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iPhone 14 — Latest rumors and leaks so far

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The largest changes in years may be included in the iPhone 14. Here is what we currently know.

Apple’s new iPhones may represent the most significant improvements in years, according to growing iPhone 14 speculations. According to the rumors thus far, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will have a more streamlined new look, a quicker A16 Bionic CPU, and a crisper new main 48MP camera.

The small is anticipated to be discontinued in favor of a new 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, which might also affect the normal iPhone 14 lineup. However, given that it may feature a very similar design to the Pros(opens in new tab) and perhaps even last year’s A15 Bionic CPU, we’re also concerned that the iPhone 14 may be somewhat boring in comparison.

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For more information on the key rumored differences, see our comparison of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro(opens in new tab). See what potential upgrades there may be by comparing our iPhone 14 to iPhone 11 (opens in new tab).

Here are the details we now know about the iPhone 14, why it is predicted to be one of Apple’s most popular products in 2022, and what we hope to see from the upcoming flagships. Visit our specialized iPhone 14 Pro portal if you’re interested in learning more details about the Pro range.

iPhone 14 possible release date and price  

According to all the current rumors, we predict the iPhone 14 series will debut on September 13.

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Pre-orders for the iPhone 14 range are then anticipated to open the Friday following the Apple event, September 16, with the devices likely going on sale a week later, on Friday, September 23. This would occur ten days following the alleged Apple event.

LeaksApplePro, a reasonably trustworthy leaker, claims that three of the four iPhone 14 versions are expected to see price increases.

The MSRP of the new iPhone 14 Max is anticipated to be $899, while the basic iPhone 14 will likely remain at $799. However, the iPhone 14 Pro may cost $1,099, an increase of $100 from the $999 iPhone 13 Pro. And the price of the iPhone 14 Pro Max might rise similarly, reaching $1,199. We hope it’s not true, as this relatively large jump in launch pricing would hurt your wallet.

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According to a different leaker, Shadow Leak on Twitter, the ordinary iPhone 14 Pro will cost $1,099 (opens in new tab). The same may be said for @TheGalox_, who asserts that the price of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will both increase by $100 apiece (opens in new tab). It is therefore possible that the Pros will be more expensive this year.

If you’re debating whether to buy the iPhone 14 or the iPhone 13, we’ve picked up some reasons to do it right away rather than wait for the iPhone 14. (opens in new tab).

iPhone 14 Max replacing iPhone 14 mini

The corporation is apparently planning to overhaul the iPhone 14 lineup for 2022, which could spell the end for the iPhone small. Along with the standard 6.1-inch iPhone 14, there may also be a larger iPhone 14 Max. There would so be two standard-sized phones and two iPhone 14 variants with larger screens.

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This was further supported by leaker Jon Prosser, who stated that the iPhone 14 Max will replace a tiny phone and would only have a 6.7-inch display without a ton of professional capabilities and a high price tag. Given the demand for larger phones, a huge but more reasonably priced iPhone would be ideal for iPhone enthusiasts.

We may anticipate two iPhone 14 variants, the standard and the Max, according to yet another leaker. From our perspective, the reported iPhone 14 Max should give Apple’s rivals pause since it has the potential to transform the game for the company.

The iPhone 14 Max may make its debut under a new moniker, so be mindful of that. Apple’s 6.7-inch entry-level phone, according to leaker Lanzuk, will be called the iPhone 14 Plus. Calling the new phone the iPhone 14 Plus would prevent confusion with the iPhone 14 Pro Max, however no explanation has been provided. We will continue to refer to the phone as the iPhone 14 Max until other sources confirm the iPhone 14 Plus rumor.

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Not all major changes from the iPhone 14 are anticipated, such as the removal of the iPhone 13 small. See our iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13 comparison for a complete list of the most significant rumors to date.

iPhone 14 design  

The iPhone 14 will retain flat sides, making it resemble a hybrid between an iPhone 4 and an iPhone 12, according to Jon Prosser and his Front Page Tech video. However, those sides might also feature a mute button and a row of rounded volume center buttons, evoking memories of the iPhone 4.

