The iPhone 13 is pretty popular, but that doesn’t mean Apple isn’t working behind closed doors on the iPhone 14 – and given the surprising number of leaks, we have an idea of what the company plans to do. 2022 flagship range.
In fact, if the rumors are true, it could be a more interesting upgrade than the one offered on the iPhone 13, with current rumors pointing to a potential redesign, the removal of the Face ID hook, and an improved camera design.
With that in mind, we’re summarizing everything you need to know about the iPhone 14 right now, including release dates and price forecasts, as well as the latest leaks and rumors detailing what Apple expects from the 2022 flagship iPhone series.
When will the iPhone 14 be released?
Although there is currently no exact release date for the rumors, iPhone releases will take place in September, with the exception of 2020 during the pandemic.
Don’t expect wide availability in the beginning; Nikkei Asia said the production of the new iPhone 14 Max was damaged by a “very slow” reopening rate as part of a month-long Covid lock in China. The report claims that Apple told suppliers to accelerate production growth, but as a result, if the iPhone 14 Max goes on sale later this year, there may be limited reserves.
We’ll update this section when we hear more, so check back often for the latest details, and if you can’t wait that long, take a look at our iPhone purchase guide.
How much will the iPhone 14 cost?
It is too early to make any specific price predictions, but the good news is that this year’s iPhone 13 series will come at the same price as its 2022 chip shortage, even if it increases the price Apple has to pay. for components. its predecessor.
While that doesn’t mean we expect the same from this year’s models, it’s a sign that Apple is doing its best to keep the iPhone at current prices.
For reference, the current iPhone range costs
- Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max – £1,099/$1,099
- Apple iPhone 13 Pro – £999/$999
- iPhone 13 – £799/$799
- iPhone 13 Mini – £699/$699
- Apple iPhone 11 – £599/$599
- iPhone XR – £499/$499
- iPhone SE – £399/$399
What to expect from iPhone 14 service?
While it’s a long way from a potential release, we still have a rough idea of what the iPhone 14 will have to offer – and if the current rumors are to be believed, it will be an interesting idea.
Bye Mini, hello Max
We all knew it would come; Ming-Chi Kuo, who expects the same after the weak iPhone 12 mini sales and the iPhone 13 mini, suggests that Apple will officially stop the line in 2022.
Instead, the company will offer 6.1 and 6.7-inch versions of both the base and Pro models; This means that we can see the presentation of the new iPhone 14 Max together with the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Elec goes so far as to suggest that the iPhone 14 Max can offer the same 120Hz refresh rate as the Pro series, but that depends on production costs and availability.
A 9to5Mac source also confirmed that the Mini is actually dead and will be replaced by the iPhone 14 Max, with the internal code name D28 – but the possibility of ProMotion support was not mentioned.
Mark Gurman also believes that the iPhone 14 Max will share a 14 Pro Max screen, but like other sources, he has not yet commented on ProMotion support.
In April 2022, when the Chinese social network Weibo showed Leaked images of the iPhone 14 metal molds, which were allegedly shown two 6.1 and two 6.7-inch models, the presentation of the new Max model was almost confirmed.
No more Face ID notch
In a note to investors, the analyst suggested that some iPhone 14 models could cover the location of Face ID smartphones. It’s available on every iPhone since the iPhone X, and although Apple has reduced the unit on the iPhone 13 by 20%, it doesn’t seem to be complete yet.
According to Kuo, the Pro models will retain full Face ID functionality, instead offering an intersection with “drums” that provide an almost full-screen viewing experience for the front camera. The analyst then doubled the claim in late September 2021, suggesting that the Pro models would be separated from the notch for a single-hole camera.
Mark Gurman from Bloomberg also thinks that Apple will step down for the perforated camera in 2022, suggesting that a ‘complete redesign’ is on the way, and Elec’s unnamed industry sources point to a guy.
But you might think it’s a round hole, but the whispers say otherwise. Leaker @dylandkt claims it will be “in pill form” instead, and although it won’t go into further detail, it will be as close to a dual front camera device as it is on the Samsung Galaxy S10. In addition.
What about the combination of the two? Screen analyst Ross Young believes so. An analyst on Twitter – with a 100% history – predicts a combination of circular bumps and pill-shaped cuts on the front of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.
The leak was even seen on Twitter, although it was the opposite – a pill-shaped cut on the left and a circular hole on the right.
The young man also claims (in an already deleted tweet) that the hole will have a Face ID dot projector, and the tablet hole will have at least a front camera and a Face ID infrared camera.
9to5Mac sources suggest that the iPhone 14 Pro series may be slightly longer than previous iPhones to accommodate pill-shaped cuts.
