The upcoming iPhone 14 Pro looks revolutionary. But if you buy the standard iPhone 14, you might be disappointed. Leaks and rumors suggest the iPhone 14 will be nearly identical to its predecessor – people say that every year, but it’s especially true in 2022.
Broad details: release date, prices and models
We expect the iPhone 14 lineup to be unveiled during Apple’s Far Out event on September 7th. Apple will likely show four devices – the standard iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, and a new iPhone Max to replace the iPhone Mini.
That’s correct; Apple replaces the iPhone Mini. And if the rumors are true, there will be a new device called the iPhone 14 Max somehow Take the place of the Mini.
We expect the standard iPhone 14 to maintain last year’s $799 price point. But the iPhone 14 Max costs $899 and offers a larger screen with no other improvements. (For clarity, the iPhone 14 Max is the same size as the iPhone 14 Pro Max. Customers can finally buy a larger iPhone without buying the most expensive model.)
Design: The last hooray of the Face ID notch?
The iPhone 14 will look almost identical to its predecessor. It uses a new 6.12-inch display, which is a tiny upgrade from last year’s 6.06-inch screen. It may also have a slightly larger rear camera hump than last year’s model.
And while the iPhone 14 Max is a nice idea, it’s just a larger version of the iPhone. It uses a 6.69-inch display instead of the smaller 6.12-inch panel. (For reference, both the iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max use this larger display. The iPhone 14 Pro is the same size as the entry-level iPhone 14.)
Still, the iPhone 14’s design is remarkable for one important reason – it’s the last mainline iPhone with the massive Face ID notch.
iPhone 14 faceplates leaked on Weibo – here are the changes to note:
1) thinner bezels on the Pro models as reported by other sources
2) The aspect ratio is also slightly different for the pros (19.5:9 to 20:9); this confirms 9to5Mac’s report on larger displays pic.twitter.com/UtqNcBB9aP
— Saran (@SaranByte) April 28, 2022
Leaks suggest that the new iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will use a pill-shaped cutout instead of the Face ID notch. This feature is exclusive to the “Pro” models, but will likely carry over to next year’s iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Max. If anything, that could be a reason to wait for the new iPhone and wait for next year’s model.
Unfortunately, we haven’t heard too much about the iPhone 14’s color options. However, we’re expecting Apple to reuse some of last year’s colors, notably pink, white and blue – this is an assumption based on previous versions, so don’t get your hopes up.
Spec Talk: last year’s satellite sms and chip
Under the hood, Apple’s iPhone 14 won’t look much different than last year’s model. The biggest upgrade, like Digitimes It’s reportedly 6GB of DDR4 RAM. That’s more than 4GB in the previous model. (Oddly, the iPhone 14 Pro could introduce DDR5 RAM.)
But what about the chipset? Well, I hate being the bearer of bad news, but Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the iPhone 14 will reuse last year’s A15 processor. This rumor is supported by several other leakers and analysts, so it appears to be true.
Now Apple can hide this embarrassing fact by calling its chip “the new A16 Bionic.” But again, RAM seems to be the only upgrade here. the, the Yes, really Those who want an upgraded processor should buy the iPhone 14 Pro or Pro max. (And the Pro models get a pretty big upgrade, by the way.)
If you’re fretted by the lack of upgrades, there’s one more thing that might lure you. All iPhone 14 models are expected to have a satellite modem (via PhoneArena). This modem allows users to text without a cellular signal. Other satellite features are unknown, but slow data speeds are likely preventing the satellite connection from supporting apps or browsers.
The cameras: A new selfie and an ultra-wide camera
It seems that the iPhone 14 will use a dual camera array. This is the same setup we’ve seen in previous base model iPhones. Thankfully, the iPhone 14’s aging cameras should get some upgrades.
As Ming-Chi Kuo explains, all iPhone 14 models will use an autofocus selfie lens. That sounds like a minor upgrade, but it could dramatically improve the quality of selfies or FaceTime calls – assuming Apple develops software to actually use this feature. Additionally, all of the iPhone 14’s selfie cameras can use a new f/2.2 aperture to improve low-light performance.
Additionally, Apple could bring the iPhone 13 Pro’s six-element ultra-wide camera to the iPhone 14. This is a trickle-down upgrade, but it’s still a notable improvement that should boost the iPhone 14’s camera quality, especially when shooting at night.
Apple was scheduled to unveil the iPhone 14 lineup during its September 7 Far Out event. While the standard iPhone 14 model should keep its $799 price tag, the new iPhone 14 Max will likely cost $899.
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