The iPhone 14 is rumored to have titanium sides, making it harder and more durable than prior iPhones, but glass would still be used for the back, albeit with what appears to be a satin-like sheen.

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It doesn’t appear likely that the standard iPhone 14 will get a set of cameras flush with its rear panel given some schematics that show the iPhone 14 Pro models with the raised camera array being even bigger on the iPhone 14 Pro and Ming-Chi Kuo’s claim that a larger module is needed to house a 48MP camera.

According to certain reports, the iPhone 14 would finally do away with the display notch. However, as things stand, it appears that only the iPhone 14 Pro will lack a notch, choosing instead to combine a single circular camera cutout with a pill-shaped cutout next to it to accommodate Face ID sensors. The display would appear much larger if the bezels had been decreased.

With what appears to be a supply chain leak photo displaying the display panels for each of the four iPhone 14 versions, these claims gained more credibility. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max appear to have done away with the notch in favor of a mix of a pill-shaped cutout and what appears to be a punch-hole camera or sensor, while the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max appear to be keeping the display notch.

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MySmartPrice also acquired CAD renderings of the standard iPhone 14, similar to what it did for the Pro. We anticipate that the same design will be used on the iPhone 14 Max, which will have a 6.7-inch display.

As you can see, these renderings don’t really change much from the iPhone 13 that we now have. The rear cameras are arranged diagonally, and the notch is still slightly smaller. In fact, it makes us wonder what the iPhone 14 will actually change.

Max Weinbach, a reliable leaker in the past, published purported schematics for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Both display a phone that is 0.2mm thicker and has a greater camera bump. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max won’t be all that different from its predecessors in terms of height and width, according to the schematics, which is an interesting finding. The new hole-punch/pill-shaped cutouts are also depicted in these schematics.

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In relation to the iPhone 14 Pro Max, a fresh leak appears to have made a ton of information regarding what will likely be Apple’s largest next-generation flagship phone available. Apple will reportedly do some nips and tucks to make the bigger iPhone a more slimline device, or at least one that obtains the most screen real estate from its display without sacrificing the sensor technology required for reliable and secure Face ID.

A collection of iPhone 14 mock-ups featured in an Alibaba video that Japanese site Macotakara uploaded shows all the many design revisions. The larger camera module on the Pro models will require new cases for those phones, and you can clearly see the differences between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro.

According to one source, there will be the standard Midnight, Starlight, and Product RED color options along with a new purple option and a lighter sky blue in place of the present blue. However, that leak has since been removed, making it difficult to assess its reliability. Nevertheless, this rendering of the purple iPhone 14 Pro by artist Souta (opens in new tab) illustrates how the color would seem in the actual world.

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The addition of the purple option was the most significant alteration, according to a summary of the state of iPhone 14 color speculations published by MacRumors(opens in new tab) in May. The article also includes the current iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 sections’ color possibilities, which are black, white, blue, and [Product] Red. (Take note that Apple now refers to its black and white smartphones as “Midnight” and “Starlight,” respectively.) This time, the pink and green colors would not be used.

iPhone 14 display

A reorganization of the iPhone 14 lineup is anticipated; according to reports, the normal iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro will have 6.1-inch displays, while the iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max could have 6.7-inch displays. So the 5.4-inch mini is obsolete.

According to a Shadow Leaks report, the iPhone 14 will have a 6.08-inch (rounded to 6.1-inch) screen, while the iPhone 14 Max would have a 6.68-inch screen (rounded up to 6.7 inches). The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro Max also have that. The Pro models, however, may be getting a little bit bigger (to 6.12 inches and 6.69 inches, respectively), maybe due to redesigned bezels.

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Given that the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max feature displays with 120Hz refresh rates, it would be amazing to see all iPhone 14 models have screens with similar refresh rates. These screens would probably be made with LTPO panels or a development of those panels that could scale down to 1Hz.

The iPhone 14 Pro is expected to have an always-on display thanks to this utilization of panel technology. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the iPhone 14 Pro will finally get the always-on display that has been long rumored to be coming to the next generation of iPhones. This display will be used to display “weather, calendars, stocks, activities, and other data” on the lock screen while maintaining a low refresh rate to conserve battery life. The top Android phones already have the ability to display such content on a display without waking the phone up, so next-generation iPhones would gain this capability as well.

