The iPhone 14 won’t be released until the start of the 2022 school year, but rumors are already swirling about Apple’s upcoming smartphones. Design, size, price and technical characteristics… Numerama helps you see things more clearly.
In a few weeks, probably around September 10, the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro will have successors. In this article, we collect everything leaks and hypotheses on the iPhone 14 and its possible versions (iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max). It will be regularly updated according to new information published. Remember, however, that we are talking about rumors here, and that you should read each information with great care while waiting for Apple’s formalization. However, the closer we get to September, the more reliable the rumors are.
To wait before releasing new models, do not hesitate to consult our guide to the best Apple smartphones to choose in 2022 (iPhone 13 Pro? 13 mini? SE?) to make the most informed choice .
Notch or bubble on the screen? All the rumors about the iPhone 14
4 versions of the iPhone 14
In 2022, Apple will still sell four different versions of its iPhone. However, for the first time since 2020, there will be no mini version. However, Apple is reportedly offering a Max version of the iPhone 14 aimed at those who do not want to opt for a more expensive model, but want a large screen. The catalog will be as follows:
- iPhone 14 (6.1 inch)
- iPhone 14 Max (6.7 inch)
- iPhone 14 Pro (6.1 inches)
- iPhone 14 Pro Max (6.7 inches)
Two diagonals will be offered, 6.1 and 6.7 inches. Users only have to choose between standard models and premium versions, with better materials and exclusive functions.
Why does the mini disappear?
Apparently, the sales of the iPhone 12 mini were not satisfactory (to the point where the production lines have been stopped). For more than a year, all the rumors agree on the end of the most compact iPhone in 2022. The analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, recognized as having knowledge about Apple, announced for several months that the iPhone 13 mini is the last of its kind. No offense to the fans of this format, the 5.4-inch iPhone should not return in 2022.
A double whammy with the iPhone 14 Pro?
What if the iPhone 14 no longer has a notch? This is the big rumor that spread in September 2021 and has continued to develop since then. A video by influencer Jon Prosser revealed it first, serious media like The Elec later confirmed his claims.
In January 2021, the analyst Ross Young, whose area of specialization is shown, announced that Apple is really preparing to eliminate the notch. However, it provides more accurate information than its predecessors. This innovation is reserved for the Pro and Pro Max models and, above all, sees the introduction of a double punch. The front camera will be hidden in a small circle while the Face ID system will be placed in a pill. So there is no complete elimination of the notch.
Since then, all the leaks have gone in the direction of this double punch. Many supposed images of Apple’s 3D plans present this unique beauty. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will retain the iPhone 13 notch.
A constant screen for the iPhone 14 Pro?
Thanks to their ProMotion screens, the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are able to change their refresh rate to improve the fluidity of the display. They can be from 10 to 120 Hz, while the iPhone 13 is always at 60 Hz.
All iPhone 14s should inherit ProMotion technology, but the iPhone 14 Pro may go even further. We are talking about an improved OLED panel with the ability to vary between 1 Hz and 120 Hz, which will allow Apple to activate a function known to Android smartphone owners: the always on screen. Even in standby, the iPhone 14 Pro will show the time and notifications. The redesign of the lock screen in iOS 16 goes in this direction.
48 megapixels on the iPhone 14 Pro, to film in 8K?
What if the iPhone Pro sensor went from 12 megapixels to… 48 megapixels? Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities addressed this possibility in his brief September 2021. A note obtained by MacRumors in December 2021 seems to confirm this transfer to a better defined sensor. This allows the iPhone 14 Pro to shoot in 8K, just like high-end Android smartphones. Standard models don’t necessarily benefit from these extra pixels. Since 2015 and the iPhone 6s, Apple has always used 12 Mpix sensors. This change will allow him to improve his photographic algorithm.
The telephoto lens dedicated to zoom and the ultra wide-angle module will remain attached to the 12 Mpix sensors.
An increase in quality for selfies?
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the four iPhone 14s should have a better front camera than the iPhone 13s. There are talks of a camera module with a larger aperture (f / 1.9 instead of f / 2.2), as well as the arrival of autofocus so that selfies are no longer blurry.
The A16 chip reserved for the iPhone 14 Pro?
Every year, Apple accompanies the launch of its new iPhone with a new chip. This year, the rumors are strange. It is said that Apple will reserve its A16 Bionic chip for the iPhone 14 Pro, and leave an A15 Bionic chip in the iPhone 14. This will be a first for the brand, but it will be explained by the lack of new features of the chip A16 and , above all, the lack of components that prevent Apple from producing the A16 chip in sufficient quantities. We do not know if the four iPhones will be entitled to a new 5G modem with the arrival of Wi-Fi 6E. This is technically possible, without a modem integrated into Apple Silicon chips.
6 GB of RAM… or 8 GB?
As the months go by, it seems unlikely that Apple will increase the amount of RAM in its iPhones. Some media mention a switch to 8 GB of RAM, but Apple prefers to opt for 6 GB of RAM for the entire range (now, only the Pro models have the right to it). It’s not an element he emphasizes though, iOS is very well optimized for that.
Touch ID is still missing under the iPhone 14 screen
Apple has just sold a smartphone with a circular button that links to the home screen and allows Touch ID to work: the iPhone SE. Touch ID technology allows the phone to recognize one or more fingerprints, which are used mainly to unlock the smartphone.
Since 2017, Apple fans have been hoping for the return of Touch ID, mainly because Face ID facial recognition does not work in all conditions. This does not happen with the iPhone 14, Apple instead relies on Face ID with a mask or horizontal facial recognition, new features of its latest updates.
A switch to USB Type-C from the iPhone 14?
The European Union won, Apple should soon be forced to adopt USB-C in its smartphones. However, it will not be with the iPhone 14. Apple has chosen the fall of 2023, the iPhone 15 therefore, to abandon its proprietary Lightning port. So the iPhone 14 will continue with Lightning but it can be improved, with a faster speed.
When will the iPhone 14 be released?
If we follow Apple’s usual schedule and the company keeps its pace, the iPhone 14 range should be presented in September 2022, for the sale of the devices a few days later. The iPhone 13, for example, was presented on September 14, 2021, and sold from September 24. Until then, the rumors should continue to multiply.
What prices for iPhone 14?
Someone who claims to know iPhone 14 prices in advance is very smart. If we imagine that they will stay with the iPhone 13 line (909 euros for the 13, 1159 euros for the Pro), the lack of components may have an impact on the prices charged by Apple. The death of the mini model will also remove the call price of 809 euros. You should have a more expensive Max model.