iPhone 14 Pro: Everything you need to know

iPhone 14 Pro: Everything you need to know

All the iPhone 14 Pro rumors and leaks in one place. With a probable design that differs noticeably from the iPhone 13 Pro, Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro is expected to be the device that shakes up the iPhone lineup. The death of the notch to the reinstatement of Touch ID have all been mentioned in the rumors thus far.

Even if the iPhone 13 Pro is excellent, there is debate as to whether it represents a significant advancement over the model it replaces. Additionally, since the release of the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone hasn’t advanced significantly.

In the face of stiff competition from the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and the Google Pixel 7, it looks like Apple will need to bring its A-game to the iPhone 14 Pro; our iPhone 14 Pro Max vs Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra face-off has more on that battle.

Fortunately, based on the leaks and rumors we have heard thus far, Apple’s upcoming Pro model may be accomplishing that. And the iPhone 14 Pro might differ significantly from the other iPhone 14 models in some significant ways.

Everything you need to know: release date and price

Going by all the rumors so far, we reckon September 13 will be the launch date for the iPhone 14 range.

After that, we can expect pre-orders of the iPhone 14 range to go live the Friday after the Apple event, September 16, with the phones being released a week later, likely on Friday September 23. This would be 10 days after the rumored Apple event. 

somewhat trustworthy leaker Leaks Three of the four iPhone 14 versions, according to ApplePro, are expected to see price increases, but this is undoubtedly just a rumor. But given that a later source also asserts that an iPhone 14 Pro price increase is imminent, it appears that many people are getting into this idea.

Based on these rumors, the iPhone 14 Pro would start at $1,099, which is a $100 hike over the $999 iPhone 13 Pro. And the iPhone 14 Pro Max may see a similar $100 increase, hitting $1,199. This relatively significant leap in launch price would certainly sting the wallet of anyone hoping to score a high-end next-gen iPhone 14. 

To understand how the Pro series will differ from the normal iPhone and perhaps to justify that higher price, do also check out our early look at the iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro.

Everything you need to know: Design

The iPhone 14 Pro may undergo significant alterations, according to a set of renders presented by tipster Jon Prosser that are purportedly based on leaked information.

Three cameras are depicted flush with the back of the iPhone 14 Pro in Prosser’s renderings. However, if that sounds appealing, you might be let down by other competing schematics, which depict the iPhone 14 Pro versions as resembling their iPhone 13 predecessors. The iPhone 14 Pro reportedly features a larger version of the elevated camera array and is 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Other reports also have the rear camera module tipped to get bigger. The reason for this according to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is that a larger module is needed to house a 48MP camera. As a result, another leak claims the corners of the iPhone 14 Pro (but not the Pro Max) will be getting rounder to better match the curved corners of the new module.

Perhaps the most notable rumored design change for the iPhone 14 Pro is the removal of the now infamous display notch. Display analyst Ross Young expects Apple to offer a pill-shaped cutout for Face ID along with a punch hole, so there would be two cutouts. This design is now seemingly locked in according to rumors from EverythingApplePro.

An alleged schematic from a leaker on Weibo shows what a notch-free iPhone 14 Pro design could look like. We’re not sure this would be an improvement over the notch, though.

These rumors were given more credence with what appears to be a leaked supply chain photo showing off the display panels for all four iPhone 14 models.

While the cutouts seems to be happening for the iPhone 14 Pro models, the standard iPhone will need to wait another year before it gets a notch-less display, according to rumors. That should further boost the appeal of going pro with the next iPhone.

Another suite of CAD renders have given us yet another taste of what the iPhone 14 Pro could look like with a notch-less design. The somewhat asymmetrical look seems rather un-Apple but it’s definitely distinctive.