Although code in the iOS 16 beta appears to confirm an always-on display functionality, it is anticipated that the normal iPhone 14 will continue to use the straightforward lift-to-wake option. Instead, the iPhone 14 Pro will probably support any always-on display feature thanks to its adjustable refresh rate.

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The iPhone 14 Max is rumored to sport a 120Hz refresh rate display, according to a recent supply chain rumor. LG will reportedly build the screen in this case, although it’s not yet clear if the conventional iPhone 14 will continue with 60Hz refresh rates or get a faster refresh rate.

According to one claim from The Elec(opens in new tab), at least one iPhone 14 model will include an LTPS display, which suggests that a 60Hz screen may remain in use. The assumption that the regular iPhone 14 might not have a fast-refreshing display has only been confirmed by subsequent supply chain reports.

Although it’s not quite the fast 120Hz refresh rate we’d like to see, a 90Hz refresh rate display for the regular iPhone 14 models would be a significant increase over a 60Hz panel. This sad rumor about the specs is supported by another tip.

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It’s interesting to note that according to a report in The Elec, Apple may stop using the OLED panel supplier BOE because of the company’s suspected deception on thin film transistor width. Then, Apple would only be able to work with LG and Samsung.

iPhone 14 Touch ID

One of the most notable upgrades for the iPhone 14 over its predecessors would be the return of Touch ID. Like many fingerprint sensors on the top Android phones, it would reportedly be built under the iPhone 14’s display as opposed to being integrated into a power button.

However, it’s still unclear how plausible this is. For a few more years, according to analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, there won’t be an iPhone with Touch ID or Face ID hidden beneath the display. This would have been frustrating because having a Face ID alternative is incredibly helpful in these times of mask wear.

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But with iOS 15.4, Apple has improved Face ID so that it can identify a genuine user even while they are hiding their identity. It functions extremely well, indicating that Apple may have avoided the necessity for biometrics that focus on the fingerprint.

iPhone 14 cameras  

The speculations around the iPhone 14 cameras are starting to surface more frequently, and they’re starting to sound fairly intriguing. According to one rumor from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the 48MP primary sensor for the iPhone 14 Pro versions could represent a significant improvement over the iPhone 13’s 12MP camera. Taiwanese research group TrendForce supports the 48MP main camera claim, indicating that Apple is once again concerned with megapixels, at least when it comes to the company’s Pro phones.

However, a regular Apple insider predicts that the basic iPhone 14 models would maintain their 12MP cameras, with the Pro versions being the only ones predicted to have a 48MP main camera.

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A larger main sensor will be appreciated regardless of how precise it turns out to be. But since the iPhone lacks features like those found in devices like the Samsung Galaxy S21, we’re especially interested in a better telephoto lens. In fact, it would be quite cool if Apple took a page out of the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s book and decided to include a secondary telephoto camera with, perhaps, a 10x optical zoom.

According to an Apple patent, the company is developing a periscope-style zoom camera, which might appear on the iPhone 14 or at the very least the Pro models. The periscope camera won’t be available until the iPhone 15 in 2023, according to Ming-Chi Kuo today.

All models of the iPhone 14 are expected to receive an updated front-facing camera, which is expected to have a bigger aperture (f/1.9 vs. f/2.2 on the current iPhone), 6-part lenses (up from 5-part lenses), and built-in autofocus, according to a more recent update from Kuo. Together, these should make it easier to maintain focus and reduce image distortion while taking brighter pictures and videos.

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See our list of the top rumors and leaks for the iPhone 14 camera for more information.

iPhone 14 specs, battery life and charging  

According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple may decide to limit the new A16 Bionic chip to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone Pro Max (opens in new tab). Accordingly, the A15 Bionic, which debuted a year ago, would power the standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max. Now that tipster Yogesh Brar has confirmed this depressing spec report, the difference between the regular iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max is much greater.

