Apple’s yearly iPhone launch is the most important date within the firm’s calendar. And after a number of years of cautious upgrades, expectations are excessive for the iPhone 14 in late 2022.
In this text we spherical up the most recent leaks and rumors regarding Apple’s subsequent flagship iPhone launch, together with the iPhone 14’s launch date, tech specs, design adjustments, new options, pricing and extra. The newest information is that each one iPhone 14 fashions are anticipated to get an upgraded entrance digicam with autofocus and an f/1.9 aperture, whereas a controversial gap + tablet design is ready to exchange the notch.
While we look forward to the brand new handsets to reach, you may decide up a discount on the present vary with our roundup of the most effective iPhone offers.
When will the iPhone 14 be launched?
We anticipate the iPhone 14 to be introduced in mid-September 2022, and hit shops round per week later.
Apple practically at all times debuts its new iPhones in September annually, with COVID-19 inflicting one notable exception in 2020. It’s potential there might be related delays this yr–whereas the iPhone 14 Pro entered take a look at manufacturing on schedule, the non-Pro fashions seem to have been delayed barely–however we’d be shocked if Apple wasn’t capable of get a deal with on these points in time for the autumn. Mark September 2022 in your diary for the approaching of the brand new fashions.
Here’s when the previous few generations arrived:
iPhone 13: September 24, 2021
iPhone 12: October 23, 2020
iPhone 11: September 20, 2019
iPhone XS: September 21, 2018
(Note that one iPhone has arrived already in 2022: the iPhone SE 3 was introduced at Apple’s spring occasion on March 8. But the flagship launch should wait till the autumn.)
Design adjustments for 2022
What will the iPhone appear like in 2022? We anticipate vital design adjustments. Here are the most recent rumors regarding the iPhone 14’s exterior look and bodily chassis.
Goodbye mini, hi there Max
The most elementary and apparent design attribute is measurement, and most pundits agree that Apple is about to drop a giant (or somewhat small) bombshell in that regard. All the indicators recommend that the 5.4-inch iPhone mini line goes to be discontinued: Ming-Chi Kuo is available with rumors suggesting that Apple will kill off the mini to introduce the Max in 2022.
What which means in observe is that we’ll nonetheless get 4 fashions, however as an alternative of those being break up into one small, two medium and one giant, it will likely be two medium and two giant.
In different phrases,
iPhone 13 mini (with a 5.4-inch display screen)
iPhone 13 (6.1-inch display screen)
iPhone 13 Pro (6.1-inch display screen)
iPhone 13 Pro Max (6.7-inch display screen)
might be succeeded by:
iPhone 14 (6.1-inch display screen)
iPhone 14 Max (6.7-inch display screen)
iPhone 14 Pro (6.1-inch display screen)
iPhone 14 Pro Max (6.7-inch display screen)
Leaked photographs of case molds–used to correctly measurement iPhone circumstances–illustrate these long-rumored measurement adjustments. Knowledgable Bloomberg report Mark Gurman helps this idea, including that Apple “will have to get more dramatic with ’s overhaul, especially as competition mounts.”
The iPhone 12 mini and 13 mini are understood to have offered badly, and the transfer is comprehensible. But not everybody might be glad to see the again of the mini, as we clarify in Why we mourn the iPhone mini.
More display screen area (barely)
Note that these screens gained’t be precisely the identical measurement as their direct predecessors; nor will they precisely match the scale of the non-Pro fashions. Slimmer bezels across the display screen imply the Pro iPhones will achieve a fraction of an inch in diagonal measurement, in keeping with the dependable show analyst Ross Young.
You learn that proper: the Pro Max mannequin is gaining exactly one hundredth of an inch. Needless to say, these microscopic adjustments in display screen dimension are unlikely to be proclaimed in Apple’s advertising supplies, which is able to proceed to spherical to the closest tenth of an inch.
From notch to “hole + pill”
The iPhone 13 vary noticed a small lower within the measurement of the notorious notch on the entrance show. But in 2022 it’s set to get replaced by one thing totally different, not less than on the Pro fashions.
