The iPhone 14 announcement is barely weeks away – we’re expecting Apple September event invites shortly – and it doesn’t look like the ‘basic’ model will see big improvements; but, there have been a lot of fresh iPhone leaks.
On September 7, four new iPhones are expected to appear; but there won’t be an iPhone 14 small. iPhone 14 Pro Max (and Pro) will get additional power and features.
The Apple iPhone 14 leaks are coming thick and fast from increasingly trustworthy sources as we near the launch date; which is now expected to be September 16. That gives only nine days from launch to on-sale; which is shorter than in past years.
This article will provide you a quick rundown of all the latest iPhone 14 leaks; and speculations so you can be as sure as we are about what’s real. Since the original iPhone was released in 2007; we’ve been predicting and evaluating release dates, prices, features, and modifications.
Our handy guide will be updated daily in the lead up to the iPhone debut at the next Apple event in September; so bookmark it now if you’re interested in finding out what’s coming and if you can get enthusiastic about Apple’s enhancements.
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iPhone 14 news
Aug. 19: New colours for expected iPhone 14 cases have appeared; however, we think these are more options than specific cases to match any new iPhone 14 colours.
Mark Gurman predicts the iPhone 14 will launch on Sept; 7 and go on sale nine days later.
A leaker says the iPhone 14 Pro’s camera may suffer in low light; but, the battery may be improved.
A leak suggests that iPhone 14 storage capacities will be similar to iPhone 13.
iPhone 14 news timeline
Apple may create a lot of iPhone 14s this year; according to reports.
iPhone 14: what to anticipate
Release date: iPhone 14. iPhone 14 will launch on September 7 and go on sale September 16.
The iPhone 14 is expected to start at $799/£779/AU$1,349, the same as the iPhone 13; but the Pro and Max models will cost $1099.
iPhone 14 non-Pro model may look like the iPhone 13; however, the Pro and Max models may have a punch-hole camera. Apple iPhone 14 Max may have superseded the 14 Mini.
The Apple iPhone 14 and Apple iPhone 14 Pro will have 6.1-inch 1170 x 2532 OLED panels; while, the iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max will have 6.7-inch 1284 x 2778 OLED screens. 120Hz on Pro versions, 60Hz on others.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are rumoured to boast 48MP (up from 12MP) main cameras that can shoot 8K video. All save the normal iPhone 14 and 14 Max may have a triple-lens camera.
The iPhone 14 will have the A15 chipset again this year; however it could be rebadged as the A16. The Pro range will have speedier and more powerful memory; according to speculations.
Strong claims suggest battery capacity could grow; with phones being bigger to house larger batteries. One leak details likely capacity increases; except for the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max.
IPHONE 14 AVAILABILITY
All four devices launch on September 7; although the iPhone 14 Max may not.
According to a new tip from Mark Gurman; the iPhone 14 will launch on September 7 and go on sale on September 16 – but possibly not the iPhone 14 Max.
This would be the joint-earliest iPhone launch; with 2016’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
In recent months, rumours of launch delays have subsided; with trial production starting in late February and engineering validation beginning (on schedule) in late March.
We’ve heard that lockdowns in China have slowed things down, with at least one iPhone 14 model – believed to be the iPhone 14 Max – three weeks behind.
Apple is apparently trying to speed things up, and a respectable analyst declared the matter was under control as of May. However, in July we learned from another source that Apple is still “way behind” on iPhone 14 Max panel production, so things aren’t looking good for that model.
Apple plans to build 90 million iPhone 14s in 2022, which is on par with recent years and predicts no big delays.
PREMIUM IPHONE 14
One iPhone 14 price leak included a Max, but no Mini.
The base phone will cost $799 (the iPhone 13 costs $799/£779/AU$1,349), with the iPhone 14 Max costing $100 extra. We’ve heard the iPhone 14 will cost the same as the iPhone 13.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max could cost $1,099 and $1,199, $100 higher than their predecessors. This claim has been repeated often and seems likely.
DESIGN iPhone 14
Our first peek at the iPhone 14 design came via a leak that included unofficial renders of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, but we’ve since seen better, more believable designs.
Since then, the design of the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro has become clearer, with the ‘basic’, non-Pro range looking similar to the iPhone 13 and the Pro range gaining a thicker shell, larger camera bump, and a ‘pill and punch’ combo at the top of the screen to replace the notch.
Mark Gurman and Ming-Chi Kuo (two reliable Apple leakers) have indicated the notch will be replaced by a punch-hole camera, and renders and designs have showed it.
Due to a new 48MP sensor, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max may feature a larger camera bump than the iPhone 13 Pro series (more on which further down).
Leaked covers and schematics allude to the longer, lozenge-style volume buttons we’re used to seeing on the iPhone 14 line-up.
We also saw some dummy case 3D models from Weibo earlier this year, which may have been based on rumours rather than official Apple models, but offer a decent indication of the different sizes to expect.
CAD models have indicated what the iPhone 14 Pro Max would look like; images from Madmix match our expectations.
