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Apple is already hard at work on the iPhone 14, despite the fact that the iPhone 13 is highly successful. Thanks to a surprising number of leaks, we already have a solid idea of what the company may have in mind for its 2022 flagship line.
Since recent reports have suggested a new redesign, the removal of the Face ID notch, and an improved camera system as well, it may actually be a far more exciting update than what the iPhone 13 has to offer, if the speculations are true.
In light of this, we summarize the information currently available about the iPhone 14, including expected release and price information as well as the most recent leaks and rumors describing what to anticipate from Apple’s 2022 flagship iPhone series.
iPhone 14 Released date
Apple officially unveiled the iPhone 13 in September 2021, so we’re still quite some time away from the release of the next-gen iPhone 14.
While there aren’t any solid release date rumours right now, iPhone releases tend to happen in September – with the exception of 2020 amidst the pandemic – so with that in mind, we expect the iPhone 14 range to be released sometime in September 2022.
Don’t expect wide availability at launch though; it has been noted by Nikkei Asia that production on the new ‘iPhone 14 Max’ has suffered as part of the month-long Covid lockdowns in China, with a “rather slow” pace of reopening. The report claims Apple has told suppliers to speed up production development, but ultimately, there could be limited stock of the iPhone 14 Max if and when it does appear later this year.
We’ll update this section once we hear more, so check back frequently for the latest details, and if you can’t wait that long, take a look at our iPhone buying guide.
iPhone 14 Price
It’s far too early to make any firm predictions about cost, but the good news is that this year’s iPhone 13 range is priced the same as its predecessor, even if processor shortages will be a common occurrence in 2022 and drive up the price Apple must pay for components.
Although we shouldn’t necessarily expect the same from this year’s models, it’s encouraging to see that Apple is making an effort to keep the iPhone at its current price.
Apparently the base phone will start at $799 – the iPhone 13 starts at $799 / £779 / AU$1,349, so that fits – with the iPhone 14 Max going for $100 more than that. We’ve similarly elsewhere heard that the iPhone 14 will have a similar starting price to the iPhone 13.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are said to go for $1,099 and $1,199 respectively, which would mean each would be $100 more than the starting price of their predecessors.
iPhone 14 Desing
The biggest news on the iPhone 14’s design comes from one big leak, which includes unofficial renders of the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
You can see one of these below, and it includes a punch-hole camera instead of a notch, with the Face ID components presumably being under the screen. It also doesn’t really have a camera bump, with the lenses sitting almost flat on the back – a thing that is apparently achieved by making the phone thicker
The back is a semi-glossy glass, the volume buttons are shown to be round, and it apparently has titanium sides, in place of stainless steel on the iPhone 13 Pro Max. You can also see that there’s still a triple-lens camera and a Lightning port.
The colors shown here aren’t official (though the source claims to have seen a rose gold model), and it’s worth also noting that this design is thought to only apply to the Pro models, with the iPhone 14 (and iPhone 14 Max if there is one) likely to still have a notch. It’s not currently clear which if any of the other design details here could make it to the standard models.
Given that this information originates from Jon Prosser, a source with a chequered past, and that the iPhone 14 Pro series would still include a notch (although a smaller one), as well as perhaps a punch-hole, we would of course proceed with extreme caution.
But Prosser is often right, and both Mark Gurman and Ming-Chi Kuo (two leakers with excellent track records for Apple information) have since said that the notch will be replaced with a punch-hole camera, as more recently has The Elec.
Another leaker has chimed in to say the same too, though they claim that the camera cut-out will be pill-shaped, suggesting that it might be bigger than most punch-hole cameras.
Ross Young – a supply-chain expert in the world of smartphone displays – has said he believes the company will adopt a “hole + pill” design of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. That will mean a pill-shaped cutout, as well as a smaller hole that will still be visible – a theory backed up with a leaked schematic cut out.
More sources have now agreed with this, and leaked CAD renders visible below show this design too, though they don’t show the rear camera changes you can see further up.
In fact, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max might actually have a slightly bigger camera bump than the iPhone 13 Pro range according to leaked schematics. This is reportedly due to the use of a new 48MP sensor (more on which further down).
All that said, Gurman has said the iPhone 14 range will include “a hole-punch-sized notch”, and it’s not clear from that whether he means a small notch or an actual punch-hole, so there’s still some uncertainty about the design.
Elsewhere, we’ve heard that the Pro models could use a titanium alloy for their frame. This would likely be stronger than the materials used in current models, and this source also claims there will be an iPhone 14 Max in place of an iPhone 14 mini.
iPhone 14 Display
Reputable leaker Ming-Chi Kuo claims that there will be two 6.1-inch iPhone 14 models (a standard one and a Pro), and two 6.7-inch ones (a Pro Max and a Max).
We’ve also heard more detailed screen specs from Ross Young (another leaker with a good track record). Young claims that the iPhone 14 will have a 6.06-inch 1170 x 2532 OLED screen with a 60Hz refresh rate and 460 pixels per inch. The iPhone 14 Pro will apparently have similar screen specs, but with a 120Hz variable refresh rate.
Then the iPhone 14 Pro Max is said to have a 6.68-inch 1284 x 2778 OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and 458 pixels per inch. There’s also apparently going to be an iPhone 14 Max (taking the place of the mini) with basically the same screen specs but a 60Hz refresh rate.
