Apple’s next iPhones could bring about the most significant improvements in years, according to growing speculations about the iPhone 14. Leaks so far indicate that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will have a sleeker design, a quicker A16 Bionic CPU, and a sharper new main 48MP camera.
There may also be a new 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max in the normal iPhone 14 lineup, as the small is slated to be phased out. As a result, we’re apprehensive about the iPhone 14’s design and A15 Bionic processor, which might make it feel like a step down from the Pros.
Make sure you’re prepared for the biggest differences ever by checking out our iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro comparison page first.
So far, the iPhone 14 has been rumored to be the biggest Apple product of 2022, and here’s what we hope to see in the next generation of flagships. Check out our dedicated iPhone 14 Pro page for more information on the Pro lineup.
iPhone 14 possible release date and price
According to the information we’ve gleaned thus far, the iPhone 14 line will be on sale on September 13th.
Once pre-orders for the iPhone 14 range go live on September 16, we can expect the devices to be released on September 23rd, the following Friday. After the reported Apple event, this would be 10 days.
The price of the iPhone 14 is expected to rise on three of the four variants, according to a leak from LeaksApplePro, who has a reputation for being relatively reliable.
The basic iPhone 14 is expected to remain at $799, while the larger iPhone 14 Max is slated to be priced at $899 when it launches later this year. iPhone 14 Pro may cost $1,099 compared to the $999 iPhone 13 Pro, which is $100 more expensive. As for the iPhone 14 Pro Max, the price could go up to $1,199 by the end of the year. We hope this isn’t the case, because a price increase of this magnitude would put a dent in the wallet.
Shadow Leak on Twitter, a different leaker, has also predicted that the iPhone 14 Pro will cost $1,099 when it goes on sale (opens in new tab). As a result, a price increase for the Pros is not out of the question.
When deciding between the iPhone 14 and 13, here are a few good reasons to go with the iPhone 13 right away rather than waiting for its successor, the iPhone 14. (opens in new tab).
iPhone 14 Max replacing iPhone 14 mini
The iPhone mini’s days are numbered, as Apple is expected to reshuffle its iPhone 14 lineup for the year 2022, according to reports. In addition to the 6.1-inch iPhone 14, there could be a larger iPhone 14 Max. This means that there will be two smaller phones and two larger iPhone 14 phones.
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. It’s possible that a larger iPhone, but at a lower price, could be exactly the ticket for Apple devotees.
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 rivals as well.
The iPhone 14 isn’t only going to have a smaller version of the iPhone 13 tiny. 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.
iPhone 14 design
It will appear like an iPhone 12 crossed with an iPhone 4, according to Jon Prosser and his Front Page Tech video. If you’d like, those edges might also feature an on/off button, as well as three circular volume buttons, like those on the iPhone 4.
If true, the iPhone 14’s titanium body is said to make it more durable and sturdy than prior models, while the glass back will remain, albeit with a satin-like sheen.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo’s allegation that a larger module is required to house a 48MP camera on the iPhone 14 Pro, it doesn’t appear likely that the normal iPhone 14 will acquire a set of cameras flush with its rear panel.
The display notch may be dead by the time the iPhone 14 comes out, according to certain speculations. According to current information, however, it’s looking like the notch will be absent from only the iPhone 14 Pro, which will instead feature a single circular camera cutout plus a pill-shaped cutout for the Face ID sensors. It’s possible that the display’s bezels have been lowered as well, increasing the illusion of screen size.
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 favor of a mix of a pill-shaped cutout and what appears to be an elongated punch-hole camera or sensor.
MySmartPrice has also gotten CAD renderings of the non-Pro iPhone 14. The 6.7-inch screen on the iPhone 14 Max is expected to have the same design as the smaller screen on the iPhone 14.
As you can see, these renders don’t look all that different from the iPhone 13 that we currently have. The notch is still smaller, and the cameras on the back are stacked diagonally. As a result, we’re left wondering what the iPhone 14 will actually be like.
Claims of iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max schematics leaked by Max Weinbach, who has a long history of leaks. A 0.2mm thicker phone and a greater camera bump are shown in both images. 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. They also include a new hole-punch or pill-shaped cutout.
A fresh leak appears to have revealed a slew of information on the iPhone 14 Pro Max, Apple’s largest next-generation flagship phone. To make the larger iPhone more slimline, or at least one that obtains the most screen space from its display without losing the sensor technology needed for successful and secure Face ID, it appears like Apple will perform a series of nips and tucks.
Macotakara, a Japanese site, has uploaded a video of mock-ups of the iPhone 14 from the Chinese site Alibaba. There is no doubt that new cases are required for the bigger camera modules found on the Pro variants of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.
iPhone 14 mockups have been revealed in yet another video posted on the site iUpdate. This unofficial prototype suggests that the iPhone 14 will look a lot like the iPhone 13, with the exception of a few Pro-only tweaks.