The hole + pill combination appeared in leaked CAD renderings and previously mentioned schemes, and Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, believing the combination came, claimed that Apple had decided to break a really pretty weird camera.
The alleged front panels for the entire series on Weibo recently confirmed many of the rumors we’ve heard before.
Twitter leak @MauriQHD has a slightly different approach; The leak suggests it won’t have a notched or perforated camera, but it will have a full front camera on all four sides and a slightly thicker frame to accommodate Face ID technology.
As with the notch, the new camera cut is a step up for the “real” full-screen iPhone, and Ming-Chi Kuo expects it to be released within two years.
An analyst who took to Twitter in April 2022 claims that “the real full-screen iPhone will come in 2024.” He explained that high-end Pro models will use “a front camera at the bottom of the screen, along with a Face ID at the bottom of the screen.”
So while the iPhone 14 Pro may not have a full-screen full screen, it can work behind closed doors in Apple Park.
Updated form factor
Our first look at the alleged iPhone 14 came days before the iPhone 13 was introduced in September 2021, with the permission of the famous Apple leaker John Prosser, who posted a series of photos and a YouTube video depicting the iPhone 14 series.
Prosser claimed to have seen images of the iPhone 14 Pro Max prototype and worked with rendering artist Ian Zelbo to create images that showcased the updated design.
According to Prosser and Renders, the iPhone 14 series can eliminate the impact of the camera and increase the overall thickness of the smartphone set by offering a straight tripod camera on the back.
This brings the design closer to a merger between the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 4 – a stronger comparison with the addition of circular sound controls that have not been seen in the range since the iPhone 4 era.
While the redesign looks interesting, it is increasingly likely to be just a rumor. Recent reports suggest that a more familiar case, mostly featuring the iPhone 13 series, is on the way – and that includes Proser’s own updated claims.
Leaked CAD images of the iPhone 14 Pro were shared from industry sources in March 2021 via 91Mobiles. Renders show a redesigned Face ID notch on the front (discussed in more detail below), and the rest of the case looks the same as the iPhone 13 Pro.
Days later, leaky Max Weinbach posted pictures of the alleged iPhone 14 Pro schematics on Twitter, adding more context to the leaked CAD images released the day before.
According to the diagrams, with minimal changes in the chassis, we should expect a slightly larger camera bulge, which is 0.1 mm shorter than the previous model and slightly thinner than usual.
While the changes are minimal, it does mean that the iPhone 13 Pro case will not be compatible with the 14 Pro – but we’ll have to wait until it’s launched to make sure.
A few weeks after the iPhone 14 Pro schemes surfaced on the internet, images of the allegedly ultra-premium iPhone 14 Pro Max went viral on Twitter. Twitter user @VNchocoTaco tweeted images of a CAD file showing a high-end iPhone and took several measurements.
According to the leaked images, the iPhone 14 Pro Max will release the traditional Face ID notch for something more simplistic and will have a larger camera cut, but there are no major design changes shown by Jon Prosser.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max is said to measure 160.71 x 78.53 x 12.16 mm, but the extra thickness is said to take into account the larger camera impact on the back – it shouldn’t be that thick everywhere.
It is also rumored that the screen frame of the iPhone 13 Pro Max will be reduced from 2.42 mm to just 1.95 mm, but it remains to be seen how this will affect the display experience.
Leaked images of the iPhone 14’s production molds are also present in most Pro models, but confirm the increasing camera cut in the range.
Interestingly, in the last episode of Front Page Tech, John Prosser went back to previous redesign claims, showing the new iPhone 14 Pro renderings, which are closer to the rumors we heard last year, but did not mention the original claims. . The images look great, but they’re not what Prosser announced in September 2021.
ProMotion may still be exclusive to Pro
One of the key new features of the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max is the 120Hz ProMotion display, which offers smooth animations compared to the 60Hz display of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini.
Some had hoped that the improved technology would move to the rest of the line with the iPhone 14, as it did with the Sensor-Shift OIS, which was exclusive to the iPhone 12 Pro Max before the iPhone 13 series. Unlike The Elec offers.
According to unnamed supply chain sources, South Korea claims that 120Hz LTPO (Low Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide) OLED panels will be exclusive to Pro models, while standard models will use the same 60Hz LTPS (Low Temperature Polycrystalline Silicon) OLED panels. 13 range.
However, analyst Jeff Pu’s forecast for the beginning of 2022 falls short of The Elec’s claim. Instead, the analyst suggests that the entire iPhone 14 series will have a refresh rate of 120Hz, although it has a less established history than other analysts, but is worth taking with a pinch of salt.
