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iPhone 14: release date rumours, price news, specs and leaks

iPhone 14: release date rumours, price news, specs and leaks
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We're likely just a few weeks away from the iPhone 14 launch, and there are plenty of rumours to digest. Apple hasn't officially confirmed the existence of its next smartphone but the internet is awash with iPhone 14 rumours and talk of a "complete redesign".

Top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reckons the iPhone 14 line-up will feature four devices including two upgraded 'Pro' models. The bad news? A major price rise could be on the cards. 

We're big fans of the iPhone 13,  so we're expecting great things from the iPhone 14. Especially given that the budget iPhone SE (2022) is on par with the iPhone 13 in terms of performance.

Without further ado, here's everything we know so far about Apple's next-gen iPhone...

iPhone 14 rumours at a glance

  • Four iPhone 14 handsets
  • No 5.4-inch 'mini' 
  • Pro models to have 'notch-less' design
  • New 48MP main camera
  • Starting price: £779 / $799 / AU$1,349

iPhone 14: release date rumours

iPhone 14: release date rumours

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Apple is yet to breathe a word about the iPhone 14, let alone its release date. But since Apple typically unveils new iPhones at the same time each year, it's highly likely we'll see the iPhone 14 arrive in September 2022.

The iPhone 13 broke cover on 14th September 2021, the second Tuesday in the month. Apple seems to favour the second Tuesday in September, which suggests the iPhone 14 could debut on Tuesday 13th September 2022. 

Then again, tipster Max Weinbach believes the new iPhone could arrive a week earlier, on Tuesday 6th September. He reckons pre-orders could open on Friday 16th September, which would point to an on sale date of 23rd September. 

Apple events are usually held at the company's Apple Park headquarters in California, and they tend to start at 10am Pacific Time, which is 6pm GMT / 4am AEST.

Rumours that Foxconn – operator of the world's largest iPhone factory – has offered assembly line workers cash bonuses suggests that the iPhone 14 went into production in July. Again, that seems to fit nicely with Apple's rumoured launch schedule.

The actual on-sale date could slip, however. One model of iPhone 14 is reported (opens in new tab) to be behind schedule at the moment due to the fallout from China's recent covid lockdowns. There's also talk of a "quality issue" with the iPhone 14's camera, although Apple seems to be on top of that one.

Another analyst reckons the same model (the iPhone 14 Max) is still behind schedule, almost two months on from that report. It doesn't guarantee there will be stock shortages, but it's a kink in the production process that needs ironing out, pronto. 

Apple's first event of 2022 went ahead in March, but there was no word of the iPhone 14. Instead, tech fans were treated to the long-awaited iPhone SE 3 and a new iPad Air.  

iPhone 14: price

There's no official news on the iPhone 14 price yet. But since the standard iPhone 13 starts at £779 / $799 / AU$1349, we'd expect the iPhone 14 to command a similar price.

In the UK, the iPhone 13 debuted at £20 less than the iPhone 12. Fingers crossed the downward trend continues, but that's wishful thinking if some rumours are to be believed.

In early August, noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo warned that the average selling price of the iPhone 14 lineup could rise by 15 per cent compared to the iPhone lineup.       

That ties in with a previous rumour courtesy of iDropNews (opens in new tab), which claims sources have told it higher prices are being discussed internally at Apple. More recently, Dan Evans of Wedbush Securities reckons even the standard iPhone model could get a £100 / $100 price rise.

Others believe that the standard iPhone 14 could start at $799, the same price as the standard iPhone 13 (via Korean blog Naver (opens in new tab)), meaning the price rises would only affect the higher models. 

If so, the bigger iPhone 14 Max could cost $100 extra, at $899 (about £650, AU$1200) while Pro model could also rise by $100, up to $1099. The iPhone 14 Pro Max could also get a $100 premium on the current iPhone 13 Pro Max, giving it a price of $1199.

Let's see how these new prices would compare with the prices of the iPhone 13 range:

iPhone 13 prices
UKUSAustralia
iPhone 13 mini 128GB£679$699AU$1199
iPhone 13 128GB£779$799AU$1519
iPhone 13 Pro 128GB£949$999AU$1719
iPhone 13 Pro Max 128GB£1049$1099AU$1849

iPhone 14: design speculation

iPhone 14: design speculation

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The iPhone 14 is tipped for a major overhaul – starting with the design. In short, Apple's next phone could look very different to the iPhone 13...