The iPhone 14 will reportedly feature an A15 Bionic rather than enhanced silicon, according to another tipper, LeaksApplePro, who notes: “Later this year, Apple will contemplate employing the A15 in its non-pro iPhones. The Cupertino-based business, though, intends to refer to it as the A16 chip.”

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Another story, citing knowledgeable insiders, said that the iPhone 14 would feature the same A15 Bionic chipset that powers the iPhone 13 Pro models from this year. This further complicated the plot. According to teardowns, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini employ 4GB of RAM, whereas that chip has 6GB of RAM. That would therefore be a form of update, though perhaps not the one we’d anticipate.

According to market research company TrendForce(opens in new tab), the new A16 Bionic chip will only be available for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max (opens in new tab). Apple may be attempting to better separate the normal and Pro iPhone lines in addition to the present chip shortage, which may account for some of this.

If you’re curious about how much additional power the A16 might provide, several benchmarks that have leaked may be able to provide some insight.

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All four iPhone 14 models, according to Kuo, will contain 6GB RAM, an increase from the 4GB found in the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 small. The Pro versions, on the other hand, are said to have faster and more effective LPDDR 5 RAM, while the base models reportedly employ LPDDR 4X RAM like the current iPhone 13 range.

All four of the iPhone 14 versions, according to analyst Jeff Pu’s prediction, will include 6GB of RAM.

We anticipate Apple will maintain the storage options it now offers for the iPhone 13 range, which start at 128GB and go all the way up to 1TB for the Pro models.

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The iPhone 14 may, however, receive a massive 2TB of inbuilt storage, according to a report. We are sceptical about the claim that an iPhone has the most storage on a smartphone to date given that no Samsung phone offers this and they have historically been generous with storage.

The iPhone 14 and 14 Max will ship with 64GB of storage, while the iPhone 14 Pro Max would ship with a whopping 256GB, according to a second analyst note from Jeff Pu. The latter is plausible, but not the former, as that would be only half of the iPhone 13’s standard storage.

The iPhone 14 might possibly come in an eSIM-only version, according to GlobalDate analyst Emma Mohr-McClune. The change would increase the appeal of the iPhone among consumers who require dual SIM functionality, such as business users and international tourists.

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According to a Weibo source who claims to be familiar with the iPhone 14 family’s battery capacities, all models—aside from the iPhone 14 Pro Max—will see a minor rise in size. There is some shrinkage of the 14 Pro Max, but hopefully not enough to affect the battery life of the device as a whole.

iPhone 14 5G and satellite connectivity

Following Apple’s acquisition of Intel’s modem division, it’s feasible that the iPhone 14 may come with an Apple-made 5G modem. Although it might only be introduced with the iPhone 15 next year, this would presumably allow Apple better control over both the 5G performance and battery life implications.

A new 5G technology that Apple is apparently considering to include in the upcoming iPhones could lead to lower battery consumption without sacrificing performance. According to a recent claim from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News, Apple has reportedly ordered 5G chips from TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) for its next iPhone 14 series.

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According to reports, the radio frequency chips are made using a 6nm manufacturing technique, which would enable the provider to deliver a device that is physically smaller and uses less power without compromising performance.

Additionally, a smaller 5G chip would allow Apple to cram a bigger battery inside with more room. Consequently, the suggested chip may increase the phone’s overall battery life when combined with higher power efficiency.

In relation to 5G modems, Qualcomm unveiled the X70 at MWC 2022. It’s unlikely that the iPhone 14 will use the new technology, which is anticipated to be a significant advancement over the X65 modem now in use, given its anticipated release date for the device is late in 2022.

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While we’re talking about connectivity, an older iPhone 13 rumor has come back to life, claiming that the device would be able to connect to satellite networks, allowing users to text emergency services when cellular networks are unavailable. The iPhone 13 didn’t have that function, but according to tipsters, the iPhone 14 models may now include satellite connectivity as Apple works to improve the emergency features of its phones.

iPhone 14 USB-C

For several iPhone generations, the Lightning port has frequently been abandoned in favor of USB-C, and for a brief while with the iPhone 14, it appeared that this might be the case. It would make sense that the ordinary iPhone 14 would adopt USB-C after multiple leakers indicated the iPhone 14 Pro will do so.