Some iPhone 14 mock-ups posted by Alibaba and published by Macotakara give us the greatest idea of what all the design revisions have resulted in. In the case of the iPhone 14 models, in addition to the two cutouts on the front display, you can also see the larger camera module. According to Macotakara, this larger module prevents iPhone 13 Pro cases from fitting the iPhone 14 Pro.

Early on, there were some rumors that Touch ID would come back as an in-display fingerprint scanner. The likelihood of this is still up for debate. 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.

But with iOS 15.4, Apple has made it so that Face ID can recognize a legitimate user even when they are wearing a mask. it works remarkably well, meaning Apple may have bypassed the need for fingerprint-centric biometrics.

Only one leak has mentioned the iPhone 14 Pro’s color possibilities. According to a Chinese leaker, this year’s new choice for the popular Graphite, Silver, and Gold Pro iPhone hues would be a deep purple. That is depicted below in a different set of renders created by artist Souta.

The addition of the purple option was the most significant shift from the state of iPhone 14 color rumors as of May, according to a summary by MacRumors. 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.

As for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, the new purple hue would join silver, gold and graphite as the reported color options. Both the Sierra Blue color available since the iPhone 13 Pro’s launch and the Alpine Green version introduced in the spring would be dropped from the lineup.

Everything you need to know: USB-C

According to some reports, Apple may eventually switch to USB-C ports with the iPhone 14 Pro, which would make sense given how many of its products already support USB-C. More recent speculations, however, suggest that Apple will continue to use Lightning rather than USB-C while switching to improved Lightning connectors with faster USB 3.0 data transfer. That occurs at a time when the EU is getting closer to making USB-C the default charger for portable electronics like phones.

For some people, USB-C on the iPhone 14 Pro would be a must-have feature. In fact, the Lightning connector is arguably the worst thing about the iPhone , as it can wear out over time. This can make it very difficult to charge your phone. Unfortunately, Apple is unlikely to abandon Lightning unless it has to, given how established the standard, and its ecosystem of accessories already is.

However, Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple won’t make the switch to USB-C for the iPhone until the latter half of 2023. If he is right, which a recent Bloomberg report implies he is, then the iPhone 15 will be the first device to officially support USB-C.

Everything you need to know: Display

The 120Hz dynamic refresh rate display on the iPhone 13 Pro was one of the largest improvements it offered. When a quick refresh rate was required, the screen could switch from 120Hz to as little as 10Hz thanks to the usage of an LTPO panel, which helped preserve battery life.

According to some rumors, the iPhone 14 Pro could build upon this and scale down to as little as 1Hz, reducing the power drain of a display. And this could enable the reported use of an always-on display. Long rumored to be an upcoming feature for next-gen iPhones, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has claimed the iPhone 14 Pro will finally get an always-on display and it’ll be used to show “weather, calendars, stocks, activities and other data” on the lock screen, with the a low refresh rate helping preserve battery life. The revamped iOS 16 lock screen previewed by Apple in June seems to set the stage for this feature.

In contrast, the standard iPhone 14 models are now tipped to get a 90Hz display, which would be an upgrade over the 60Hz of the iPhone 13 but not quite up there with the Pro phones.

As for screen sizes, according to Ross Young, the iPhone 14 Pro could increase in size from 6.06 inches to 6.12 inches, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max from 6.68 to 6.69 inches. This will apparently be because of rumored slimmer bezels and new notch design.

Everything you need to know: cameras

The iPhone 14 Pro is expected to use the same three cameras as previous Pro models: a primary, ultrawide, and telephoto array, so don’t expect a significant change in that regard. That’s not a bad thing, considering that Apple phones frequently appear on our list of the best photography phones.

But one leak has the iPhone 14 Pro tipped to get a 48MP main camera, which could finally make a change from the 12MP cameras Apple has used for years. While Cupertino’s computational photography is some of the best around, having more megapixels to play with would likely give the iPhone 14 Pro more scope when it comes to processing light and details; we could be at a time where megapixels matter once more to Apple.