Instead of a notch lower out of the highest of the display screen, we now perceive that the 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max could have a pair of smaller apertures for the front-facing digicam and different sensors: each a pinhole digicam and a notch, as we first heard again in October. Here’s what that may appear like, primarily based on a picture showcasing the “hole + pill” design that was posted on Chinese social media in February 2022:
Another leak in May gave us one other glimpse of the twin-hole design, and a direct comparability between the pilled-up Pro fashions and their notch-based equivalents. In this picture (sourced from Weibo, through Twitter), we are able to clearly see the slight distinction in bezel thickness which is able to imply extra display screen area on the dearer fashions.
Other sources have argued that the iPhone 14 Pro could have only a single pinhole aperture, and we examine whether or not the iPhone 14 could have a notch in depth in a separate article. But at this level the twin-aperture idea appears by far the almost definitely to come back true in September.
The return of Touch ID
One manner for Apple to make it simpler to take away the notch could be to reinstate Touch ID on the subsequent iPhone. This could be accomplished in certainly one of two methods, each of which have been closely rumored for a while now.
The first is to introduce an under-display fingerprint sensor for Touch ID, as prompt by Ming-Chi Kuo to MacRumors, whereas the opposite is for Apple to make use of the identical Touch ID sensor within the energy button that it presently deploys within the iPad Air (2020) and new iPad mini (2021).
But is Apple ready to countenance such an apparent backwards step? Touch ID was dropped from the flagship iPhones as way back as 2017, with its ongoing confinement to extra budget-focused fashions an implicit assertion that face recognition is best than fingerprint.
Our suspicion is that Apple will solely restore Touch ID to its top-tier telephones when it’s capable of supply it alongside Face ID. And that doesn’t assist in anyway with the removing of the notch.
The demise of the Lightning port
The concept that Apple will ditch the Lightning port on the iPhone and have no ports in any respect has been rumored since earlier than the iPhone 12 was launched. In this idea, somewhat than depend on cables for charging, all energy could be delivered wirelessly. This would immediately render many equipment and energy banks redundant, however Apple has by no means been shy about making unpopular choices prior to now. That may but change into a actuality, however not within the close to future.
In the meantime, a extra seemingly choice is that Apple will ditch Lightning and substitute it with USB-C, because it’s already accomplished on most of its iPads. The EU has been on the warpath for some time about proprietary charging requirements, and a draft legislation forcibly standardising smartphone ports was rumored in August 2021. This got here a step nearer in September 2021, when the EU Commission introduced a invoice to unify charging cables. This may legally oblige Apple to provide a USB-C iPhone on the market in Europe–or to base all its new iPhones on USB-C in order to keep away from the manufacturing inefficiency of constructing a couple of design.
Sure sufficient, Ming-Chi Kuo has now gone on document with a prediction that Apple will certainly swap from Lightning to USB-C on its iPhone, though this gained’t occur till 2023. That means the iPhone 14 could have an iPhone port, however it will likely be the final iPhone to take action.
New MagSafe adapter
On the topic of charging ports, there’s additionally a curious rumor surrounding MagSafe. Not the MagSafe commonplace utilized by the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 fashions to connect wi-fi chargers to their rear, however a brand new magnetic cable commonplace that’s far nearer to the outdated MagSafe utilized by MacBooks.
Apple has patented “a plurality of magnets aligned with a linear configuration of the plurality of spring-biased pin assemblies…”
Actually, it’s in all probability simpler when you have a look at this illustration:
How this might circumvent the EU downside or standardise Apple’s connector points is unclear, however it’s an interesting-looking expertise.
Tech specs and new options
One of the tech neighborhood’s favourite video games is understanding what enhancements and improvements Apple will provide you with annually for its new iPhones.
Apple checks many new applied sciences, however whether or not they make it into the iPhone or not has to do with a sophisticated internet of technical feasibility, value, availability of components from suppliers, and extra. Here are the strongest clues we’ve concerning the options and spec upgrades you might even see within the iPhone 14.
The iPhone 13 is alleged to have 120Hz ProMovement shows on the Pro fashions, with panels made by Samsung, whereas the non-Pro variants will reportedly use common 60Hz shows made by LG. With the iPhone 14, LG is alleged to be making LPTO OLED shows able to 120Hz to provide all the iPhone line.
