What can we expect from the new iPhone? Apple's secretive nature means it's hard to say what the new iPhone will look like, what features it will have or even what it will be called. That hasn't stopped a lot of speculation though - some reliable, some not-so-much! Here’s a round-up of the latest rumors, including: Release dates, New features, Design and Pricing
History suggests that September is a safe bet, with the iPhone usually being unveiled in the 2nd or 3rd week. However, it’s recently been announced that Apple will move the iPhone launch forward a week, with a rumored launch date of September 7th!
Apple usually follows this routine to perfection with the iPhone 13 launch, but this year it looks like we will see the new model sooner than expected.
The iPhone 13 range launched on September 14 2021, with pre-orders opening on September 17. The range then went on general release on September 24.
Apple has only deviated from this schedule a couple of times. For example, the iPhone 12 launched late due to COVID-related production issues.
Logic suggests ‘iPhone 14’ but this is Apple, and… well, they have history when it comes to surprises.
There’s always a chance Apple could name it something completely random too but, given we’ve had a few years of relative stability when it comes to iPhone naming conventions, the iPhone 14 seems like a pretty safe bet.
The latest rumors suggest four… but not necessarily the four you might expect.
Reports suggest Apple will drop the Mini model from the 14 range due to disappointing sales. In its place will be a larger version of the standard model, the iPhone 14 Max.
The current rumored line-up is:
6.1” iPhone 14 (the standard model)
6.1” iPhone 14 Pro (a more powerful version of the standard model)
6.7” iPhone 14 Max (a bigger version of the standard model)
6.7” iPhone 14 Pro Max (a bigger version of the Pro model)
There haven’t been any official details of pricing yet. Rumors suggest we could potentially see a slight increase in cost due to supply chain price increases.
However, Apple has kept a similar price structure for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12, so they may continue with this.
We’d expect the iPhone 14 range to retail around the same as the iPhone 13, however, we’ll have to wait for confirmation of pricing for the new 14 Max.
Here’s the current pricing of the iPhone 13 range:
iPhone 13 Mini starts from $699
iPhone 13 starts from $799
iPhone 13 Pro starts from $999
iPhone 13 Pro Max starts from $1,099
As previously mentioned, there will be two main displays available: a 6.1” ‘standard’ screen and a 6.7” ‘Max’ screen.
The biggest news is that we might finally bid farewell to the infamous ‘notch’. Apple is apparently considering embedding the front camera in a punchhole instead, with Touch ID integrated via an under-screen scanner.
It has also been suggested the new iPhone range will support 120Hz ProMotion across all models (not just the Pro models).
It’s rumored 2022 may also see the end of the ‘camera bump’, with Apple introducing a thicker chassis to accommodate its impressive camera tech.
The new iPhone may also include a ‘vapor chamber thermal system’. Although it sounds like something from Star Trek, it’s actually a cooling system that will compensate for faster 5G speeds and higher processing power. Apple may keep this one in their back pocket for a future iPhone though.
Apple may also use titanium to construct the iPhone rather than steel or aluminum. This means fewer scratches and maybe even a bit more protection against drops.
It’s also been suggested the standard iPhone 14 range will launch in black, white, blue, red, and purple colorways, while the Pro models will be available in graphite, gold, silver, and a purple that shifts tones depending on lighting conditions.
Finally, there’s the rumor that comes up almost every year: that Apple will swap the Lightning port for a USB-C port, or get rid of the port entirely in favor of wireless MagSafe charging. There isn’t any concrete evidence to support this claim though!
We can say with relative certainty that the new iPhone range will feature a powerful new chip, and that chip will likely be called the A16.
There are suggestions the iPhone 14 will also feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X65 5G modem, which is the world’s first 10 gigabit 5G modem.
There’s also been rumors that all models in the iPhone 14 range will feature 6GB RAM and the same storage capacity options as the 13 range.
Finally, Apple may introduce satellite-based emergency features so users can send texts even if they don’t have network coverage.
The entire iPhone 14 range is rumored to include improvements to the ultra-wide camera, with the potential addition of periscope zoom for higher quality zoomed-in photography.
The most exciting camera rumors refer to the Pro models, with some sources claiming they will have a 48-megapixel camera and 8K video recording capabilities.
It’s also been suggested the front lens may receive an upgrade, with a wider f/1.9 aperture (to allow sharper focus and improved depth) and the addition of autofocus.