One source has stated that the Midnight, Starlight, and Product RED color options will remain, but the existing 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. But this purple iPhone 14 Pro render by artist Souta(opens in new tab) demonstrates how this purple color would seem in reality.
iPhone 14 display
The iPhone 14 range is expected to be shaken up, with a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max expected to be released. Therefore, the 5.4-inch tiny is a thing of the past.
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 that the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max are the same, so is the iPhone 13 Plus. However, new bezels on the Pro models mean that they might grow to 6.12 and 6.69 inches in size, respectively.
I hope to see all iPhone 14 models having a 120Hz refresh rate display, either using an LTPO panel or an advancement of that display technology, given that the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max already have it.
The iPhone 14 Pro has been rumored to have an always-on display because of this panel technology. Notifications and other content, such as the current date and time, could be displayed on the screen without waking up the phone in the future generation of iPhones. This capability has been available on the top Android phones for some time.
A simple lift-to-wake option is expected for the iPhone 14 rather than an always-on display, despite code in the iOS 16 beta suggesting otherwise. Instead, the adjustable refresh rate of the iPhone 14 Pro is anticipated to accommodate any feature of an always-on display.
Speculation has surfaced that the iPhone 14 Max, which could be referred to as the iPhone 14 Plus, will include 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.
It’s possible that at least one iPhone 14 model will use an LTPS display, indicating that the 60Hz panel will remain, 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.
This isn’t quite the zippy 120Hz refresh rate we’d prefer, but it’s a significant improvement over 60Hz. Moreover, an updated rumor claims that the basic iPhone 14 models will have a refresh rate of 90Hz. One more insider confirms this sad news about the specifications.
However, according to a source in The Elec, because of alleged cheating on the width of thin film transistors, Apple may leave OLED panel supplier BOE. That leaves only LG and Samsung as Apple’s only options.
iPhone 14 Touch ID
As a major upgrade over its predecessors, the iPhone 14 will have Touch ID. Apple’s iPhone 14 is expected to have a fingerprint sensor implanted beneath its display, much like those found on several high-end Android phones.
However, the likelihood of this is still up for debate. 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, on the other hand, is now able to recognize a user even if they are wearing a mask thanks to iOS 15.4. Apple may have avoided the necessity for fingerprint-based authentication by making this function so well.
iPhone 14 cameras
iPhone 14 camera rumors are starting to surface, and they’re starting to become fascinating. 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 the quality of its main camera, at least in 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.
At the very least, according to an Apple patent, the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro will feature a zoom camera similar to a periscope’s (opens in new tab). Ming-Chi Kuo, on the other hand, now claims that the iPhone 15 won’t feature a periscope camera until 2023.
It was previously reported that the front-facing camera on the iPhone 14 will be updated, with a bigger aperture (f/1.9 instead of f/2.2), six lenses (up from five) and built-in autofocus. Together, these features should help you capture brighter photos and videos, while maintaining focus and minimizing image distortions.
iPhone 14 specs, battery life and charging
Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at Ming-Chi Kuo Securities, claims that Apple may only give the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max the new A16 Bionic chip (opens in new tab). Since the A15 Bionic has been rumored to power the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max, this dismal spec rumor has now been confirmed by source Yogesh Brar, further separating the iPhone 14 from the Pro and Pro Max.
According to LeaksApplePro, the iPhone 14 will be powered by an A15 Bionic, not an updated chip “When it comes to non-professional iPhones, Apple is seriously contemplating employing the A15 processor. In contrast, Apple plans to refer to it as the A16 chip.”
New reports indicate the iPhone 14 will be powered by this year’s iPhone 13 Pro models’ version of the A15 Bionic chipset based on information from insiders familiar with the matter. According to teardowns, that processor has 6GB of RAM, while the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini have 4GB of RAM. As a result, this would constitute an upgrade, but perhaps not the one we were expecting.
According to market research firm TrendForce, the A16 Bionic chip will only be found in the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max (opens in new tab). In addition to the chip shortage, Apple may be aiming to further differentiate its normal and Pro iPhone lineups by introducing a new processor.
If you’re curious about the A16’s potential performance boost, certain benchmarks have been leaked online.
Aside from 6GB of RAM, Kuo claims that all four iPhone 14 models will have this amount of RAM. The Pro versions, on the other hand, are expected to use quicker and more efficient LPDDR 5 RAM, while the entry-level models are expected to use LPDDR 4X RAM, as is the case with the current iPhone 13 range.
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’re suspicious that an iPhone has the most storage on a smartphone to date, given that no Samsung phone offers this and they’ve historically been liberal with storage.
The iPhone 14 and 14 Max will have 64GB of storage, while the iPhone 14 Pro Max would have a massive 256GB of storage, according to an analyst note from Jeff Pu. 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.
eSIM-only models of the iPhone 14 are also possible, according to estimates by GlobalDate analyst Emma Mohr-McClune. Users that need dual-SIM capabilities, such as businesspeople and international travelers, will benefit from the shift.