So it’s potential that all the iPhone 14 line could have 120Hz ProMovement expertise, which might observe Apple’s pure cadence: deliver a characteristic to the Pro mannequin first after which observe with the remainder of the road a yr later.
While we’re with regards to display screen upgrades, we haven’t heard any particular rumors about an always-on show within the iPhone 14. But after it was closely rumored for the iPhone 13 and did not materialize, it’s potential that it’s going to make an look this yr.
Big adjustments are apparently coming to the iPhone’s digicam within the iPhone 14. While the 2 strains are anticipated to retain the identical setup—twin digicam in the usual iPhone 14 and triple-camera within the iPhone 14 Pro—Apple is planning a giant leap for the higher-end fashions. Leaked schematics present an enormous digicam bump on the Pro fashions, protruding 4.17mm from the again of the case for a complete thickness of 12.02mm, a couple of milimeter thicker than the iPhone 13 Pro.
According to Kuo, Apple is alleged to be contemplating a 48MP sensor for the usual huge digicam, which might mix the pixels’ mild assortment in a 2×2 grid when in a low-light scenario (producing a 12MP photograph). The digicam would reportedly be able to taking pictures 8K video, not less than on the Pro fashions. Kuo additionally says the entrance digicam will achieve autofocus and a wider aperture (f/1.9 as an alternative of f/2.2).
In April, a publish on Weibo (through Macrumors) claimed that the huge digicam sensor might be 20 % bigger than iPhone 13 Pro. Together with the 48MP lens, that seemingly means the iPhone 14 Pro will take extraordinarily detailed photographs in vibrant mild whereas nonetheless counting on night time mode to seize low-light photographs.
While the Pro fashions had been beforehand rumored to incorporate a “periscope” lens with variable zoom, the most recent rumor says that characteristic is coming within the 2023 iPhone (presumably the iPhone 15).
New A16 processor
Every new iPhone has a brand new A-series system-on-chip (SoC) and we anticipate the iPhone 14 to observe swimsuit. The A16, as it should seemingly be referred to as, might be one of many first large-scale processor releases to make use of TSMC’s 3-nanometer manufacturing course of, which ought to assist enhance efficiency, effectivity, and battery life. However, a report in November by The Information prompt Apple may keep on with a 5nm course of because of struggles with TSMC’s “cutting-edge manufacturing technique.”
However, current rumors recommend solely the Pro fashions will get the latest chip, whereas the non-Pro fashions will get a barely upgraded A15 chip. That could be a doubling-down of the technique Apple launched with the iPhone 14, when the Pro fashions bought a special A15 chip for the primary time with a 5-core GPU.
Improved battery life
Talking of battery efficiency, the Chinese-language website Economic Daily News believes the iPhone 14 will get a lift on this division because of enhancements in 5G expertise. The newest 5G elements are smaller and extra energy-efficient than those used within the earlier era of iPhones, releasing up area within the chassis and enabling Apple to slot in a bigger battery.
Apple plans to bump the Pro and Pro Max handsets from 6GB of RAM within the 13-series era to 8GB for the 14-series, in keeping with rumors from South Korea circulating in February 2022. The commonplace fashions, in the meantime, will soar from 4GB to 6GB.
Up to 2TB of storage
Apple has solely simply damaged the terabyte barrier, providing a cool 1TB as the highest storage tier on the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max for the primary time ever. But optimistic rumormongers suppose Apple will blast previous that milestone and double up once more to 2TB in 2022.
This idea is predicated on early testing exercise at provider companions. But we’re not solely satisfied.
iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 fashions offered within the US supply mmWave (or millimetre wave) 5G, however elsewhere this type isn’t accessible. For occasion, customers within the UK depend on the slower sub-6GHz model of 5G, which US customers get along with mmWave.
That might change with the iPhone 14. We reported again earlier than the launch of the iPhone 13 that Apple had made a big order for mmWave antenna, which prompt that the UK and different international locations would get quicker 5G with the iPhone 13. But ultimately the expertise was stored a US-only choice.
