The iPhone 14 could be the most significant update in years. Up to this point, here’s what we know.
Since a new year means a new iPhone, the iPhone 14 speculations are gaining traction. True, Apple’s current top-of-the-line phone is the iPhone 13, but September will be here before you know it. When it happens, Apple’s next iPhones will follow suit.
However, because it’s still early in the rumor cycle, we recommend that you scrutinize the facts so far; we’ve done just that here. We’ve also broken out the seven most rumored iPhone 14 enhancements so far.
The most recent iPhone 14 rumors
According to a fresh supply chain rumor, the iPhone 14 Max is expected to have an LG 120Hz panel, although the basic iPhone 14 may only have a 60Hz display.
According to a rumor inside Apple’s supply chain, at least one iPhone 14 model will be missing the notch on its display. However, the same report claims that the regular iPhone 14 will not include a fast-refreshing display. Without this key rumored upgrade: Touch ID, the iPhone 14 could be meaningless.
iPhone 14 possible release date and price
Phone market experts haven’t heard anything about an iPhone 14 release date. However, based on previous Apple iPhone launch events, the iPhone 14 is expected to appear in September 2022.
It’s also difficult to predict the cost. However, experts expect the iPhone 14 will be priced similarly to the iPhone 13, which starts at $799 for the standard model and $999 for the iPhone 13 Pro. However, there may be no iPhone 14 small at all, thus a larger 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max with a price of $899 seems likely.
The iPhone 14 Pro could cost $999 and the iPhone 14 Pro Max could cost $1,099 or more after that.
If you’re debating between the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 13, we’ve compiled a list of reasons why you should get the iPhone 13 now rather than waiting for the iPhone 14.
Is there no iPhone 14 mini?
Apple has introduced a new iPhone 13 tiny, despite the iPhone 12 mini’s supposedly weak sales. However, the small could be phased out after then, as Apple is rumored to be reorganizing its iPhone 14 lineup for 2022. Along with the ordinary 6.1-inch iPhone 14, a larger iPhone 14 Plus or Max could be released. As a result, there will be two iPhone 14 models with regular-sized screens and two iPhone 14 models with larger screens.
This was supported by Prosser, who stated in a video that the iPhone 14 Max will be the successor for a tiny phone, with only a 6.7-inch display and consequently a high price tag. Given the demand for larger phones, a huge but more cheap iPhone might be exactly what iPhone enthusiasts are looking for.
The iPhone 14 will be phased out, but that isn’t the only significant change. All of the major rumored differences between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 can be found in the iPhone 14 versus iPhone 13 comparison.
iPhone 14 design
According to Jon Prosser’s Front Page Tech video, the iPhone 14 will resemble a hybrid between an iPhone 12 and an iPhone 4, with flat sides. However, a mute button and a group of circular buttons for the volume center, reminiscent of the iPhone 4, might be found on those borders.
The iPhone 14’s sides are rumored to be constructed of titanium, making it tougher and stronger than prior iPhones, while the rear retains the glass surface but appears to have a satin-like sheen. There have been reports that the next-generation iPhone will be portless, but Prosser believes that the iPhone 14 will keep its Lightning ports.
A further modification for the iPhone 14 is that the trio of rear cameras will no longer protrude from the iPhone’s back but will instead rest flush with it. This is a possibility, given advances in camera sensor technology and lens production.
Mark Gurman of Bloomberg has offered his opinions on the iPhone 14 rumors, claiming that the next Apple phone would be “completely redesigned,” putting it distinct from the iPhone 13.
A set of iPhone 14 concept renders incorporates the majority of these design modifications, resulting in an Apple phone we’d want to see.
iPhone 14 display
The iPhone 14 lineup is expected to be shaken up, with a normal iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro sporting a 6.1-inch display and a probable iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max sporting a 6.7-inch display. So there will be no more 5.4-inch minis.
Considering that the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max have a 120Hz refresh rate display, it would be fantastic if all iPhone 14 models had one as well, most likely using an LTPO panel or a variant of that technology.
According to a new supply chain report, the iPhone 14 Max, also known as the iPhone 14 Plus, would include a 120Hz refresh rate display.
In this scenario, LG is rumored to be the screen manufacturer, though it’s unknown whether the normal iPhone 14 will gain a faster refresh rate or stick to 60Hz. According to The Elec, at least one iPhone 14 model will include an LTPS display, implying that the 60Hz panel will remain. Following supply chain rumors, it appears that the regular iPhone 14 will be without a fast-refreshing display.
Considering that an always-on display was rumored for the iPhone 13 but never made it into the current iPhone, it would seem natural for the iPhone 14.
The removal of the now-famous display notch is one of the most persistent speculations surrounding next-generation iPhones. It hasn’t gone the way of the dodo, despite being shrunk down in the iPhone 13 range.