Another source has also suggested that the two cheaper models will be stuck with 60Hz screens, just like in the current range. That said, we’ve more recently heard that Apple is considering a 120Hz screen for the iPhone 14 Max, but that the decision hasn’t yet been made.
A leak has also suggested that all four iPhone 14 models could have 120Hz screens. This is quite an old leak and is at odds with one above, but this claim has been made again more recently, so we’re not sure what’s right here.
And there’s also a patent for a technology that could make the iPhone screen stronger, without making it any thicker. That would be a nice addition, but patents often don’t turn into anything, so don’t count on seeing this.
iPhone 14 Camera
The iPhone 14 Pro Max has a triple-lens camera, as depicted in the unofficial renders above, and a different source also points to this phone (as well as the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Max) having a triple-lens camera. In contrast, it appears that the iPhone 14 will continue to use two lenses.
So that doesn’t sound like much change from the iPhone 13 range, though the specifications of the lenses and sensors may well differ.
Indeed, Ming-Chi Kuo (an analyst with a great track record for Apple information) has claimed that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will each have a 48MP main camera, up from 12MP on the current models. This would apparently be capable of recording 8K video, and it’s something he’s more recently reiterated, and in December 2021 reiterated again, so he seems very sure of this.
Plus, another analyst has also joined Kuo in that claim saying that they expect both the Pro models in 2022 to feature 48MP cameras. That isn’t confirmation, but it certainly helps Kuo’s original claim.
There are also rumors of a periscope camera in the works (for long range optical zoom), and we’ve even seen a patent supporting these claims. However, most sources suggest this is further out – probably landing on the iPhone 15 or later.
Then there’s the front camera, which could be improved for every phone in the iPhone 14 line, with multiple sources pointing to the addition of autofocus. We’ve also heard that it might have extra elements in the lens, and a change in aperture.
iPhone 14 Specs and Features
One thing we’re almost certain of is that the iPhone 14 range will have a new chipset, probably called the A16 or the A16 Bionic. According to Ross Young, this would be made on a 4nm process, which suggests it could be a reasonable boost on the 5nm A15 Bionic in the iPhone 13 range.
In fact, the process could even be moved down to 3nm, according to DigiTimes (via MacRumors
That said, we’ve more recently heard that a 5nm process could be used once again, as TSMC (the company that’s producing the chipset) is apparently struggling to switch to a 3nm (or 4nm) process. This is something we’ve now heard multiple times.
We’ve also heard that potentially only the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max would get this chipset, with the basic models being stuck with the A15 Bionic. The same source says to expect 6GB of RAM in every model.
That split in chipsets has now been mentioned by multiple sources, with one explaining that this could be because Apple is so focused on new Mac chipsets that its iPhone chip production is taking a back seat.
Another leak also suggests both the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will feature 8GB of RAM. 6GB of RAM is the most we’ve seen on an iPhone, so far. Though we’ve elsewhere heard that every model will have 6GB of RAM, which would be an upgrade for the cheaper ones, but not for the Pro handsets.
On the storage front, the Pro models of the iPhone 13 increased the maximum amount of internal storage you could buy from 512MB to 1TB, and we’re hearing that the iPhone 14 Pro phones could double that again – all the way to 2TB.
Beyond that, some sources reckon we could see under-display Touch ID on the iPhone 14, though Mark Gurman (a leaker with a great track record for Apple information) has said that while Apple apparently tested this, the company is now all-in on Face ID, so it sounds like this probably won’t happen – and if it does, it’s likely to be as well as Face ID rather than instead.
Another source has also said under-display Touch ID won’t happen, so this looks very unlikely.
Another rumored but unlikely feature is a switch from a Lightning port to USB-C. Apple is reportedly considering this for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, but as yet only one source has pointed in this direction, so we’re skeptical.
What the iPhone 14 range is sure to include though is 5G support, while a patent suggests it might also have a new form of 3D Touch, which would use haptic feedback to make interactions more intuitive. But as with all patents we wouldn’t count on anything coming of this one.
There’s also talk that Apple could switch from a physical SIM card to an eSIM (which you wouldn’t be able to remove). The iPhone 13 range already has this but it’s in addition to a physical one, not instead. However, if Apple does go eSIM-only with any iPhone 14, it will probably also offer models that have both kinds.
iPhone 14 Battery
In terms of the battery, it sounds like there could be improvements there, with one source saying it will be larger in the next models, and another saying the phones will be thicker – which could leave room for a larger one.
In terms of the battery, it sounds like there could be improvMore specifically, a leaker has claimed that the iPhone 14 may have a 3,279mAh battery, the iPhone 14 Pro may have a 3,200mAh one, the iPhone 14 Max may have a 4,325mAh one, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max may have a 4,323mAh one.
Those would all be upgrades except in the case of the Pro Max, which would be a slight downgrade – though we’d take this leak with an extra helping of salt, as the source has cast doubt on it.
When it comes time to charge, you might be making use of a MagSafe charger rather than the Lightning port based on one patent, though notably early unofficial renders show the Lightning port intact.
We’d be surprised if Apple did ditch the Lightning port on the iPhone 14, but a new EU plan could mean that its days are numbered.