Last-Minute iPhone 14 Rumors Before the Big Apple Event Reveal

This story is a part of Focal Level iPhone 2022, CNET’s assortment of stories, ideas and recommendation round Apple’s hottest product.

The iPhone 14 is probably going coming actually quickly. Apple’s “Far Out” launch occasion is scheduled for Wednesday, and we anticipate to lastly get a glimpse on the new iPhone. 

After almost a yr of ready, we have heard a slew of rumors in regards to the iPhone 14 lineup, from its attainable launch date and worth to design modifications and new digital camera options. We even received a take a look at its working system, iOS 16 — here is how one can obtain the beta now (and here is which iPhones will not work with iOS 16). 

Even with all the excitement in regards to the iPhone 14, Professional, Max and Professional Max, there are many questions nonetheless floating round. Will Apple elevate the worth for its upcoming iPhones? When precisely will you have the ability to preorder and purchase the iPhone 14? How will or not it’s completely different from the iPhone 13? And what is going to it even seem like

Learn extra: iPhone 14 Apple Occasion: Watch our Stay Updates

We can’t have definitive solutions till Apple’s huge announcement, however one factor is for certain: Now is not the time to purchase a brand new iPhone, particularly since Apple’s 2022 flagship is probably going so near its debut. We anticipate to see the Apple Watch Collection 8 and presumably a new Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Professional quickly, too. 

Whereas we rely down the hours to the iPhone 14’s probably arrival, we’re persevering with to gather all of the rumors in regards to the upcoming iPhone. The newest being that the iPhone 14 Professional could sport a single pill-shaped cutout in its show. 

We’ll replace this story as new data turns into accessible. If you happen to’re searching for methods to cross the time till Apple’s Sept. 7 occasion, take a look at CNET’s record of the perfect locations to commerce in your previous telephone. Plus, here is each hidden iOS 16 function we did not anticipate finding and the 22 iPhone ideas that’ll make you an influence consumer

Early renders of the iPhone 14 from Jon Prosser counsel a notchless design and flush digital camera setup.

Jon Prosser

iPhone 14 lineup rumors: Will there nonetheless be 4 telephones?

We nonetheless do not know a lot in regards to the iPhone 14, however we have heard that Apple’s subsequent lineup will nix the Mini and concentrate on bigger telephones as a substitute. A 2021 report from Nikkei Asian Assessment predicted the demise of the iPhone 14 Mini, and a analysis notice from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo obtained by MacRumors additionally advised that the Mini was not lengthy for this world. Nonetheless, Kuo reported, the iPhone 14 lineup will nonetheless comprise 4 fashions, a “high-end” and a “lower-end,” with two dimension choices for every.

Whereas title hypothesis is not as germane to the dialogue of Apple’s 2022 lineup because it was for unfortunate 13, rumors counsel a small shift in naming conventions, with an iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Professional, iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Professional Max, with “Professional” designating higher-end specs and “Max” referring to the bigger display dimension.

Learn extra: iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13: Selfie Cameras Might Get Largest Overhaul in Years

iPhone 14 dimension rumors: How giant will screens be?

Apple’s final two iPhone lineups have featured the identical 6.1-inch dimension for the bottom mannequin, going as much as 6.7 inches for the Professional Max. In keeping with the identical Nikkei Asian Assessment report, Apple will keep on with these sizes for the iPhone 14, however delete the 5.4-inch Mini. This rumor is corroborated by a March report from 9to5Mac. Experiences confirmed sluggish gross sales of the iPhone 12 Mini, so it’s going to be no shock ought to Apple retire the small telephone in 2022.

Though the dimensions of the subsequent iPhone is predicted to remain the identical, the show bezels for the Professional Max are rumored to be 20 p.c smaller in comparison with earlier iPhone generations, based on CAD renders shared by Twitter leaker ShrimpApplePro. This implies the display could be barely bigger. Nonetheless, it is necessary to notice that this rumor must be taken with a grain of salt since ShrimpApplePro would not have an intensive monitor file to help their speculations.

Rumored iPhone 14 display sizes

iPhone 14 6.1 inches
iPhone 14 Professional 6.1 inches
iPhone 14 Max 6.7 inches
iPhone 14 Professional Max 6.7 inches
An iPhone sits on a wood table next to a coffee cup

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Launch date: When will the iPhone 14 go on sale?

