Today we’ll be covering all the rumors and leaks around the design, specs, pricing and everything in between for Apple’s iPhone 14 lineup. No matter how good the source, none of the information we’ll be covering today comes exclusively from Apple so take this with a grain of salt.
iPhone 14 Rumors: Four Phones in the Lineup
We don’t know much about the iPhone 14 yet, but we’ve heard that Apple’s next lineup will nix the Mini and focus on larger phones instead. analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported, the iPhone 14 lineup will still comprise four models, a “high-end” and a “lower-end,” with two size options for each. While name speculation isn’t as germane to the discussion of Apple’s 2022 lineup as it was for unlucky 13, rumors suggest a small shift in naming conventions, with an iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max, with “Pro” designating higher-end specs and “Max” referring to the larger screen size.
iPhone 14 Rumors: 2 Screen Sizes
Apple’s last two iPhone lineups have featured the same 6.1-inch size for the base model, going up to 6.7 inches for the Pro Max. Apple will stick with these screen sizes for the iPhone 14, but delete the 5.4-inch Mini. This rumor is corroborated by a recent report from 9to5Mac. Reports showed sluggish sales of the iPhone 12 Mini, so it’ll be no surprise should Apple retire the small phone in 2022.
iPhone 14 Rumors: Possible Exclusion of The SIM Card?
A chain of leaks suggests that the iPhone 14 might be the first line to ditch the physical SIM cards. MacRumors reported an anonymous tip that Apple was preparing major carriers for eSIM-only phones by September. Most recently, Apple leaker DylanDKT, confirmed being “in agreement” with reports of the tray for physical SIM cards being removed.
iPhone 14 Rumors: Release Date
It’s too soon for any reputable release date rumors for the iPhone 14, but we expect Apple to hold its annual fall iPhone event in September 2022, as it does almost every year, with the phones being released shortly thereafter, usually the following Friday. Sometimes Apple will stagger release dates for specific models, especially when introducing a new design or size. So it’s possible that the iPhone 14 lineup will have more than one release date.
Here’s what we know:
- Apple likes to hold its events on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Apple’s iPhone 13 event was held on Tuesday, Sept. 14.
- iPhone release dates are typically a week and a half after Apple’s announcements.
- In general, new iPhones are released on a Friday, around the third week of September. For the iPhone 13, preorders began Sept. 17 and the phones went on sale Sept. 24.
iPhone 14 Rumors: Pricing
There’s no word either way on iPhone 14 pricing, but Apple didn’t make any big price changes between 2020’s iPhone 12 and 2021’s iPhone 13, so the existing price structure is at least a good place to start our speculation. However, Kuo predicts the high-end 6.7-inch phone (the iPhone 14 Pro Max) will launch at a record-low price, under $900. Compared to the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which ranges from $1,099 all the way up to a staggering $1,599, that’s quite a steal.
iPhone 14 Rumors: Camera
Kuo shared insights about the iPhone 14’s potential camera upgrades in an investors note reported on by 9to5Mac just after the iPhone 13 launch. In the note, Kuo predicts a hole-punch front camera, making the iPhone 14 notchless, as well as a 48-megapixel wide rear camera for the Pro and Pro Max models, up from 12 megapixels on previous iPhones.
Display analyst Ross Young hypothesizes, however, that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will have a hole-and-pill shaped design to accommodate for the front facing camera and Face ID. The hole cutout is believed to be for the Face ID dot projector, and the pill-shaped cutout holds the front camera and Face ID camera, according to a January report from MacRumors. Supposedly leaked CAD renders of the iPhone 14, seen by 91mobiles, corroborate this rumor.
iPhone 14 Rumors: Under-Display Touch ID
The feature that seems to get kicked down the road the most in Apple rumor world is the return of Touch ID. Early rumors supported the Touch ID’s return coming in the iPhone 12, and when that didn’t happen, speculation turned to the iPhone 13. But even before the iPhone 13 launched (sans Touch ID), word on the street had shifted again: iPhone 14 would surely be it. Now, that’s looking less likely, too. In late September, Kuo predicted that it won’t be until 2023 that the iPhone regains Touch ID technology. That would be… the iPhone 15?
No More Camera Bump?
The other big design change Prosser’s renders show is a flattened camera bump. According to Prosser, the iPhone 14’s body is going to be a “thick boy,” thick enough, it seems, to encompass all the camera hardware without an annoying, protruding camera setup on the back. Why is the iPhone 14 supposed to be so thick? Perhaps to house a bigger battery, or even the previously rumored periscope camera, which Kuo projected in 2020. However, Kuo and famed tech leaker Max Weinbach have actually pointed to a thicker camera bump in the 14 Pro and Pro Max.
iPhone 14 Colors
As far as colors go, Prosser’s render colors were not based on any actual information from his sources, except for a pale gold color, which he claims to have seen evidence of himself. However, it’s still early days, and Apple surely has not finalized its color lineup yet for the iPhone 14.
Features & Specs
Here’s everything else we know (and think we know) so far about the iPhone 14 lineup’s specifications and potential new features.
- Better Battery Life
- Wi-Fi 6E Adoption
- A16 Chip
- 120HZ ProMotion Display
- 5G Connectivity
- MagSafe Accessories
- Satellite Connectivity
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