iPhone 14: news, release date, design, 48 Mpix photos, 8K videos … rumors on the Apple smartphone

The iPhone 14 will not be released before the start of the 2022 school year, but rumors about future Apple smartphones are already multiplying. Design, dimensions, prices and technical features … Numerama helps you to see things more clearly.

In a few weeks, presumably around September 10, iPhone 13 and 13 Pro will have successors. In this article we have collected all the losses and hypotheses on the iPhone 14 and its possible versions (iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max). It will be regularly updated based on new information published. Keep in mind, however, that here we are talking about indiscretions, and that you must therefore read each information with great attention pending the formalization of Apple. However, the closer we get to September, the more reliable the rumors are.

To wait before the release of these new models, do not hesitate to consult our guide to the best Apple smartphones to choose in 2022 (iPhone 13 Pro? 13 mini? SE?) To make the most informed choice.

The alleged colors of the iPhone 14, to be taken with a grain of salt for now. // Source: MacRumors

Notch or bubble on the screen? All the rumors about the iPhone 14

4 versions of iPhone 14

In 2022, Apple would still market four different versions of its iPhone. However, for the first time since 2020, there would be no mini version. Instead, Apple is reportedly offering a Max version of the iPhone 14 aimed at those who don’t want to go for the more expensive model, but want a big screen. The catalog would be as follows:

  • iPhone 14 (6.1 inch)
  • iPhone 14 Max (6.7-inch)
  • iPhone 14 Pro (6.1-inch)
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max (6.7-inch)

Two diagonals would therefore be offered, 6.1 and 6.7 inches. Users should only choose between standard models and premium versions, with better materials and exclusive functions.

Why should the mini disappear?

Obviously, the sales of the iPhone 12 mini were not satisfactory (to the point that the production lines would have been interrupted). For more than a year, all rumors have agreed on the end of the most compact iPhone in 2022. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, known for being very knowledgeable about Apple, has announced for several months that the iPhone 13 mini will be the last of is kind. No offense to fans of this format, the 5.4-inch iPhone is not expected to return in 2022.

A double punch on the iPhone 14 Pro?

What if the iPhone 14 no longer had a notch? It was the big rumor that spread in September 2021 and has continued to gain momentum ever since. A video from influencer Jon Prosser revealed this first, serious media like The Elec later confirmed his claims.

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Here’s what the notch replacement might look like on Pro models. // Source: Jon Prosser / Ian Zelbo

In January 2021, analyst Ross Young, whose area of ​​specialization is displays, announces that Apple is indeed preparing to eliminate the notch. However, it provides much more accurate information than its predecessors. This novelty would be reserved for the Pro and Pro Max models and, above all, would see the introduction of a double punch. The front camera would be hidden in a small circle while the Face ID system would be housed in a pill. There would therefore be no total elimination of the notch.

Since then, all the leaks have gone in the direction of this double punch. Several alleged images of Apple’s 3D plans feature this aesthetic peculiarity. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max would keep the iPhone 13 notch.

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An alleged shot of the iPhone 14 Pro. // Source: Max Weinbach / Twitter

An always-on screen for iPhone 14 Pro?

Thanks to their ProMotion screens, iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are able to vary the refresh rate to improve the fluidity of the display. They can go from 10 to 120Hz, while the iPhone 13s are always on 60Hz.

All iPhones 14 are expected to inherit ProMotion technology, but iPhone 14 Pro could go even further. It is an improved OLED panel capable of varying between 1 Hz and 120 Hz, which would allow Apple to activate a function well known to owners of Android smartphones: the always-on screen. Even in standby, the iPhone 14 Pro would show the time and notifications. The restyling of the lock screen in iOS 16 goes in this direction.

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The iPhone 13 (left) and 13 mini (right) // Source: Numerama / MT

48 megapixels on the iPhone 14 Pro, to film in 8K?

What if the iPhone Pro sensor went from 12 megapixels to … 48 megapixels? It was Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities who addressed this possibility in his September 2021 brief. A note obtained by MacRumors in December 2021 appears to confirm this move to a better defined sensor. This would allow the iPhone 14 Pro to shoot in 8K, like high-end Android smartphones. Standard models shouldn’t benefit from these additional pixels. Since 2015 and since the iPhone 6s, Apple has always used 12 Mpix sensors. This change would allow him to drastically improve his photographic algorithm.

The dedicated zoom telephoto lens and ultra wide angle module would remain attached to the 12 Mpix sensors.

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A comparison of the data sheets of the iPhone X, SE (2) and 13 // Source: Apple

An increase in quality for selfies?

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the four iPhone 14s should have a better front camera than the iPhone 13s. There is talk of a camera module with a larger aperture (f / 1.9 instead of f / 2.2), in addition to the arrival of autofocus to never have a blurry selfie again.

The A16 chip reserved for the iPhone 14 Pro?

Every year, Apple accompanies the launch of its new iPhone with a new chip. This year, the rumors are pretty strange. It is rumored that Apple would reserve its A16 Bionic chip for the iPhone 14 Pro and leave an A15 Bionic chip in the iPhone 14. This would be a first for the brand, but that would be explained by the lack of new features of the A16 chip and, more importantly , the shortage of components that would prevent Apple from producing the A16 chip in sufficient quantities. We don’t know if the four iPhones will be entitled to a newer 5G modem with the arrival of Wi-Fi 6E. It is technically possible, there is no modem built into Apple Silicon chips.

6 GB of RAM … or 8 GB?

As the months go by, it seems unlikely that Apple will increase the amount of RAM on its iPhones. Some media have hinted at switching to 8GB of RAM, but Apple would prefer to opt for 6GB of RAM for the full range (only Pro models are eligible today). It’s not a highlight though, iOS is too well optimized for that.

Still no Touch ID under the iPhone 14 screen

Apple now only sells a smartphone with a round button that connects to the home screen and allows Touch ID to work: the iPhone SE. Touch ID technology allows the phone to recognize one or more fingerprints, which is used in particular to unlock the smartphone.

Since 2017, Apple fans have been hoping for the return of Touch ID, especially since Face ID facial recognition doesn’t work in all conditions. It will not happen with the iPhone 14, Apple instead relies on Face ID with mask or horizontal facial recognition, novelty of its latest updates.

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The camera module would still protrude from the back of the iPhone 14. // Source: Jon Prosser / Ian Zelbo

A switch to USB Type-C from the iPhone 14?

The European Union won, Apple should soon be forced to adopt USB-C in its smartphones. However, it will not be with the iPhone 14. Apple would have chosen the fall of 2023, the iPhone 15 therefore, to abandon its proprietary Lightning port. The iPhone 14 would therefore keep the Lightning but could improve it, with higher speeds.

When will the iPhone 14 come out?

If we follow Apple’s usual schedule and the company keeps up, the iPhone 14 range should be presented in September 2022, for the marketing of the devices a few days later. The iPhone 13, for example, was unveiled on September 14, 2021 and sold on September 24. Until then, the rumors should continue to multiply.

What prices for the iPhone 14?

Very clever would be the one who claims to know the prices of the iPhone 14 in advance. If we can imagine that they will remain in line with those of the iPhone 13 (909 euros for the 13, 1159 euros for the Pro), the shortage of components can affect on prices charged by Apple. The death of the mini model will also take away the call price of 809 euros. We should have a more expensive Max model instead.

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