In September 2021, Jon Prosser, of FrontPageTech, offered us a "closer look at the iPhone 14". The respected leaker published a host of renders – including the one above – that appear to reveal the iPhone 14. If Prosser is right, the next Apple phone will feature "titanium edges", making it the toughest iPhone yet.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman quickly weighed in. The noted Apple watcher has tipped the iPhone 14 for a "complete redesign" and believes the 5.4-inch iPhone Mini is almost certainly dead and buried.

Ming-Chi Kuo, arguably the most reliable Apple analyst on the scene, seems to be on the same page as Gurman. Kuo says Apple will release four iPhone 14 devices in 2022, including a new and 'affordable' iPhone Max in place of the discontinued iPhone Mini. 

Here's how the iPhone 14 family could line up:

iPhone 14 – 6.1-inch display

iPhone 14 Max – 6.7-inch display

iPhone 14 Pro – 6.1-inch 120Hz display

iPhone 14 Pro Max – 6.7-inch 120Hz display

In April 2022, leaked case schematics supported this line-up.

In December 2021, Korean website The Elec had its say. Just like Prosser, it says the the two iPhone 14 'Pro' models will benefit from new 'hole-punch' displays. In other words, Apple will (finally) begin to delete the unsightly camera notch – introduced on the iPhone X – in favour of a much neater 'pinhole' selfie camera. We live in hope.

Other rumours have pegged a longer, 'pill-shaped' cutout as replacing the notch. But display industry consultant Ross Young (via MacRumors) reckons both are right, and that Apple will implement both the hole punch and pill-shaped cutouts, now being referred to as a 'hole + pill' design and supported by noted analyst Jon Prosser. Each cutout will serve a different purpose, Young says – the round 'hole punch' cutout will house the Face ID dot projector, while the pill-shaped cutout will be where the front-facing camera and Face ID infrared camera are stored.

The new cutouts are only expected to feature on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. The more affordable iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max are thought to stick with the same cutout as the iPhone 13 range, for at least another year.

These new cutouts – along with slimmer bezels – are expected to make for ever-so-slightly larger screens, too, according to Young (opens in new tab). He reckons the screen sizes will enlarge fractionally (from 6.06 to 6.12 inches on the iPhone 14 Pro, and 6.68 to 6.69 inches on the iPhone 14 Pro Max) compared to the iPhone 13 Pro models.

The Pro and Pro Max could be in for slimmer bezels than their non-Pro siblings, too. That's according to Ice universe, who tweeted pictures of the new design. The screen should still stand 6.1 inches for the iPhone 14 Pro and 6.7 inches for the iPhone 14 Pro Max, but slimmer bezels would mean either more or larger pixels for the display, with less space wasted.

There's talk of Touch ID making a return in 2022. Anonymous tipster LeaksApplePro reckons it's being tested on the iPhone 14 Pro lineup (in addition to Face ID, of course). Given that Apple tested Touch ID on the iPhone 13 Pro – and then abandoned it – we'd take this rumour with a pinch of salt.

Indeed, another rumour says Apple is going in the other direction, and has abandoned Touch ID altogether. The report claims Apple has stopped trying to implement a fingerprint sensor under the iPhone's screen, which means we won't see Touch ID on the iPhone 14 or any of its successors. Rather, Apple is going all in on Face ID – which makes sense, given its added convenience (especially now that it can work while you're wearing a face mask).

Apple fans could be about to say goodbye to physical SIM cards, too. A MacRumours source claims that the iPhone 14 will offer an option to ditch the traditional SIM card slot in favour of virtual eSIMs.

The iPhone 14 models could be fatter than their predecessors, if leaked schematics are to be believed. The drawings suggest the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will have thicker bodies and more prominent camera bumps on the rear. The changes in dimensions are minimal, but still significant, as they buck the 'slimmer is better' trend of the last few years. (Apple already made the iPhone 13 slightly fatter than the iPhone 12, so it's continuing along the same path.)

Ming-Chi Kuo reckons the thicker camera bump is to make room for the new 48MP main camera sensor – a big upgrade on the previous models' 12MP (Apple has stuck with 12MP since the iPhone 6S in 2015). "The diagonal length of 48MP CIS will increase by 25-35%, and the height of 48MP's 7P lens will increase by 5-10%," Kuo tweeted (opens in new tab).

However, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman (opens in new tab) has been told that only the Pro variants will get the new 48MP sensor. In which case, presumably the non-Pro models won't have the bulky camera bump.

Lastly, there's talk of Apple launching its first foldable iPhone, dubbed the iPhone Fold. We know that Apple has tested a prototype, but it's it's unlikely to make its debut in 2022. Bloomberg says the iPhone Fold could launch "in a few years". Don't hold your breath.

iPhone 14: display hearsay

iPhone 14: display hearsay

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The iPhone 13 has a Super Retina XDR OLED screen while the Pro and Pro Max feature Apple's ProMotion 120Hz refresh rate technology, which is designed to make for even smoother video and scrolling.

Why are we telling you this? Because we'd expect the iPhone 14 to match – or better – the iPhone 13, display-wise. Could we see all four iPhone 14 handset debut with the fancy ProMotion 120Hz panels?

Unlikely. A recent report by The Elec claims that 'at least one' of the four iPhone 14 handsets (the standard iPhone 14, we'd assume) will stick with a 60Hz LTPS panel. Of course, that does raise the possibility that up to three of devices could get 120Hz LTPO panels, as found on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, has made the most detailed prediction so far. In September 2021, Young tweeted a graphic that appeared to reveal the iPhone 14 display specs in full. Here's the short version:

iPhone 14 – 6.06-inch, 1170 x 2532 OLED screen with a 60Hz refresh rate and 460 pixels per inch. 

iPhone 14 Max – 6.68-inch, 1284 x 2778 OLED screen with 60Hz refresh rate and 458 pixels per inch.

iPhone 14 Pro –  6.06-inch, 1170 x 2532 OLED screen with a 1–120Hz variable refresh rate and 460 pixels per inch.

iPhone 14 Pro Max – 6.68-inch, 1284 x 2778 OLED screen with a 1–120Hz refresh rate and 458 pixels per inch.

Young has a decent track record when it comes to iPhone leaks, so he could be on the money here (though he has since revised his predictions on screen sizes – see earlier in this article). If he is, both iPhone 14 Pro models will support 120Hz variable refresh displays, delivering a faster frame rate when users need it, and preserving battery life when they don't.

Someone calling themselves Shadow_leak has backed up this claim. They say that both Pro models will offer LTPO display tech, offering high refresh rates and resolutions without compromising battery life too much. If true, that would be a massive benefit to users.

LTPO would also enable the screens to be 'always-on' – which Bloomberg's Mark Gurman predicts will be a feature of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. The analyst reckons the tech will work just like it does on the Apple Watch – the handsets will lower the screen's frame rate when it's locked in order to save battery while still displaying some information. There's no word on what information will be shown, but it's thought to be things that are useful at a glance, such as the time and battery life.

The two Pro models could also get more advanced OLED displays. According to The Elec (opens in new tab), both models will feature Samsung’s new M12 material set, making for better performance. These displays would also use low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) TFT OLED panels, which are more advanced than the LTPS TFT ones. LTPO TFT displays are capable of 120Hz as well as variable refresh rates, which are necessary for the ProMotion displays also found on the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max.

iPhone 14: storage, power and battery life leaks

iPhone 14: storage, power and battery life leaks

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The iPhone 13 was introduced to us as the "the most powerful iPhone yet", but since the latest low-cost iPhone SE (2022) shares the same A15 Bionic chipset, it's a dead cert that the iPhone 14 will offer some extra zip.

Apple watcher Ross Young says the device will feature Apple's own A16 Bionic processor, which could be one of the first 4nm chips. If that's the case, expect a serious power boost compared to the 5nm A15 Bionic chip in the current iPhone 13. There's even talk of TSMC, Apple's chip supplier, switching to a game-changing 3mn chip in 2022 (via MacRumours).  

Either way, it seems that users can expect smoother graphics, quicker responses when they make a gesture and slicker 3D maps. We'd also expect Apple to pour some of that power into some new Augmented Reality apps.

There's is one fly in the ointment, however. The ongoing global chip shortage precipitated by the pandemic has slowed production of everything from games consoles such as the Sony PS5, to cars and smartphones. As a result, there's some talk of Apple sticking with a 5nm chip, as it did when transitioning from the iPhone 12 to the iPhone 13. If you ask us, it sounds like Apple's 'worst case' back-up plan and nothing more.

