Apple is expected to launch the new iPhone 14 at its September 7 event. This one got an early start on the rumor mill, with the first bits of news coming in before the iPhone 13 had even made its debut. Phones take a long time to build, and conditions like the ongoing pandemic and chip shortage could have some forced changes in the plans before launch. Whatever the case, what’s important now is that the iPhone 14 is coming — and it’s almost here.
Here’s everything we know so far about the iPhone 14 series.
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Apple has shipped multiple iPhone models since the iPhone 5S, and the iPhone 14 is expected to be no different. Unlike the iPhone 13 and the iPhone 12 before it, however, the 14 is predicted by multiple analysts to be discarding the expected 5.4-inch iPhone 14 Mini model.
Instead, Apple may instead release a new iPhone 14 Max — a 6.7-inch version of the regular iPhone 14 (and equip both with the currently iPhone Pro-exclusive 120Hz ProMotion displays). This will be the same size as the current iPhone 13 Pro Max model and offer a bigger screen and a larger battery, and it should be perfect for those who want a large screen iPhone experience without paying a premium for the Pro model’s better camera.
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Depending on who you ask, the iPhone 14 will either feature a design revamp that will change the look Apple has favored for the last four generations of iPhones or it may simply be more of the same. It could even be both! Renders submitted by leaker Jon Prosser hint that Apple will be adopting the hole-punch design that’s preferred by Android phones. This would mean the removal of the now-iconic notch and the adoption of an in-display fingerprint sensor in place of Face ID or the implementation of an under-display Face ID.
A later report from South Korea’s The Elec pins Samsung and LG as candidates to supply the displays for notch-less iPhones, and they’ll be iPhone Pro-exclusive. This will be a visual differentiator between the iPhone 14 Pro/iPhone 14 Pro Max and older or cheaper iPhones, if true. Given The Elec’s track record with supply chain reports, this does make it more likely than not that Apple is adopting a novel design for the iPhone 14 Pro.
There are a handful of images making the internet rounds of “dummy models” of the iPhone 14 where we can see what a notch-less Apple phone would look like. Leaker Ice Universe shared an image on Twitter that gives us a solid look at the camera and sensor setup, as well as what sort of bezel we can expect on the upcoming iPhone. Based on the picture, it looks about how you’d expect. However, it’s important to remember that it’s not a finalized version of the iPhone 14 Pro, so it’s certainly possible that it could change.
iPhone 14 Pro dummy pic.twitter.com/vjKlImLufN
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) August 25, 2022
The iPhone 14 could also keep the squared-off edges and elongated buttons Apple introduced with the iPhone 12, and there may be no camera bump at the rear for the first time. Prosser’s renders are backed up by earlier reporting by reputable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who also claimed that Apple would be dropping the notch on 2022 iPhone models. A further report from Mark Gurman in his January Power On newsletter corroborated that the iPhone 14 series would have a cut-out for Face ID on the top, with this and a report from Dylandkt adding that the punch-hole would be pill-shaped. This shape would be a differentiator from Android devices, which often have a simple circle, allowing iPhones to retain a distinct silhouette.
Going even further, Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), says that Apple would be putting both a pill and a circle cutout side by side. This would be a first in modern smartphones, with even Android phones that have similar aesthetics choosing between one or the other. You won’t be confusing the iPhone 14 for another iPhone — or any other smartphone — if true.
We now believe Apple will have a hole + pill design on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models. The smaller hole will not be invisible…The two hole concept will be unique to Apple, like the notch, not similar to all the pill models from Huawei…Let's see those new renders pic.twitter.com/Udt8cTKzPZ
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) January 12, 2022
Renders from 91Mobiles have emerged purporting to show off the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14. If these renders prove accurate, the iPhone 14 would be a lot like the iPhone 13, contradicting the renders from Prosser. The 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max would be, in contrast, a little taller than the iPhone 14 and 14 Max to accommodate the Face ID components that would typically have resided in the absent notch. It would be the first time since the iPhone X and iPhone 8 that Apple would release a pair of iPhones with different form factors. Videos later emerged online from leaker Sonny Dickson, showing off what claimed to be dummy models of the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro.
Colors are as follows this year:
iPhone 14 gets: Green, Purple, Blue, Black, White and Red. (Pink is replaced with purple from what I'm told) ????
iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max gets: Green, Purple, Silver, Gold, and Graphite. Purple takes the place of Sierra Blue as I'm told ???
— McGuire Wood ? Lost Lands 2022 (@Jioriku) August 3, 2022
As for colors, the iPhone 14 is rumored to come in green, purple, blue, black, white, and red, while the iPhone 14 Pro would be shipping in green, purple, silver, gold, and graphite. It would be the first time an iPhone “Pro” model shipped in purple, if true. A handful of “dummy models” of the iPhone 14 have been spotted in Asia, showcasing the wide range of the iPhone 14’s color palette. Notably, the leaks show that the new purple color exists in multiple different shades depending on how the light hits it.
Purple only appears at certain angles.
source: https://t.co/K6WqjdBKgM pic.twitter.com/7fySSCoAN4
— DuanRui (@duanrui1205) August 25, 2022
Apple is expected to be making a few quality-of-life tweaks with the iPhone 14. There’s likely going to be a new A16 chip to replace the A15 introduced with the iPhone 13 and iPad Mini, though it’s not yet clear what part of the iPhone experience Apple will prioritize with this chip.
More interestingly, Apple is said to be dividing the processor of the new iPhone between the A16 for the iPhones 14 Pro and Pro Max, with the iPhone 14 and 14 Max sticking with the tried-and-true A15 (as per Ming-Chi Kuo).
Only two Pro models would upgrade to the A16 processor, while the 14 & 14 Max will remain the A15. All four new models will likely come with 6GB RAM, with the difference being LPDDR 5 (14 Pro & 14 Pro Max) vs. LPDDR 4X (14 & 14 Max). https://t.co/tHcszIz6gX
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) March 13, 2022
Kuo also adds that Apple would be shipping all four devices with 6GB of RAM. This counters earlier reports that the iPhone Pro devices would ship with 8GB of RAM. This report came first from analyst Jeff Pu at Haitong International Securities before being retracted. A later rumor on the K