In April 2021 the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that help for mmWave could be rolled out in way more international locations as a part of the launch of the iPhone 13 fashions. He talked about Canada, Australia, Japan and “major European mobile operators,” which can embody the UK. Maybe Kuo’s radar was barely off, and mmWave will make its worldwide debut within the iPhone 14 as an alternative?
So, what’s the large take care of mmWave? Well, the theoretical most pace for mmWave is 1-2 gigabits per second, in comparison with the 100-400 megabits provided by Sub-6 GHz. However, Sub-6GHz presents an extended vary, which is to the good thing about customers outdoors the large cities. We have a separate article the place you may learn concerning the 5G protection issues confronted by the iPhone within the UK.
We have a good suggestion, by the way in which, of the elements Apple will use to supply this improved 5G connectivity, with the newly up to date X65 anticipated to look within the iPhone 14. This is fascinating as a result of it permits the usage of mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G on the similar time, and presents unprecedented speeds of as much as 10Gb/s and even improved energy effectivity.
Wi-Fi 6E is just like Wi-Fi 6, which the final three generations of iPhone already help. But it provides compatibility with the 6Hz band, rising bandwidth, bettering speeds and lowering interference.
According to a July 2021 report from the Taiwanese website DigiTimes, the late-2021 iPhones had been thought to characteristic help for the brand new Wi-Fi 6E wi-fi commonplace. But this didn’t occur, suggesting that it might be one of many new options within the iPhone 14 vary–and in November 2021 Ming-Chi Kuo gave this idea his backing.
DigiTimes wasn’t the primary website to foretell Wi-Fi 6E in iPhones, with Barclays analysts forecasting the identical improve again in January 2021.
How a lot will the iPhone 14 value?
Price-wise, we anticipate the usual iPhone 14 mannequin to begin at round $800, with the iPhone 14 Pro mannequin someplace between $1,000 and $1,100 (or extra if you wish to add further storage).
But anticipate the pricing construction for the iPhone 14 fashions to be a little bit totally different from the present vary, for the straightforward purpose that there isn’t anticipated to be a 5.4-inch mini model, however somewhat a lower-cost 6.7-inch Max measurement that Ming-Chi Kuo has mentioned may are available in at below $900. With that in thoughts, we anticipate the beginning lineup to vary from roughly $800-$1,000 in value, relying on mannequin and measurement.
The new bigger mannequin may additionally shake up the Pro costs. LeaksApple Pro on Twitter reported that Apple “is currently considering” bumping the costs of the Pro iPhones by $100 apiece, pushing the iPhone 14 Pro to $1,099 and the iPhone 14 Pro Max to $1,199. The account cites rising manufacturing prices and the necessity to present greater than a $100 distinction between the 14 Max and the 14 Pro.
For a tough comparability, listed below are the present beginning costs on the iPhone 13 collection, as detailed in our iPhone shopping for information. Note that these will drop in value when the 14-series handsets seem (or disappear from sale solely).
iPhone 13 mini: $699/£679
iPhone 13: $799/£779
iPhone 13 Pro: $999/£949
iPhone 13 Pro Max: $1,099/£1,049
iPhone 15 and past
While many of those rumors look set to look within the iPhone 14, it’s at all times difficult to guess the place Apple will go subsequent. So take this information with a pinch of salt, as something may occur over the months-long look forward to the brand new machine.
Bear in thoughts too that some deliberate adjustments or new options might slip and get pushed again to the subsequent era. For instance, when it comes to design, the proof is piling up that Apple is engaged on one thing very radical: extra radical certainly than the iPhone X.
An embryonic clamshell design presently often known as the iPhone Flip is in growth at Apple HQ. Prolific leaker Jon Prosser says it’s paying homage to the Galaxy Z Flip, and can are available in “fun colors.” But he additionally warns that it gained’t launch in 2022, ruling out the iPhone 14.
The evaluation firm Omdia has additionally predicted that Apple will launch two foldable iPhone fashions in 2023. Our personal Samuel Nyberg, nevertheless, thinks that Apple is not going to launch a folding iPhone. Catch up on the most recent rumors in our foldable iPhone information hub.
For a deeper dive into the longer term, learn Samuel Nyberg’s evaluation piece: The subsequent 20 years of the iPhone.