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Apple released the iPhone 13 in 2021, and it is possible that the company may release another iPhone this fall. We have some pressing questions regarding the next iPhone, reported to be dubbed the iPhone 14, but we’re gathering every tidbit about its release date, pricing, design changes, and new features as we wait. (We’ve even made a wishlist for the iPhone 14.)
Most prominent among the rumors are a new design with no notched display (yeah, we’ve heard that one before), a pill and hole-punch front camera, under-display Touch ID, a more durable titanium alloy body, the elimination of the chunky rear camera bump, a reshuffle of the four-phone lineup with new screen sizes, and the demise of the iPhone Mini. And, when it comes to Apple’s ProMotion display, you might not want to put your hopes in it is available on all iPhone 14 versions.
meantime, Apple’s most recent flagship phone lineup, which includes the iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, the iPhone 13, and the iPhone 13 Pro Max, is now available for pre-order. To tide us over till we get any more information on the iPhone 14, check out our comparison between the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12, and between the iPhone 12 and iPhone 11 below. In addition, here’s how the iPhone 13 compares to the iPhones released by Apple over the past five years: As additional information becomes available, we’ll update this story as needed.
Rumors about the iPhone 14 lineup: Will there still be four models?
Despite the fact that we don’t know much about the iPhone 14, rumors suggest that Apple’s next range will ditch the Mini and instead focus on bigger handsets. A July article from Nikkei Asian Review predicted the end of the iPhone 14 Mini, while an April research note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo acquired by MacRumors also warned that the Mini was not long for this world. However, according to Kuo, the iPhone 14 lineup will still include four models, two of which will be “high-end” and two of which will be “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.
Rumors about an iPhone 14 with a larger screen for everyone
Apple’s latest two iPhone lines have all had the same 6.1-inch screen size as the base model, with the Pro Max increasing the screen size to 6.7 inches. According to the same Nikkei Asian Review rumor from July, Apple will remain with these screen sizes for the iPhone 14, eliminating the 5.4-inch Mini from the lineup. Sales of the iPhone 12 Mini were said to have been slow, so it comes as no surprise that Apple would discontinue the little phone in 2022.
Will the iPhone 14 include a SIM card, according to the latest rumors?
In 2020, reports began to circulate that Apple was planning to phase out physical SIM cards altogether, and now a string of leaks reveals that the iPhone 14 may be the first model to do so. The cascade of leaks, which began with a Brazilian website saying that the iPhone 15 Pro will be physically SIM-less, was broken down by 9to5Mac. An anonymous tip was sent along to MacRumors, which said that Apple was preparing major carriers to accept eSIM-only phones by September. The most recent confirmation came from Apple leaker DylanDKT, who stated that he was “in agreement” with claims that the tray for real SIM cards will be deleted.
Release date: The iPhone 14 is expected to be released in the fall of 2022.
It’s too early to speculate on the iPhone 14’s debut date, but we anticipate Apple will have its annual autumn iPhone event in September 2022, as it does practically every year, with the phones being launched shortly after, generally on the Friday after. The release dates of individual models are sometimes staggered by Apple, especially when the model is introduced in a new design or size. So it’s feasible that the iPhone 14 range will have more than one release date.
What we do know is as follows:
- It is customary for Apple to have events on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. The iPhone 13 launch event took place on Tuesday, September 14.
- iPhone release dates are normally announced by Apple a week and a half after the product is announced.
- In usually, new iPhones are introduced on a Friday, around the third week of September. Preorders for the iPhone 13 began on September 17, and the devices were on sale on September 24.
CNET conducted a thorough investigation into the Apple event chronology a few years back and came up with a plausible Labor Day scenario, which you can read about in this article. According to the calendar for 2022, the Labor Day rule would place the September Apple event (and the introduction of the iPhone 14) on September 7, with a release date of September 16. Although we predicted a week off for Labor Day in 2021, we actually predicted a month off for the holiday in 2020 due to the coronavirus delays.
How much will an iPhone 14 cost in 2022? Will Apple cut the price?
There is currently no information on the cost of the iPhone 14, but given that Apple did not make any significant price adjustments between the 2020 iPhone 12 and the 2021 iPhone 13, the present price structure is at the very least a good place to begin our conjecture. Kuo, on the other hand, expects that the high-end 6.7-inch phone (the purported iPhone 14 Pro Max) would launch at a record-low price, around $900 when it is officially announced. This is a significant savings over the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which has a price range ranging from $1,099 to a startling $1,599.
Rumors about the iPhone 14’s camera: What Apple could do to improve it
We’ve heard several huge rumors concerning the iPhone 14’s camera system, but two of the most significant are really about the phone’s design. First and foremost, the hefty camera hump could be eliminated. In the second instance, it is possible that a hole-punch or hole-and-pill design may be used in place of the feared notch on the front.
In an investors note that was reported on by 9to5Mac shortly after the iPhone 13 debut, Kuo gave his thoughts on the probable camera advancements for the iPhone 14 to come. In the memo, Kuo expects a hole-punch front camera, which would (finally) eliminate the notch on the iPhone 14, as well as a 48-megapixel wide-angle back camera for the Pro and Pro Max variants, which will be an increase from the prior iPhones’ 12 megapixels.
Display specialist Ross Young hypothesizes, however, that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will feature a hole-and-pill shaped design to accommodate for the front-facing camera and Face ID. Apple’s Face ID dot projector is expected to be housed in the hole cutout, while the pill-shaped cutout is likely to house the front camera and Face ID camera, according to a report from MacRumors in January.
Kuo’s claim about the camera’s megapixel capacity is consistent with both a recent research note from Haitong International Securities, which was also covered by MacRumors and a study from market research firm TrendForce, which were all published this week. Several sources, like Jeff Pu and TrendForce, predict that the two Pro versions will be equipped with a 48-megapixel wide-angle lens. Pu, on the other hand, claims that the iPhones will have a triple-lens rear camera system, which will have 12-megapixel ultrawide and telephoto lenses in addition to the 48-megapixel wide-angle lens. According to the expert, the iPhone 14 Pro models may also come with 8GB of RAM in addition to the standard model. The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, on the other hand, offer 6GB of storage.
The iPhone 13 camera has received various changes, including a new Cinematic mode, ProRes video, and some improvements in zoom capabilities, among other things. We had previously reported on rumors that lidar, the iPhone 12 Pro’s standout depth-sensing feature, would be included in the entire lineup, but lidar ended up being included only on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max in the end. It’s conceivable that Apple may instead roll out the functionality across its whole lineup in 2022, but we haven’t heard anything about that yet.
We’re also waiting for an upgraded telephoto lens, which is another of the camera features we’re looking forward to. While the iPhone 13 Pro’s zoom capabilities have been improved to include 3x optical zoom, it still falls short of the capabilities of many other premium smartphones, such as Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra, which has a 10x optical zoom.