Like every year, Apple is preparing a new generation of iPhone. After iPhone 13 rather stingy in novelties, the Californian brand’s turn is expected. The iPhone 14 should definitely be distinguished by new features and improvements.
Several months before the release of smartphones, a plethora of leaks appeared on the internet. Increase these indiscretions a very complete portrait of future flagships of the Cupertino giant. We take stock of what we already know about the iPhone 14.
An assortment of 4 iPhones
All Leaks Agree Apple Will Be Released four different iPhones This year. On the other hand, the Cupertino company is said to have revised the composition of its offer compared to last year. Disappointed by the sale of the iPhone 13 mini, the group would abandon the compact size. Very attentive to the market, and sometimes to users too, Apple would replace the mini edition with a second Max version. This new variant should distinguish itself by a 6.7-inch screen and a more controlled sales price.
We can still hope that the little iPhones aren’t dead, the iPhone SE is still in the catalog, and that Apple would radically change the design in its next update. We could then imagine an iPhone SE that no longer resembles an iPhone 8, but a current iPhone mini.
Anyway, the iPhone 14 range would thus consist of a standard iPhone 14, an iPhone 14 Max, an iPhone 14 Pro and an iPhone 14 Pro Max. Apple would again split its offering into two affordable models and two premium editions. With this approach, the brand hopes to appeal to a wide range of consumers.
A new design
With the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, Apple would herald a new design. The brand must make a cross on the notch inherited from the iPhone X. For the first time, the TrueDepth sensors needed for Face ID facial recognition are housed in a hole in the screen. The leaks predict an elongated double hole in the shape of a pill, the width of which would approach that of the iPhone 13’s notch.
This new, more modern design would be reserved for the Pro editions. The standard iPhone 14 and 14 Max should be satisfied with the same aesthetics as the iPhone 13. On the program of affordable editions of the range we would therefore find the notch.
The four models in the range would obviously take up much of the basic elements of previous generations. Apple is expected to reuse the flat and angular bezels inherited from the iPhone 12 and the camera housed in a huge block.
As a final point, the Lightning port would be back. Apple still wouldn’t initiate the shift to USB-C, slated for 2023.
Two chips and more RAM
The ProMotion screen was one of the main novelties of the iPhone 13 Pro. LTPO (Low Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide) technology allows the display to adjust the display frequency according to the user’s needs. Between a session gaming and playing a video, the refresh rate can fluctuate between 24 and 120 Hz on the iPhone 13 Pro.
Contrary to previous rumours, it seems that the 120Hz screen will be reserved for Pro editions again this year. We’re also talking about an improved touchscreen over 2021. The iPhone 14 Pro’s ProMotion screen could hold itself at 1 Hz, just like the Apple Watch’s screen.
This change would allow to propose a screen always on on iPhone. Obviously, the lock screen can permanently display information such as the time, weather, or last received notifications. The cheaper versions for their part will have to make do with a 60 Hz screen.always on on iPhone 14/14 Max.
Contrary to custom, Apple would rely on two different chips† On the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max we should find the new A16 Bionic chip. Still engraved in 5 nm by TSMC, the chip is said to offer better performance, especially from a graphics point of view. For their part, the iPhone 14 would be powered by an A15 Bionic chip. This is the same SoC (System on Chip) as the iPhone 13. According to the leaks, Apple has made some improvements to the chip compared to last year’s version.
On the other hand, all models in the range would be entitled to: 6GB RAM† Last year, Apple reserved the 6 GB RAM for the Pro editions. Again, not all variants would be created equal. While iPhone 14 Pros would benefit from LPDDR5 RAM, lower editions would end up with LPDDR4X RAM modules. More recently, the LPDDR5 standard guarantees more speed and lower power consumption.
Side internal memory, Apple would offer 128, 256 and 512 GB on the affordable versions. The iPhone Pro would be entitled to 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB of memory. On this side, Apple is modeled after last year’s offering.
An improved camera
Finally, Apple would make serious improvements to the photography part. The leaks talk about the disappearance of the 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor on the iPhone 14 Pro. The main objective of the group would be: a 48 megapixel photo sensor† You should also be able to record videos in 8K with this new photo module. It is not surprising that the Californian giant would reserve the 48 megapixel sensor for the most expensive versions. On the iPhone 14/14 Max, we expect to find a 12-megapixel main lens.
However, all models in the range should benefit from a new front sensor for selfies. The lens is said to be equipped with autofocus, which should greatly improve the quality of selfies.
A price increase at Apple
With the iPhone 14, Apple would again increase the price of its smartphones. Leaks talk about$100 raise on all models in the range. In the US market, the price list would range from $799 to $1,199. An increase applied in the United States of course threatens to affect prices in the rest of the world, especially in Europe. Between the realities of rising production costs, coupled with shortages of components, transportation, side effects of inflation, and the desire to save (or for some, to increase its margins), Apple is spoiled for choice when it comes to justifying price increases. All the less surprising would the iPhone SE, an accessible family smartphone, see its price increase of forty euros for its entry-level model last March.
Keynote on September 13, 2022?
Usually, Apple introduces its new iPhones at the beginning of September. The keynote is always organized on a Tuesday. Pre-orders will then start on Friday. Smartphones will hit stores a week later.
In 2020, Apple was forced to postpone the launch of its iPhone 12 due to the delay caused by its production lines. Some leaks suggest that the US group would be forced to postpone the presentation again this year. Restrictions announced in China have recently delayed production of the iPhone 14. Meanwhile, other sources claim that Apple plans to catch up and that a launch date has already been set. It would be the Tuesday September 13, 2022†