinbach, who is known for his honesty and integrity. Both depict a phone that is 0.2 mm thicker and has a greater camera bump. The schematics suggest that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will be similar in height and width to their predecessors, which is surprising given how much larger they are. The new hole-punch/pill-shaped cuts can be seen in these schematics as well.
According to a recent leak, the iPhone 14 Pro Max will be Apple’s largest next-generation flagship phone. To make the bigger iPhone slimmer, or at least more screen-friendly, Apple is rumoured to be tinkering with the phone’s design in order to maximise screen area without sacrificing Face ID security.
Macotakara, a Japanese site, has uploaded a video of mock-ups of the iPhone 14 from the Chinese site Alibaba. The larger camera module on the iPhone 14 Pro necessitates a new case for those phones, making it clear that the distinctions between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro are obvious.
In terms of colour options, a source claims that the present blue will be replaced with a lighter sky blue and a new purple option will be included. It’s difficult to tell how credible that leak was now that it’s been removed. However, the artist Souta’s rendering of the iPhone 14 Pro in purple reveals how this colour will appear in real life.
iPhone 14 display
With a 6.1-inch screen for the normal iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, and a 6.7-inch screen for the iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max, we can expect a reshuffle in the iPhone 14 lineup. No more 5.4″ minis for me.
iPhone 14 will have a 6.08-inch screen (rounded up to 6.1 inches), while iPhone 14 Max will have a 6.68-inch screen, according to a leak from Shadow Leak (rounded up to 6.7 inches). In the same way as the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max, this is the same. However, new bezels on the Pro models mean that they might grow to 6.12 and 6.69 inches in size, respectively.
As with the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, all iPhone 14 models should sport a 120Hz refresh rate display, likely using an LTPO panel or an improved version of that technology.
Speculation has surfaced that the iPhone 14 Max, which could be referred to as the iPhone 14 Plus, will have a 120Hz refresh rate display. However, it’s not obvious if the standard iPhone 14 will get a refresh rate of 60Hz or if it will be upgraded to a faster refresh rate.
LTPS displays are expected to be used in at least one iPhone 14 model, according to a report from The Elec. The lack of a fast-refreshing display on the basic iPhone 14 has been bolstered by subsequent supply chain reports.
In contrast, the basic iPhone 14 models have been rumoured to have 90Hz refresh rate displays, which isn’t quite the speedy 120Hz refresh rate we’d want, but it would be a significant upgrade over the 60Hz panel that Apple now uses.
Given that an always-on display was rumoured for the iPhone 13 but never found its way into the iPhone 14, this seems like a sensible addition to the iPhone 14.
OLED panel supplier BOE has been accused of cheating on the thickness of its thin film transistors, according to a story published in The Elec. That leaves only LG and Samsung as Apple’s only options.
iPhone 14 Touch ID
The return of Touch ID to the iPhone 14 will be a major upgrade above previous models. Instead of being integrated into a power button, it is expected to be embedded under the iPhone 14’s display, much like the fingerprint sensors on the top Android phones.
It’s possible, but the jury is yet out. According to Ming Chi-Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities, there won’t be a Touch ID or Face ID under-display iPhone for a few more years. This would have been a huge disappointment, as it would have been really useful during these mask-wearing occasions.
Face ID can now recognise a real person even when they are wearing a mask, thanks to iOS 15.4 from Apple. Apple may have avoided the necessity for fingerprint-based authentication by making this function so well.
iPhone 14 cameras
As the iPhone 14 camera rumours continue to spread, they’re becoming more and more intriguing. For the iPhone 14 Pro models, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests a 48MP primary sensor, which would be a significant improvement above the 12MP camera in the iPhone 13. Research firm TrendForce, based in Taiwan, confirms that Apple cares about megapixels, at least when it comes to the company’s Pro devices.
On the contrary, a well-known Apple insider predicts that only the high-end iPhone 14 Pro models would feature a 48MP camera.
A larger primary sensor will be useful regardless of its accuracy. In particular, we’d want to see an upgrade to the iPhone’s telephoto lens, which currently falls short of the Samsung Galaxy S21. In fact, a secondary telephoto camera with a 10x optical zoom would be a great addition to Apple’s upcoming iPhones.