All but the iPhone 14 Pro Max are receiving a slightly larger battery, according to a Weibo user who claims to know the capacity of the iPhone 14 family. But ideally this will not have a negative influence on the total battery life of the 14 Pro Max.
iPhone 14 5G and satellite connectivity
Following Apple’s acquisition of Intel’s modem business, it’s feasible that the iPhone 14 may contain an Apple-made 5G modem. However, the iPhone 15 could be the first to feature this, which would allow Apple greater control over the battery life and performance of 5G mobile broadband networks.
Apple is rumored to be working on a new 5G chip for the next generation of iPhones, which might reduce battery consumption while maintaining high performance. It has been reported that TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) has secured Apple’s 5G chip orders for its upcoming iPhone 14 series, according to a report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News.
As a result of the 6nm manufacturing technique, the supplier could create a chip that is physically smaller, thereby reducing power consumption without sacrificing performance, according to the report.
Even while the 5G chip is small, it could also allow Apple to fit a larger battery into the device, which would be a bonus. 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. Nevertheless, 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.
It’s also worth noting the recent resurgence of an old iPhone rumor that claims that the iPhone 13 can connect with satellite networks so that users can send text messages to emergency services when cellular networks are unavailable. Now a rumor has surfaced that Apple plans to integrate satellite connectivity to its new iPhone 14 models in order to improve its phone’s emergency capabilities.
iPhone 14 USB-C
There have been rumblings about the iPhone 14 ditching the Lightning port in favor of USB-C for several generations, and it looked like that was going to happen at one point. The iPhone 14 Pro was rumored to have USB-C, and it would make sense if the ordinary iPhone 14 followed suit.
Unfortunately, you may add the iPhone 14 to the list of Apple gadgets that were speculated to switch from Lightning to USB-C, only to continue with the current port. Leaks from a Leaking Leaker Instead of a USB-C port, ApplePro expects the iPhone 14 Pro versions to ship with Lightning-based data transfer speeds similar to USB 3.0.
Ming-Chi Kuo now claims that a USB-C iPhone will arrive in late 2023, although he doesn’t know when. It’s possible that the iPhone 15 will include USB-C, but if he’s accurate, the iPhone 14 will not. 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
Assuming Apple follows its 10-year-old trend, the iPhone 14 will appear in the fall with a new version of Apple’s iOS software. It seems almost clear that the next version of iOS will be iOS 16.
After Apple’s iOS 16 preview, we now know what features the iPhone 14 will have. Add widgets to the lock screen, update Messages after they’ve been sent, make changes to Maps and Wallet, use Safety Check, and more with the new software. This is an early predecessor to the always-on display functionality rumored for the iPhone 14 Pro.
If you’re eager to see what the iPhone 14 will bring, you’ll be able to try out an early beta of iOS 16 in July.
iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max appear to be in a league of their own based on the information we have so far. As a result, only the pros will be able to provide telephoto zooms once again. The upcoming iPhone 14 Pros are rumored to feature in-display Touch ID, which would eliminate the notch in favor of a hole in the screen for Touch ID.
In addition, a 48MP main camera is rumored for the iPhone 14 Pro versions, which would be an improvement over the standard iPhone 14’s 12MP camera. Also, the iPhone 14 Pros could have USB-C ports instead of Lightning ports.
In comparison to the year-old A15 Bionic chip that powers the iPhone 14, the A16 Bionic chip may power the iPhone 14 Pro. There are rumors that the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro will have significant changes.
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.
iPhone 14: what we’d like to see
For Apple’s upcoming autumn lineup, we’ve prioritized the most important rumored features for the next-generation iPhone 14. But here’s what we’d want to see on the iPhone 14 when it’s released. It has been a while since the iPhone SE (2022) was released, so here’s what the iPhone SE tells us about the iPhone 14.
iPhone 14 renders by Proser show a new design that could be quite appealing to potential buyers. However, it’s 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. Under-display cameras would be welcome as long as they didn’t interfere with imaging or Face ID.
Touch ID: Even if Apple doesn’t use an in-display sensor to bring Touch ID back, we’re convinced it will be on the iPhone 14. Perhaps the iPad Air’s Touch ID sensor might be placed into the side-mounted power button.
Like Google’s Tensor chip, Apple’s A-series processors have always been powerful, but we’d like to see Apple get more into the AI side of things, much like the Google Pixel 6 is expected. To compete with the Google Assistant, we’ll need an even better Siri that’s quicker to respond and more capable of delivering the information iPhone 14 consumers want when they want it.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max has one of the greatest camera phones on the market, but we’d want to see Apple continue to improve its camera technology and hardware. Even with the Pro Max’s current advantage, there’s not much separating it from competitors like the Google Pixel 6 and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. It is our hope that the iPhone 14 camera and photographic experience will wipe the floor with Android competitors, driving them to elevate their game with their next-generation phones. Getting up to speed on the zooming front would also be beneficial.