But a regular Apple tipster has the standard iPhone 14 models tipped to stick with 12MP cameras, with only the Pro models expected to get a 48MP main camera.

No changes have been touted for the ultrawide camera, but we’d be surprised if some effort wasn’t made to improve the field of view and help remove some edge distortion. 

And there’s scope for the telephoto camera to get a zoom boost, as an Apple patent points toward the company working on a periscope-style zoom camera. If such a feature was going to debut in an iPhone, it would be for the iPhone 14 Pro. But to muddy the waters, Apple oracle Ming-Chi Kuo claims the periscope camera won’t appear until the iPhone 15 in 2023.

All varieties of the iPhone 14 will reportedly receive an enhanced front-facing camera, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. This appears to incorporate a new, larger aperture, a more intricate 6-part lens, and the first use of autofocus. Together, these improvements should make it possible for the iPhone’s selfie camera to capture photographs that are more vivid, easier to concentrate on, and less prone to distortion.

Everything you need to know: Specs and battery life

The A16 Bionic chip, which is said to have better performance overall than the A15 Bionic, is anticipated to replace the A15 Bionic with the iPhone 14 Pro series.

However, a suite of rumors thus far have the iPhone 14 tipped to stick with the A15 Bionic chip, which would create a disparity between the models core specs. This would be a first for Apple as it has always equipped new iPhones with upgraded silicon. Ming Chi-Kuo has thrown his weight behind this chip rumor, adding that Apple plans to ship more iPhone 14 Pro models than standard iPhone 14s.

The latest A16 processor will be exclusive to two iPhone 14 Pro/high-end models, significantly boosting the shipment proportion of new iPhone high-end models in 2H22 to 55-60% (vs. 40–50% in the past),” Kup wrote in a Medium post. This will likely mean Apple leans hard in promoting the iPhone 14 Pro over the iPhone 14.

The iPhone 14 Pro is likely to offer a distinct hike in processor, graphics and neural processing performance over the A15 Bionic. How much that will be noticeable to the average user might not be so clear. Storage is likely to go up to 1TB, but there have been no solid storage rumors for the iPhone 14 Pro yet. 

A source from Weibo claiming to know the battery capacities of the iPhone 14 family shows that all models except the iPhone 14 Pro Max will be getting a slight increase in size. The 14 Pro Max is in fact shrinking a little, but hopefully not enough to impact the phone’s overall battery life.

We’d be confident that the iPhone 14 Pro will match or exceed the 11 hours and 42 minutes the iPhone 13 Pro did in our battery test, which forces the phone to endlessly reload web pages on a cellular connection until it dies. The iPhone 13 Pro Max managed a lengthy 12 hours and 16 minutes, so we’d expect the iPhone 14 Pro Max to do the same or better as Apple boost chip and phone efficiency.

As for 5G, we’re expecting the iPhone 14 Pro to use a new smaller 5G modem chip. The smaller size should mean it takes less power to run, and that there could be extra room for the battery to expand into. That would mean the already impressive battery life of the iPhone 13 can be improved upon even more.

Sadly, it’s looking like the iPhone 14 Pro might miss out on the advancements made by Qualcomm’s new 5G chip, the Snapdragon X70. The chip will include a 5G AI processor, the first of its kind, which should allow the modem system to use artificial intelligence to optimize a phone’s antenna and better manage 5G beams going to and from a 5G phone. Qualcomm figures that will be particularly useful for mmWave-based 5G networks in places like stadiums and arenas, though AI can also help manage sub-6GHz 5G signals as well.

The iPhone 14 Pro might get satellite network connectivity in addition to cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity. Emergency satellite communications are reportedly a possibility for the iPhone 14 models, according to trustworthy tipsters. That feature originally surfaced in the run-up to last year’s iPhone 13 launch; however, the capability didn’t come in time for those phones. The concept is that you can text emergency services to inform them of your location when you’re in an area without reliable cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity.

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