Apple has set its subsequent launch occasion for Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. BST). The brand new iPhone is predicted to make its debut at this occasion, presumably alongside Apple Watch Collection 8. 

Though we now know the possible launch date for the iPhone 14, its launch date has but to be confirmed. However like different elements of the brand new iPhone, rumors can present a couple of hints. A current Bloomberg report means that the brand new iPhone will go on sale Sept. 16. 

Apple holds its annual fall iPhone occasion in September virtually yearly, with the telephones being launched shortly thereafter, normally the Friday of the next week. Typically Apple will stagger launch dates for particular fashions, particularly when introducing a brand new design or dimension. So it is attainable that the iPhone 14 lineup could have multiple launch date.

Here is what we all know: 

  • Apple tends to carry its occasions on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Apple’s iPhone 13 occasion was held on Tuesday, Sept. 14, and this yr’s occasion is slated for Wednesday, Sept. 7.
  • iPhone launch dates are sometimes every week and a half after Apple’s bulletins. 
  • Normally, new iPhones are launched on a Friday, across the third week of September. For the iPhone 13, preorders started Sept. 17 and the telephones went on sale Sept. 24.

Just a few years in the past, CNET took a deep dive into the Apple occasion timeline and emerged with a compelling Labor Day speculation, which you’ll examine right here. Though our speculation was every week off for 2021, this yr it aligns with the date of Apple’s scheduled launch occasion. 

Learn extra: We Cannot Wait For These Upcoming Telephones

iPhone 14 worth: How a lot will Apple’s 2022 iPhone value?

Apple did not make any main worth modifications between 2020’s iPhone 12 and 2021’s iPhone 13. However with greater modifications anticipated to be on the best way for the iPhone 14, it is cheap to imagine that Apple could elevate costs in 2022. 

The brand new iPhone may even see a $100 worth enhance, based on Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives. “Costs have been rising throughout the entire provide chain, and Cupertino must cross these prices to the buyer on this launch,” Ives informed The Solar. Kuo additionally estimates that Apple may increase the price for its new iPhone.

Nonetheless, different rumors counsel that the iPhone 14 will share the identical worth as final yr’s mannequin, or might be even cheaper. A Korean leaker who goes by the deal with yeux1122 suggests Apple plans to “freeze” the worth of the bottom mannequin of the iPhone 14. 

For reference, here is how a lot every model of the iPhone 13 lineup value at launch.

iPhone 13 pricing

128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
iPhone 13 Mini $699 $799 $999 N/A
iPhone 13 $799 $899 $1,099 N/A
iPhone 13 Professional $999 $1,099 $1,299 $1,499
iPhone 13 Professional Max $1,099 $1,199 $1,399 $1,599

Digicam rumors: A greater front-facing digital camera and extra for the iPhone 14?

Apple could have a couple of digital camera upgrades in retailer for the upcoming iPhone 14. Rumors say the tech big has chosen a brand new provider for its front-facing digital camera to make a higher-end lens. In keeping with a report from Korean tech website ET Information, citing unnamed trade sources, South Korean provider LG Innotek will present the brand new selfie digital camera for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Professional. 

Kuo additionally shared insights in regards to the iPhone 14’s potential digital camera upgrades in an traders notice reported on by 9to5Mac simply after the iPhone 13 launch. Within the notice, Kuo predicts a hole-punch entrance digital camera, making the iPhone 14 notchless, in addition to a 48-megapixel vast rear digital camera for the Professional and Professional Max fashions, up from 12 megapixels on earlier iPhones.

Show analyst Ross Younger predicts, nevertheless, that the iPhone 14 Professional and Professional Max could have a hole-and-pill shaped design to accommodate for the front-facing digital camera and Face ID. The opening cutout is believed to be for the Face ID dot projector, and the pill-shaped cutout holds the entrance digital camera and Face ID digital camera, based on a January report from MacRumors. An August report from 9to5Mac additionally means that the high-end iPhone 14 could even sport a singular capsule formed cutout.