However, the iPhone 14 is expected to be the last to ditch the notch, with Apple opting for a punch-hole front-facing camera, as seen on many of the top Android phones. Prosser’s images, which are allegedly based on leaked material, indicate how the iPhone 14 could feature a selfie camera in a punch-hole cutout on the phone’s left side. That would return a significant portion of the iPhone’s top screen to it.
This speculation was bolstered by a report claiming that the iPhone 14 Pro will feature a notch-free design. According to a second supply chain leak, LG’s iPhone 14 Pro Max screens will include a punch-hole camera cutout rather than a notch. It’s unclear if the notch-free display will be available on all iPhone 14 variants. However, we’d be astonished if Apple kept the current notch on the ordinary iPhone 14 models and only added the punch-hole camera to the Pro variants.
All of this begs the question of where the Face ID sensors will be placed. Apple is rumored to be putting the sensors under the OLED display, but display specialist Ross Young claims that “under the panel, Face ID isn’t finished yet,” but that “it is easier than under panel camera.” There’s a rumor that if Apple goes go with an under-display Face ID, it’ll only be available on the iPhone 14 Pro variants.
iPhone 14 Touch ID
The return of Touch ID is expected to be one of the most striking differences between the iPhone 14 and its predecessors. Instead of being built into a power button, the fingerprint sensor is expected to be buried beneath the iPhone 14’s display, similar to how many fingerprint sensors on the top Android phones are.
According to a recent report, the iPhone 13 Pro versions would have a Touch ID that is hidden beneath the display. However, the tipster was sure to point out that this version of Touch ID is still being tested, and it’s “unclear” if we’ll see it.
The iPhone 14 will not have an in-display Touch ID, according to a separate leak from @PandaIsBald on Weibo in a since-deleted post.
iPhone 14 cameras
We’re starting to hear more about the iPhone 14 cameras, and the speculation is starting to heat up. According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 14 Pro models would have a 48MP primary sensor, which would be a significant upgrade from the iPhone 13’s 12MP camera.
Another source claims that both models of the iPhone 14 Pro would have a 48MP main camera, as well as a telephoto lens and an ultra-wide-angle snapper.
Better telephoto capabilities would also be welcome, as the iPhone currently trails the Samsung Galaxy S21 in this regard.
According to one Apple patent, the company is working on a periscope-style zoom camera, which might appear on the iPhone 14, or at the very least the Pro variants. Ming-Chi Kuo, on the other hand, now claims that the periscope camera will not come until the iPhone 15 in 2023.
iPhone 14 specs, battery life, and charging
So far, we just have nuggets of information about the iPhone 14’s likely specifications. We’re fairly convinced that Apple’s A-series semiconductor design will be used in the iPhone in 2022. The chip, which is expected to be the A16, will almost probably provide a significant jump in CPU and graphics performance above the A15 Bionic rumored for the iPhone 13.
The iPhone 14 is expected to use a TSMC 4nm chip, which would be even smaller and more efficient than the iPhone 13’s 5nm A15 Bionic. However, according to a new source, TSMC is having trouble creating the smaller chips, which means the iPhone 14 will likely continue with a 5nm processor.
If that’s the case, it’ll be the first time an iPhone has had the same-size system-on-chip for three years.
Following Apple’s acquisition of Intel’s modem division, it’s also possible that the iPhone 14 may include an Apple-made 5G modem. This would probably allow Apple more control over 5G performance as well as the influence on battery life.
The CPU will reportedly be combined with 8GB of RAM, at least for the iPhone 14 Pro variants, giving these phones a significant performance bump.
On the storage front, we expect Apple will stick with its iPhone 13 storage options, which start at 128GB and go up to 1TB for the Pro models.
However, according to a recent report, the iPhone 14 would include a massive 2TB of onboard storage. We’re suspicious of an iPhone having the largest storage on a smartphone to date, given that no Samsung phone offers it and Samsung has traditionally been liberal with storage.
Given the availability of ProRez video, which may eat up storage, it would seem reasonable for Apple to expand the storage capacity of its Pro phones. However, such a rumor should be taken with a grain of salt.
iPhone 14 USB-C
One of the most persistent rumors about the iPhone 14 is that it will ditch the Lightning connection in favor of USB-C. Prosser, as previously said, has expressed skepticism about this. Other leakers, on the other hand, have praised the USB-C rumor, claiming that the iPhone 14 Pro will include USB-C.
With the European Union aiming to require device makers to adopt uniform charging and cable standards by 2024, the Lightning port’s days may be limited; after all, Apple has a significant European presence. However, whether Apple will make such a shift in time for the iPhone 14 remains to be seen.
iPhone 14: Software
The iPhone 14 will appear in the fall with a new version of Apple’s iOS software, assuming Apple follows the path it’s followed for the past decade. Because we’re on iOS 15, the next release is almost certainly going to be iOS 16. (unless Apple ditches numbers like it did with macOS).
Researchers haven’t heard much about Apple’s planned iOS 16 software improvements, and we aren’t expecting to until the company’s annual developer conference in June. Apple has already been busy on the software front this month, with iOS 15.2 delivering several changes to the iPhone.