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reckons Apple will debut the new A16 chipset this year, but only in the two higher-end iPhone 14 models. In a tweet, he predicted that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will get the A16, while the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will stick with the A15 Bionic found in the iPhone 13 range.

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Kuo also forecasts that every model in the new line-up will come with 6GB of RAM, though RAM isn't a spec that Apple typically publicises for its iPhones. The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have 6GB of RAM, while the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini have 4GB, so this would be an upgrade for the lower-end iPhones.

The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max could also get LPDDR5 memory, while the lower end models would stick with the LPDDR 4X that's found in the iPhone 13 range, Kuo predicts.

We could see a speed bump in terms of data transfers too, for the Pro models at least. iDropNews (opens in new tab) claims Apple could upgrade the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max's Lightning connection to support USB 3.0 speeds – that's a maximum of 5 Gbps, compared to a paltry 480 Mbps for the current Lightning connection. That would be a real boon to creative types looking to transfer large files like hi-res video.  

When it comes to storage, we'd expect Apple to go with the same options as the iPhone 13: 128GB for the entry level devices and up to 1TB for the top-of-the-line Pro handsets. There's talk of Apple offering 2TB of storage with the 2022 Pro models, but would it sell enough 2TB phones to make it a worthwhile option? We're not convinced.

If Apple is going to beef up the iPhone's processing power, it makes sense to beef up the battery too. The new iPhone 13 lasts two and a half hours longer than the iPhone 12, so we'd expect another decent bump in power.

A June 2022 tweet by rumoured industry insider ShrimpApplePro claims to lay bare the iPhone 14 battery specs:

  • iPhone 14: 3279 mAh (iPhone 13 – 3227 mAh)
  • iPhone 14 Max: 4325 mAh (N/A)
  • iPhone 14 Pro: 3200 mAh (iPhone 13 Pro – 3095 mAh)
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max: 4323 mAh (iPhone 3 Pro Max – 4352 mAh)

Finally, rumours abound that the iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max could be port-less. With wireless chargers and wireless headphones becoming the norm, we can understand why the rumours, which swirled around the iPhone 12 and 13, are sticking around. Could the iPhone go port-free this year? Unlikely, according to Jon Prosser. The tipster reckons Apple will stick with Lightning Ports until 2023 – it's said to have tested a USB-C iPhone already.

iPhone 14: camera rumours

iPhone 14: camera rumours

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Unofficial renders published by FrontPageTech's John Prosser suggest that the iPhone 14 Pro, Max and Pro Max will boast a triple-lens camera. The standard iPhone 14 will apparently make do with a dual-lens shooter (this prediction was supported by April 2022's leaked case schematics).

The most exciting changes are expected to show up in the spec sheets. Well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reckons Apple will bless the iPhone 14 Pro models with a new 48MP main sensor – a huge leap from the 12MP sensor on the iPhone 13 Pro.   

Kuo says the improved sensor is needed because "the best resolution for augmented and mixed reality is 8K to 16K". The tip seems to tie in nicely with the rumour that Apple is planning to launch a mixed reality headset in 2022.

Kuo is also convinced that all four 2022 iPhones will support 8K video recording – a first for Apple. Samsung's Galaxy S smartphones already support 8K recording, so Apple has fallen somewhat behind in this respect.

Another interesting rumour is that the iPhone 14 Pro models could get a periscope-style zoom. Apple has already patented the tech (via PatentlyApple), which allows lenses to be stacked horizontally rather than vertically, for a much longer zoom range.

Again, Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra already boasts a 10x optical zoom. Could Apple be plotting to get one over on its biggest rival in 2022?

iPhone 14: name conjecture

iPhone 14: name conjecture

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Apple introduces new iPhone monikers – X, XS, Xr, Pro, Pro Max, etc – as and when the technology demands it. It looks like Apple's next iPhone will stick with its familiar naming standards. Here's the story so far...

2007 - iPhone
2008 - iPhone 3G
2009 - iPhone 3GS
2010 - iPhone 4
2011 - iPhone 4s
2012 - iPhone 5
2013 - iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c
2014 - iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
2015 - iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
2016 - iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
2017 - iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X
2018 - iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max
2019 - iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
2020 - iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max
2021 - iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max
2022 - iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max
2023 -
iPhone 15 (TBC)

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