We’ve heard the Pro models’ frames could be titanium. This would presumably be stronger than existing versions, and this source believes that iPhone 14 Max would replace an iPhone 14 small.
DISPLAY IPHONE 14
Ming-Chi Kuo predicts two 6.1-inch iPhone 14 versions (a basic and a Pro) and two 6.7-inch models (a Pro Max and a Max).
Ross Young provided more screen specs (another leaker with a good track record). Young says the iPhone 14 will sport a 6.06-inch 1170 x 2532 OLED screen with 460 ppi.
The iPhone 14 Pro’s screen will have a 120Hz variable refresh rate.
Moreover, iPhone 14 Pro Max has a 6.68-inch 1284 x 2778 OLED screen with 120Hz refresh and 458 ppi. The iPhone 14 Max may have the same screen as the Pro Max but a 60Hz refresh rate.
Apple is reportedly exploring a 120Hz screen for the iPhone 14 Max, but the results haven’t leaked yet. It seems odd, given rumours of a 90Hz display for the larger model, which we don’t think will happen.
The iPhone 14 and 14 Pro Max may include an always-on display, like Samsung and Apple’s wearables since the Watch 5.
This idea, hinted at again in iOS 16 code, implies you’d get simple widgets and the time without turning on your iPhone. It’ll be interesting to see, if an always-on display does come to pass, how Apple would explain why it’s taken so long.
A patent might make the iPhone screen tougher without making it thicker. Patents rarely result into anything, so don’t count on this.
CAMERA IPHONE 14
The iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max are said to have triple-lens cameras, while the iPhone 14 and 14 Max will have two.
That’s not much different from the iPhone 13 range, however lenses and sensors may be different.
Ming-Chi Kuo claims the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will have 48MP cameras, up from 12MP. He’s said this can record 8K video, so he’s certain.
Another analyst agrees with Kuo that both 2022 Pro versions will have 48MP cameras. Not confirmation, but it enhances Kuo’s assertion.
This 48MP camera could be “the best one in a smartphone if there’s enough light,” but it may perform worse than the iPhone 13 Pro in low light.
Meaning? Apple is certainly fiddling with the sensors to achieve better daytime photos, which suggests it’s ironing flaws in other areas and may likely do so before launch, as it’s typically software-improved.
We’ve seen a patent corroborating rumours of a periscope camera (for long-range optical zoom). Most reports say this won’t happen until iPhone 15 or later.
The front camera might be upgraded for every iPhone 14 model, with focusing allowing for crisper, more dynamic selfies.
We’ve heard it might include extra lens elements and a tweak in aperture that would improve low-light performance, but these leaks are in flux until Apple decides on the phone’s final specs, which can happen late in the process.
IPHONE 14 FEATURES
The iPhone 14 Pro will likely include a new chipset named A16 Bionic, but not the iPhone 14.
The 5nm process might be used as it has been for the previous two years, as TSMC struggles to convert to a 3nm process for the next wave of iPhone CPUs.
It is likely that the iPhone 2023’s A17 Bionic chip will employ the 3nm technology, which would boost speed and battery life.
Only the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will likely get the upgraded A16 Bionic chipset, with the base models getting the A15 Bionic – although the more powerful model from the iPhone 13 Pro.
The same source states all models will have 6GB of RAM, however the iPhone 14 Pro will have quicker LPDDR5 RAM.
Check out Macworld’s thorough dive(opens in new tab) on iPhone 14 Pro power increases if you’re interested in transistors.
On the storage front, the iPhone 13 Pro models upped the maximum internal storage from 512MB to 1TB, and we’re hearing that the iPhone 14 Pro phones could double that again – all the way to 2TB, although more recent reports say the capacity will again top out at 1TB.
The switch from Lightning to USB-C was rumoured at the beginning of the year, but it won’t happen until iPhone 15 to comply with EU legislation.
A patent suggests the iPhone 14 could include a new version of 3D Touch.
Apple could also convert to an eSIM. The iPhone 13 range features this, but not lieu of a physical one. If Apple goes eSIM-only with any iPhone 14, it will likely sell both types.
BATTERY LIFE IPHONE 14
One source says the iPhone 14 battery will be larger; and another says the phones will be thicker, leaving room for a larger battery.
The iPhone 14 may feature a 3,279mAh battery, the iPhone 14 Pro may have a 3,200mAh battery; the iPhone 14 Max may have 4,325mAh, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max may have 4,323mAh.
All of those would be enhancements except for the Pro Max; which would be a downgrade considering the closeness of the mAh levels.
The iPhone 14 Pro may offer two hours greater battery life than its predecessor, which is promising. The A16 Bionic chipset’s improved efficiency and the slightly larger size would assist.
One patent suggests using a MagSafe charger instead of the Lightning connector to charge; although early unauthorised renders show the Lightning port intact.
Apple has been remiss in this area, and rivals have stolen a march. 30W charging would mean you could throw your new iPhone on a fast charger.
Apple wants to maintain the battery; which quick charging can hurt; but, there’s a balance to be had; and charger-phone communication is advanced enough to mitigate this.