Kuo’s hypothesis relating to the digital camera’s megapixel capability aligns with each a current analysis notice from Haitong Worldwide Securities, additionally reported on by MacRumors, and a report from analysis firm TrendForce. Each Jeff Pu and TrendForce hypothesize the 2 Professional fashions might be geared up with a 48-megapixel vast lens. Pu, nevertheless, provides that the iPhones will sport a triple-lens rear digital camera system with a 12-megapixel ultrawide and telephoto lenses along with the 48-megapixel vast lens. The analyst provides that the Professional variations of the iPhone 14 might sport 8GB of RAM, as properly. (Compared, the iPhone 13 Professional and Professional Max have 6GB.) That is corroborated by a report from a Korean weblog that cites home provide chain sources, as MacRumors noticed.

iPhone 13 digital camera upgrades embrace a brand new Cinematic mode, ProRes video and a few enhancements in zoom capabilities. We had beforehand reported on rumors that your complete lineup would function lidar, the iPhone 12 Professional’s standout depth-sensing function, however lidar ended up making an look solely on the iPhone 13 Professional and Professional Max in spite of everything. It is attainable Apple may increase the function to its full lineup in 2022 as a substitute, however we have not heard something but. 

One other of the digital camera options we’re nonetheless ready on is an improved telephoto lens. Whereas the iPhone 13 Professional’s zoom capabilities got a 3x optical zoom, it nonetheless pales compared to quite a lot of competitor flagships, together with Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Extremely, which boasts a 10x optical zoom.

iphone14 bonus render

iPhone 14 might have a digital camera setup that is flush with the again of the telephone, nixing the chunky digital camera bump.

Jon Prosser

Learn extra: Each iPhone 14 Characteristic I Need to See at Apple’s Subsequent Occasion 

Design rumors: iPhone 14 may be notchless… or will it?

YouTuber and iPhone leaker Jon Prosser (whose monitor file is admittedly spotty) made waves the week earlier than the iPhone 13 announcement by releasing renders he commissioned of the iPhone 14 Professional Max based mostly on “actual pictures and schematics” leaked to him from purported sources at Apple. 

Prosser’s renders corroborate plenty of beforehand reported rumors, together with the notchless show and hole-punch digital camera beforehand reported by Kuo, and the iPhone 14 Professional’s titanium alloy chassis, which was first referenced in a 2021 report from JPMorgan Chase. We might been anticipating to see the iPhone 13 go notchless, however as a substitute we received a slimmed-down, however nonetheless very notchy, notch. Apple launched the world to the notched show in 2017 with the discharge of the iPhone X, and as rivals solved the selfie conundrum with hole-punch and under-display cameras, Apple nonetheless hasn’t, er, taken it down a notch. 

Learn extra: iPhone 14 Design Rumors

However Prosser’s renders appear to align with these earlier stories that Apple would lastly excise the iPhone’s notch in 2022. And Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman additionally hinted at its removing in a September version of his Energy On publication, whereby he predicted a “full redesign” for the iPhone 14. Whereas Younger says Apple might introduce a hole-and-pill shaped design for the brand new iPhone, others counsel a single capsule formed cutout could also be used as a substitute. 

Those that’ve been crossing their fingers for a notchless iPhone because the iPhone 12 and had their hopes dashed as soon as once more by the iPhone 13 can presumably now look ahead to a possible realization of their all-screen desires in 2022’s iPhone 14. 

Nonetheless, earlier than you get too excited, there is a chance that not all of the iPhone 14 fashions will get a brand new notchless design. MySmartPrice printed supposed CAD renders of the iPhone 14 in March, depicting — you guessed it — a notch. However renders of the 14 Professional mannequin printed the day earlier than on 91Mobiles do present a notchless show. If these rumors show true, it appears to be like such as you’ll should spring for the Professional so as to eliminate the notch.

An iPhone with a green display against a black background

A schematic of the iPhone 14’s show, shared to YouTube by Jon Prosser.

Jon Prosser

iPhone 14 says buh-bye to the digital camera bump however will it maintain the Lightning port?

The opposite huge design change Prosser’s renders present is a flattened digital camera bump. In keeping with Prosser, the iPhone 14’s physique goes to be a “thick boy,” thick sufficient, it appears, to embody all of the digital camera {hardware} with out an annoying, protruding digital camera setup on the again. Why is the iPhone 14 imagined to be so thick? Maybe to deal with an even bigger battery, and even the beforehand rumored periscope digital camera, which Kuo projected in 2020. Nonetheless, Kuo and famed tech leaker Max Weinbach have truly pointed to a thicker digital camera bump within the 14 Professional and Professional Max.