As for the annual iPhone update, the camera improvements are almost obvious, but the iPhone 14 Pro series is said to host something special; New 1 / 1.3-inch 48 Mp CMOS image sensor for basic wide-angle lens. More impressive, the new sensor can offer hybrid operating modes to improve pixel size and light collection capabilities.
“The new 2H22 iPhone can support 48MP output and 12MP (four-cell collection output mode) output at the same time,” Kuo said. Pixel aggregation (also known as pixel grouping) to improve quality is not a new concept for Android users, but it will be a first for the iPhone.
That’s not all. Kuo claims that with the 12MP output, the new 2H22 iPhone’s CIS pixel size has increased to about 2.5um, which is significantly larger than the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 and is larger than existing Android phones and close to the DSC level. ” For reference, the iPhone 13 measures up to 1.7 um pixels, while the Pro series measures up to 1.9 um.
In addition to the improved image quality, Kuo believes that it will be able to capture 8K video, which is a big leap from the current 4K, although it does not disclose potential frame rates in detail.
Reiterating the claim in late September, Kuo suggested that the changes would be exclusive to “two high-end models” – a claim recently backed by Mark Gurman of Bloomberg.
The idea of a 48Mp snapper with 8K video capabilities has been supported by analysts at Haitong International Securities and more recently by TrendForce analysts, giving the claim more credibility.
Note that most rumors now point to the standard iPhone 14, which uses the same 12Mp camera as the iPhone 13.
At the heart of the iPhone 13, Apple’s A15 Bionic is equipped with an improved 5nm process that offers efficiency and power improvements over the 5nm A14 Bionic – but the changes aren’t as dramatic as the A14 Bionic.
However, according to TrendForce analysts, this will change with the iPhone 14.
The forecast, released in late 2020, claims that Apple’s 2022 iPhone series will probably be equipped with a 4nm processor called the A16 Bionic, manufactured by TSMC.
The narrower width of the installation will allow for more significant improvements in performance and efficiency, which should not go unnoticed for battery life – improvements that are pleasing to the entire iPhone experience.
This was confirmed by a report by The Information, citing engineers familiar with the matter. According to the report, TSMC is not ready to ship smaller 3nm chipsets with the iPhone 14, but is still expected to overtake its competitors.
According to the Korean Naver blog, citing unnamed sources, it is claimed that this will be combined with the increased 8 GB of RAM in the Pro models. Given that Apple tends to increase its RAM offer every two years and has received improvements with the latest iPhone 12 Pro series, there may be some truth in the claim, and this is likely to apply to the standard model as well.
This is not the only source pointing to growth; Jeit Pu, an analyst at Haitong International Securities, also suggests that the iPhone 14 Pro series will have 8 GB of RAM.
Rumor has it that the standard iPhone 14 series may support an improved version of the A15 Bionic found on the iPhone 13, which may have an additional GPU core compared to the current offer. It is possible that Apple will mark it as A15X, but this has not yet been confirmed.
The concept was backed by Ming-Chi Kuo, who tweeted in a few days that the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max would stick to the A15 chipset in mid-March 2022, and Mark Gurman claimed that this would be the case, giving Apple more confidence. . thought.
This will no doubt make the Pro models more “professional”, something that Apple has been having trouble with in recent years.
The first eSIM-only iPhone
Believe it or not, Apple introduced the eSIM feature with the iPhone XS / XR in 2018, and every iPhone since then has this feature.
For those who don’t know, this is a digital SIM card that allows you to activate the plan without the need for a physical SIM card, and it works with more than 100 operators around the world – perfect for getting cheap data tariffs on vacation.
So far, this is an optional feature, but whispers indicate that only the iPhone with eSIM will go on sale later this year.
However, analysts believe that while this is inevitable, it will not be a complete transition. GlobalData analyst Emma Mohr-McClune suggests that Apple will only offer the eSIM version of the iPhone 14 through its showcases and operators who want to support traditional nano-SIM options, so don’t throw away these SIM cards just yet.
While the satellite connection is rumored to never happen for the iPhone 13, Mark Gurman from Bloomberg suggests it could finally be seen in the iPhone 14 series.
He discusses the upcoming features in his presentation! Gurman suggests that the newsletter can be used to send short text messages from a satellite connection and provide information about emergencies without a standard mobile connection, although the functionality will be exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro series.
He cites a February 2022 deal between Apple and its alleged satellite partner Globalstar Inc. to buy 17 new satellites, which the company says will help boost “perpetual satellite services” for an unnamed customer who paid hundreds of millions of dollars.
Why, Gurman claims, the technology will “provide an alternative to the Garmin inReach Explorer and Spot, mobile satellite communicators with similar features.”
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