It seems like a big change is imminent. The upcoming iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max stand out in style from Apple’s last few smartphones, offering interesting design changes, exclusive features, and wallet-breaking upgrades.
We still don’t know all about the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. But leaks and rumors point to two very impressive phones. Here’s everything we know about the next-generation iPhone “Pro” models.
Broad details: release date and prices
We expect the iPhone 14 lineup to debut this September during a livestream event. 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.
Most leaks, including one from iDropNews, point to a launch event on September 13th. but Max Weinbach, a well-known leaker, believes the event could air on September 6th. In any case, pre-orders for the phones should open after the event, with deliveries arriving up to two weeks later.
Pricing for this year’s iPhone range is a bit odd. Rumor has it that the Pro and Pro Max models will be on display a price increase of $100and pushed them to $1,099 and $1,199 respectively. However, that price increase may come with an upgrade to 256GB of storage for the cheapest configurations.
And in case you’re wondering, the iPhone 14 is likely to do so keep last year’s price of $799. It seems that the rumored iPhone 14 Max model (which replaces the iPhone Mini) will cost $899, which could offer customers a more attractive upgrade option (as opposed to the Mini downgrade).
The design: Goodbye Notch, Hello Pill
After three years of reusing the same basic design, Apple seems ready to shake things up. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will introduce at least one shocking design change – at least shocking for an iPhone.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max could ditch their infamous Face ID “notch.” We hear something like this every year, but for once it seems to be true. Leaked faceplates shared by @SaranByte show the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max with a “pill-shaped” Face ID cutout, possibly confirming previous leaks, including renders of Front page Tech and CAD files 91mobile phones.
This new Face ID snippet could result in some UI changes on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. After all, Apple will have some additional real estate for icons. But such changes don’t appear in the iOS 16 beta, so take that with a grain of salt.
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
Unfortunately, it seems the standard iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Max won’t be updated to this new Face ID cutout, which is a shame. But all four phones in the lineup may have larger rear cameras, which could improve photo quality.
Apple could also improve the display size of the iPhone. leakage @DSCCross suggests that the iPhone 14 Pro will use a 6.12-inch (up from 6.06-inch) screen, while the Pro Max model may use a 6.69-inch (up from 6.68-inch) display. Note that the standard iPhone 14 is the same size as its Pro counterpart, while the iPhone 14 Max is the same size as the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
colored, @Jioriku says We can expect five different paint jobs for the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. The phones can come in Green, Purple, Silver, Gold and Graphite colors. These are the same color options as last year’s iPhone 13 Pro, although the new purple colorway replaces Sierra Blue.
Spec Talk: A new “Pro” processor?
Information on the specifications of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max is a bit bumpy. We’re expecting these phones to start with 256GB of storage and use new adaptive refresh rate displays, but that’s the extent of what we’re confident to report.
Still, most leakers agree that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will introduce an A16 Pro chipset. This is the first iPhone processor to use the Pro moniker.
The performance of the A16 Pro is unknown. Some leakers claim that this new chipset focuses on GPU and memory performance, offering gains of between 25% and 50% in these areas (with a smaller 15% CPU boost).
If that’s true, the A16 Pro chipset is likely using DDR5 RAM. A report from DigiTimes states that all four iPhone 14 models offer 6GB of RAM, although the Pro models use “faster” RAM, which would indicate a DDR5 upgrade.
But other leaks, including one from @iHacktu, say the CPU and GPU performance will get the big upgrade this year. Such leaks indicate a 40% increase in CPU speed and a 35% increase in GPU speed (without much RAM). According to Apple, this would be the iPhone’s biggest CPU and GPU upgrade since 2016 forbes.
In any case, customers should expect a big difference between iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro performance. While the Pro and Pro Max phones will get the A16 Pro chipset, the standard iPhone 14 and 14 Max will likely reuse last year’s A15 processor. (That means Apple can refer to the A15 as the “A16” for this version.)
Software: The iOS 16 update adds an always-on display
The iPhone 14 range will be launched alongside iOS 16. And it’s a pretty big software update. Along with an improved lock screen and new notification layouts, iOS 16 introduces an alternative to passwords and a refined focus on smart home controls.
But we’re more interested in some of the smaller details that weren’t announced by Apple during the WWDC event. iOS 16’s new battery percentage indicator is quite notable since Apple previously removed this indicator with the iPhone X version.
And it seems that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will be the first Apple smartphones with an always-on display mode. As explained by 9to5MacThis mode takes advantage of phones’ new adaptive refresh rate panels and, like the Apple Watch, darkens your wallpaper to save battery life.
The cameras: They’re better than last year, duh!
Most leakers agree that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will retain their triple-lens camera setup. It seems Apple won’t be adding any cameras this year, although existing cameras should get an upgrade.
The most important change is a new main camera. Information received from MacRumors shows that Ming-Chi Kuo and Jeff Pu, two respected Apple analysts, expect a 48-megapixel main camera in the iPhone 14 Pro models. That’s a huge upgrade over the old 12-megapixel sensor, and it’s said to support 8K video.
In a Medium post, Ming-Chi Kuo explains that all iPhone 14 models will get an autofocus selfie lens. This appears to be a long overdue addition to the iPhone and coincides with the Face ID redesign on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. Kuo also states that the selfie camera will feature a new f/2.2 aperture, which could improve low-light performance.
And here’s a strange thing; Obviously Apple discovered an Apple patent for a periscope camera. This type of camera uses a range of lenses to increase the optical zoom distance and reduce the need for crappy digital zoom. But rumors suggest that the periscope camera will not debut in the iPhone 14 lineup.
Even if Apple doesn’t upgrade the camera modules of the iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max, both phones should offer improved photo quality. Most of Apple’s camera magic comes from software, not hardware, and each iteration of the iPhone processor offers more power for compute photography.
We expect the iPhone 14 range to launch in mid-September. A $100 price increase will likely push the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max to $1,099 and $1,199, respectively.
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