Unfortunately, the iPhone 14 can be added to the list of Apple products that were said to switch to USB-C but ended up staying with Lightning. Stream Leaks ApplePro asserts that the iPhone 14 Pro versions won’t come with USB-C, anticipating that Apple will choose an improved Lightning connector with USB 3.0-like data transfer rates.

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A USB-C iPhone is on the way, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, but not before late 2023. In other words, if he’s right, the iPhone 14 won’t have USB-C, but the iPhone 15 might. Bloomberg has also stated that 2023 will be the year of USB-C and the iPhone, with Apple testing out new chargers and products in advance of the release of the iPhone 15 the following year.

iPhone 14: Software

When the iPhone 14 debuts in the autumn, assuming Apple follows the same pattern it has for the better part of a decade, it will have a new version of iOS. Since iOS 15 is the current version, iOS 16 is almost certainly coming soon.

Following Apple’s preview of iOS 16, we are now aware of the features the iPhone 14 will have. The new software also adds the option to modify Messages after you send them, changes to Maps and Wallet, a Safety Check function, and more. It also introduces the ability to add widgets to the lock screen (a prelude to the always-on display support rumored for the iPhone 14 Pro).

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For a sneak peek at the enhancements planned for the iPhone 14, you can download a public beta of iOS 16 this month.

iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro

According to all of the current rumors, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max may be in a class by themselves. We say that because telephoto zooms are once more supposed to be offered only by professionals. Furthermore, the rumored in-display Touch ID on the next iPhone 14 Pros would eliminate the notch in favor of a display with a punch hole.

Additionally, the 48MP main camera on the iPhone 14 Pro versions will apparently be far sharper than the 12MP sensor anticipated for the standard iPhone 14. Additionally, it’s probable that the iPhone 14 Pros will be the only models to include USB-C connectivity rather than a Lightning socket.

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The A16 Bionic silicon may power the iPhone 14 Pro, but the iPhone 14 is said to be running on the A15 Bionic silicon, which is one year old. For more details on the alleged differences, see our comparison of the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro.

Analyst Jeff Pu, though, thinks that Apple might give each of the four iPhone 14 variants a 120Hz display and 6GB of RAM this time around.

iPhone 14: what we’d like to see 

According to which speculations are essential for Apple’s next fall smartphones, we’ve ranked the iPhone 14 rumors. But here’s a summary of what the iPhone 14 is expected to offer. Here is what the iPhone SE (2022) has to say about the iPhone 14 now that it has been released.

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Prosser’s renderings of the iPhone 14 reveal a novel design and an appealing-looking device. But the appearance of Apple’s industrial design hasn’t changed significantly. Apple undoubtedly produces some of the most attractive smartphones available, but we’d want to see if the company could advance phone design further. Perhaps the iPhone 14 line will include the hotly anticipated iPhone Flip foldable phone.

No notch: We hope all the rumors we’re hearing about the iPhone 14 are true since it may have a notch-free display. If an under-display camera didn’t interfere with image or Face ID performance, we’d be interested in seeing one.

Even if Apple doesn’t use an in-display sensor to reintroduce Touch ID for the iPhone 14, we’d be reasonably confident in its return. Perhaps a Touch ID sensor, similar to the one on the iPad Air, might be built inside the side-mounted power button.

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Smarter features: Although Apple’s A-series semiconductors have always been powerful, we’d like to see the company focus more on AI capabilities, similar to what the Google Pixel 6 is expected to do with its Tensor chip. In order to compete with the Google Assistant, we will need a Siri that is smarter and more responsive. We will also need smarter features that serve up information or services to iPhone 14 users when they need them.

One of the best camera phones available is the iPhone 13 Pro Max, but we’d want to see Apple advance the hardware and software even further. The Pro Max currently has a modest edge over devices like the Google Pixel 6 and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. We’d like to see Apple deliver a camera and a phone photography experience with the iPhone 14 that completely destroys Android competitors, compelling them to step up their photography game with their next-generation phones. Catching up on the zoom front would also be beneficial.

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