As soon as the iPhone 13 (opens in new tab) family was released, the iPhone 14 range, expected September 2022, started to leak. Here we round up the most likely to be true tip-offs – it’s all change at Apple, according to these phone rumors…
New design with no notch!
Got sent this image from weibo showing the diameter of the hole 5,631mm Can confirm this is accurate. pic.twitter.com/i3rMHRLmrKMarch 3, 2022
There has been a plethora of leaks alleging to Apple replacing the notch design on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max and employing a punch “hole + pill design” instead. The circular punch hole will allegedly house the Face ID dot projector and the pill-shaped cut-out will contain both the front camera and Face ID infrared camera. This news that probably won't please some die hard Apple fans, but there's no arguing the notch was an antiquated design feature, that's been ditched by all other manufacturers to date.(opens in new tab)
Back in March, a sketch of the iPhone 14 Pro was shared by a leaker on Chinese social media site Weibo and that was the best we had to go on for a few months, until Apple leaker Jon Prosser stepped in with some beautiful authentic-looking renders, that we can see here. The renders are based on a consolidation of all the likely-to-be-true rumors that have been doing the rounds that we will discuss in this piece.
• iPhone 14: 6.06" Flexible OLED Screen, A15 Bionic, 6GB RAM• iPhone 14 Max: 6.68" Flexible OLED Screen, A15 Bionic, 6GB RAM• iPhone 14 Pro: 6.06" Flexible OLED LTPO Screen, A16 Bionic, 6GB RAM• iPhone 14 Pro Max: 6.68" Flexible OLED LTPO Screen, A16 Bionic, 6GB RAMMarch 20, 2022
Reliable leaker @shadow_leak tweeted some screen specifications for the eagerly awaited iPhone 14 series (opens in new tab) and, like the no notch design, they might upset some Apple fans. If you were expecting the upgrade to the iPhone 13 series to follow suit with newer versions of the iPhone 13 Pro Max (opens in new tab) with its giant screen or the iPhone 13 mini (opens in new tab) with its teeny screen, you’ll be disappointed as sizing is alleged to be more midway across the series. Allegedly, the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro will both feature 6.06-inch displays, while the 14 Max and 14 Pro Max will feature 6.68-inch displays. This means that the screens on both new iPhone 14 Max models will be a little bit smaller than those seen on the iPhone 13 Pro Max (opens in new tab) – 6.68-inches compared to 6.7-inches.
Apple releases at least one exclusive color with each iPhone generation – we saw the iPhone 13 released in Alpine Green and the iPhone 12 released in Pacific Blue. According to whispers online the iPhone 14 Pro will come in a stunning purple color and we’re sure you’ll agree it looks great in Prosser’s renders.
No USB-C despite looming legislation
A new report by Mark Gurman for Bloomberg (opens in new tab) says that according to his sources (which remain anonymous) Apple is testing future iPhone models that replace the Lightning charging port with USB-C connector. The report states that: “if the company proceeds with the change, it wouldn’t occur until 2023 at the earliest. Apple is planning to retain the Lightning connector for this year’s new models,” which comes as a bit of a blow as it was generally felt that with European legislation looming, Apple may switch to USB-C for the iPhone 14 launch. Better luck next year!
A16 Bionic chipsets
Both the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max are said to have the new A16 Bionic chipset and LPTO screens, which provide a variable refresh rate. The non-Pro models are leaked to have the older A15 Bionic chip and 60Hz displays. The information from @shadow_leak also tells us that all four new iPhone 14 models will come with 6GB of RAM and flexible OLED screens.
See you later SIM card
When Brazilian site BlogdoiPhone (opens in new tab) published the tip-off that, in 2023, Apple will remove the iPhone’s physical SIM card slot for the iPhone 14, instead leaving the new range entirely reliant on digital eSIMs, we took it with a pinch of salt. however since then this has been corroborated by both a MacRumors source (opens in new tab) and reliable then leaker @dylandkt, giving it much more weight and interestingly both of these say we will see the back of the SIM card this year, meaning the iPhone 14 launch.
WWDC 2022 (opens in new tab), Apple's yearly developer conference, which runs in June, has seen the company use its keynote to announce iOS 16, as well as macOS13, and more. Apple didn’t just announce iOS 16 either, they released a developer beta of the software and although no mention of an always-on display was made at the conference itself, 9to5Mac (opens in new tab) has found several mentions of it in the beta code. This means it’s incredibly likely that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will feature an always-on display – result!
Camera sensor upgrade to 48MP
Informed by a TrendForce report detailing camera module shipments, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models are rumoured to include a new main sensor, with a significant upgrade from 12MP to 48MP. It’s said that Apple will support both 48MP and 12MP shooting modes to allow for 48MP images to be captured in well-lit conditions and 12MP images in lower light, giving users the option to choose. The 48MP sensor will likely be limited to only the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models.
While Samsung's 108MP sensor may have higher resolution, this new Apple sensor could actually be the best one on the market. Samsung's sensor possesses 2.4-micron pixels, while the rumored Apple version is said to be 2.5-micron pixels. Together with Apple's market-leading appetite to produce clean images, this is sure to see the iPhone 14 soar in popularity amongst photographers.
An exciting new leak points towards Apple finally taking the front-facing selfie camera seriously and equipping the upcoming flagship with a higher tech unit. This phone rumor (opens in new tab) comes courtesy of Korean site ET News (opens in new tab) who has published a series of reports on the Apple supply chain, with this latest one providing information from “industry sources” on Apple using products from Korean LG Innotek's for the iPhone, rather than iPhone 15 as originally planned. Reportedly, the upgrade will come at a price.
“Apple originally planned to install LG Innotek's products on the front camera of the iPhone 15, which is scheduled to be released next year, but recently moved the schedule forward hurriedly. It is understood that there had been quality problems from Chinese camera manufacturers during the quality tests,” states ET News, who go on to say while the front-facing camera had been regarded as a low-cost part by Apple it is now high-cost.
The most exciting part of this leak is the mention of the swich to LG Innotek meaning the iPhone 14’s selfie snapper will at last feature autofocus – a missing feature which has seriously let Apple down in the past. This ties in with the information provided by prolific Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo (opens in new tab) – he tweeted that the upcoming series of iPhones will feature two key upgrades to the front-facing camera: autofocus and a bigger aperture on the lens.
No iPhone 14 Mini
A new leak by reliable leaker @shadow_leak, just like several previous leaks, has pointed towards there being no iPhone 14 mini. However, it looks like this has really just been replaced by Apple’s new Phone SE (2022) (opens in new tab), which is the company’s most affordable phone to date. The iPhone SE (2022) comes in a compact design with iOS 15 delivering a seamless user experience and features impressive upgrades including the performance of the A15 Bionic chip, which makes user experience better across the board, including advanced camera capabilities. Exactly as we would have been expecting from the iPhone 14 mini.
Higher prices across three of the four new models
Reliable yet anonymous leaker, LeaksApplePro, has revealed vis his iDropNews (opens in new tab) column that Apple will be passing the increased production costs owed to the new design onto the consumer. The tipster alleges three out of the four new models will come with heftier price tags with the iPhone 14 at $799, iPhone 14 Max at $899, iPhone 14 Pro at $1,099 and iPhone 14 Pro Max at $1,199.
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