Periscope-style zoom cameras are being developed by Apple and could be used in the iPhone 14, or at least its Pro variants. Periscope cameras are expected to come in the iPhone 15 in 2023, according to Ming-Chi Kuo.
It’s time for another iPhone 14 camera hint from Kuo, this time for the front camera. Autofocus and a larger aperture (f/1.9 vs. f/2.2 on the current iPhone) are expected to be included to the iPhone 14’s front camera. FaceTime calls should get sharper with autofocus, while low-light selfies should get better with the larger aperture. All iPhone 14 models, not just the Pro variants, would benefit from the new front-facing camera.
iPhone 14 specs, battery life and charging
Only a few snippets of information have been released about the iPhone 14’s probable features. We believe that Apple will design an A-series chip for the iPhone in 2022. The A16 is almost probably going to be the processor and graphics chip that replaces the A15 Bionic in the iPhone 13.
With an A15 Bionic chip at 5nm, the iPhone 13 is expected to have an A15 Bionic chip at TSMC at 4nm, which would be even smaller and more efficient. But a recent source suggests that TSMC is having difficulties creating the smaller chips, which implies the iPhone 14 may continue with a 5nm chipset. If this is the case, it will be the first time that an iPhone has had the same-sized system-on-chip for three years.
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the new A16 Bionic chip may only be given to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The current A15 Bionic processor will be used in the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max. Despite this, the A15 is expected to remain the most powerful processor in a smartphone for some time.
Another leaker, LeaksApplePro, claims that the iPhone 14 will have an A15 Bionic processor rather than newer hardware, claiming: “It’s possible that Apple will employ the A15 in non-pro iPhones later in the year. Apple, on the other hand, intends to refer to it as the A16 chip.”
According to an unnamed source, the iPhone 14 will be powered by the same A15 Bionic technology that powers this year’s iPhone 13 Pro models. It has 6GB of RAM, while the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini only have 4GB of RAM, according to teardowns of both devices. There is a possibility that this could be an upgrade of some sort, but we should take it with a grain of salt.
See what our analysts have to say about the potential benefits of an iPhone 14 4nm A16 Bionic chip.
According to Kuo, all four iPhone 14 models will have 6GB of RAM, up from 4GB on the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 small, according to AppleInsider reports. LPDDR 4X RAM will be used in the base versions while LPDDR 5 RAM would be used in the Pro models, according to rumours.
Observer Jeff Pu has also predicted that all four iPhone 14 versions will have a total of 6GB RAM.
As far as the storage options go, we’d expect Apple to go with the 128GB and above for the iPhone 13 Pro variants.
An on-board storage capacity of 2TB has been speculated for the iPhone 14. We doubt an iPhone will have the largest storage on a smartphone to date, given that no Samsung phone offers this and they’ve historically been liberal with storage.
It’s been reported that the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Max will come preloaded with 64GB of storage, while the iPhone 14 Pro Max will have 256GB of storage as standard. Both are plausible, although the former is more likely than the latter, as it would take up half of the capacity on the normal iPhone 13.
According to an analyst at GlobalDate, Apple may also produce an iPhone 14 with an eSIM-only model. Users who require dual SIM capabilities, like as business travellers or tourists from other countries, would benefit from Apple’s decision.
iPhone 14 5G and satellite connectivity
Following Apple’s acquisition of Intel’s modem division, it’s feasible that the iPhone 14 may include an Apple-made 5G modem. Despite this, the iPhone 15 may be the first to include this control over 5G performance and battery life.
Apple is rumoured to be working on a new 5G chip for the next generation of iPhones, which might reduce battery usage while still delivering top-notch performance. TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) has purportedly secured Apple’s 5G chip orders for its upcoming iPhone 14 series, according to a report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News.
Using the 6nm manufacturing technique, the provider may deliver a chip that is smaller, resulting in lower power consumption, without affecting the performance of the device.
It’s also possible that a smaller 5G chip may allow Apple to fit a larger battery inside. As a result, the battery life of the phone could be improved by using the chip described in this article.
Qualcomm unveiled its new X70 modem during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2022. However, with a release date of late 2022, it’s unlikely that the iPhone 14 will get the new technology, which is projected to be a significant upgrade over the current-generation X65 modem.
There’s a new rumour about the iPhone 13’s capacity to connect to satellite networks so users may text emergency services even when cellular networks aren’t available, which has surfaced in the past. According to rumours, the iPhone 14 models could include satellite connectivity, which would help Apple improve its phone’s ability to respond in the event of an emergency.
iPhone 14 USB-C
Apple has been rumoured for years to ditch the Lightning port in favour of USB-C, and for a while it appeared like the iPhone 14 would be no exception. Multiple leakers have suggested that the iPhone 14 Pro would have USB-C, and it would seem reasonable that the normal iPhone 14 would follow suit.
Unfortunately, the iPhone 14 will probably join the litany of Apple gadgets that were reported to switch to USB-C but instead stayed with Lightning. Leaks from a Leaking Leaker Instead of USB-C, ApplePro expects the iPhone 14 Pro versions to include an updated version of Lightning that can transport data at USB 3.0-like speeds.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, a USB-C iPhone will arrive in late 2023. In other words, the iPhone 15 might get USB-C, but the iPhone 14 won’t if he’s accurate. According to Bloomberg, Apple is testing USB-C gadgets and a new charger in advance of the iPhone 15’s release in 2023.
iPhone 14: Software
The iPhone 14 is expected to arrive in the fall with a new version of Apple’s iOS software if the company follows its usual pattern. It is almost a certainty that the next version of iOS will be iOS 16. (unless Apple ditches numbers like it did with macOS).
Even if Apple releases iOS 16 software updates before June’s annual developer conference (which is typically held in June), no one will know for sure until then. In December, Apple will release iOS 15.2, which includes a variety of new features for the iPhone.
iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max appear to be in a league of their own, based on all the rumours to date. As a result, only the pros will be able to provide telephoto zooms once again. Because the new iPhone 14 Pros are rumoured to include in-display Touch ID, which would mean that the notch would be replaced by a punch hole display in the future iPhones.
In addition, a 48MP main camera is rumoured for the iPhone 14 Pro versions, which would be an improvement over the standard iPhone 14’s 12MP camera. As for USB-C connectivity, it’s possible that only the iPhone 14 Pro will have it. The speculated differences between the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Pro can be seen in our iPhone 14 versus iPhone 14 Pro comparison.
Analyst Jeff Pu, on the other hand, predicts that Apple will equip all four iPhone 14 models with 120Hz displays and 6GB of RAM this time around.
Apple’s iPhone 14: What We Want To See
For Apple’s upcoming autumn lineup, we’ve prioritised the most important rumoured features for the next-generation iPhone 14. When the iPhone 14 debuts, here’s what we’d like to see. Here’s what the iPhone SE tells us about the iPhone 14 now that it’s out:
iPhone 14 renders by Proser hint at a new design for the device. However, this is not a major shift in Apple’s industrial design. Any if Apple’s phones are some of the most attractive, we’d like to see if the company can go even further in terms of design with the iPhone 14.
If the reports are true, the iPhone 14 will have a bezel-less display with no notch. As long as it doesn’t affect the quality of the images or the accuracy of Face ID, an under-display camera would be a welcome addition.
Even if the iPhone 14 doesn’t include an in-display fingerprint sensor, we believe that Apple will reintroduce Touch ID. A Touch ID sensor, similar to the one on the iPad Air, could be built inside the side-mounted power button.
Although Apple has always been a powerhouse, we’d like to see Apple get a little more into AI with its A-series chips, much like Google is poised to do with its Tensor chip in the Pixel 6. As a result, we may have a smarter, more responsive Siri, as well as smarter features that serve up the info or services iPhone 14 consumers want when they want them.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max has one of the greatest cameras on the market, but we’d want to see Apple continue to improve its camera hardware and software. The gap between the Pro Max and competitors like the Google Pixel 6 and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra isn’t very wide at the moment, but that could change. We hope that Apple’s next-generation phones will have cameras and phone photography experiences that outperform those offered by Android’s competitors. Getting up to speed on the zooming front would also be beneficial.