Two prior rumors that will not pan out, based on Prosser a minimum of, are the demise of the Lightning port and the addition of USB-C (the EU could drive Apple so as to add USB-C ports to iPhones, nevertheless). Rumors of a utterly portless iPhone have been circulating for some time, but it surely seems these will not come true in 2022.

iPhone 14 colour rumors: Pale gold, maybe?

So far as colours go, Prosser’s render colours weren’t based mostly on any precise data from his sources, aside from a pale gold colour, which he claims to have seen proof of himself. Nonetheless, like all different rumored specs, we can’t know the true colour choices for the iPhone 14 till it is launched.

Five iPhones in different colors sit side by side

The iPhone 13 lineup got here in a rainbow of latest hues.


Rumored iPhone 14 options and specs?

Here is the whole lot else we all know (and assume we all know) up to now in regards to the iPhone 14 lineup’s specs and potential new options.

An always-on lock display

Apple’s iOS 16 will embrace an always-on mode for the lock display, based on Bloomberg. This function, nevertheless, could also be unique to the high-end iPhone 14 Professional and iPhone 14 Professional Max. 

Higher battery life

Apple’s 2022 iPhone might provide higher battery life, based on a report from Taiwan’s Financial Day by day Information (through MacRumors). That is stated to be resulting from a brand new 5G chip that might additionally present the brand new iPhone with Wi-Fi 6E connectivity. 

A bigger battery capability for every mannequin within the iPhone 14 lineup might additionally contribute to the higher battery life. In keeping with ShrimpApplePro, the usual iPhone 14 could have a 3,279-mAh battery, whereas the iPhone 14 Professional Max could sport a 4,323-mAh battery. 

Wi-Fi 6E adoption

The iPhone 14 might be geared up with Wi-Fi 6E, based on a November notice from Kuo, reported on by 9to5Mac. Nonetheless, the analyst says the elements wanted for Wi-Fi 6E could also be in brief provide. Apple’s rumored VR headset can be stated to have Wi-Fi 6E. 

A16 chip

Earlier hypothesis was that the entire iPhone 14 sequence would improve to an A16 chip, enhancing upon the final iPhone’s A15 chip in step with Apple’s earlier sample. Nonetheless, Kuo predicted in March that the A16 will solely seem within the iPhone 14 Professional and Professional Max, whereas the 14 and 14 Max will maintain the A15. 

120Hz ProMotion show

All iPhone 14 fashions might embrace Apple’s ProMotion show, which solely the iPhone 13 Professional and Professional Max variants at present have. ProMotion boosts the display’s refresh fee for smoother efficiency, as much as 120Hz. That is extra hypothesis than precise rumor, based mostly on modifications in Apple’s provide chain that may make it simpler for the corporate to supply the function throughout its subsequent lineup.

Younger, nevertheless, speculates that Apple will proceed to supply ProMotion shows exclusively to its Pro models. The analyst means that Chinese language producer BOE could be one among Apple’s LTPO OLED show suppliers, however the firm would not have a big manufacturing capability proper now. 

5G connectivity 

Apple launched 5G connectivity to its iPhone 12 lineup and, unsurprisingly, included it within the iPhone 13 as properly. There is not any purpose to imagine we can’t see 5G-compatible iPhone 14s, too. A 2021 report from Nikkei Asian Assessment additionally predicts Apple will “go all in on 5G” in 2022.

MagSafe equipment

Like 5G, MagSafe was launched to the iPhone in 2020’s iPhone 12 lineup. The snap-on, magnetic equipment embrace wallets, battery packs and chargers, and it was one among our favourite iPhone 12 options. The iPhone 13 can be appropriate with MagSafe, and we anticipate the identical for Apple’s subsequent era of telephones.

Satellite tv for pc connectivity

An Eleventh-hour iPhone 13 rumor through Kuo that did not come to fruition was the addition of satellite tv for pc connectivity, which might permit customers to ship textual content messages through satellite tv for pc in areas with out mobile protection, a minimum of in emergency conditions, as reported by Bloomberg. Alas, satellite tv for pc connectivity is nowhere to be discovered within the iPhone 13 lineup, however maybe meaning it is coming within the iPhone 14 as a substitute.

Apple MagSafe battery pack on a purple iPhone 12

The Apple MagSafe Battery Pack on the iPhone 12.

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Keep tuned for extra iPhone 14 information because it comes out, and within the meantime, take a look at CNET’s opinions of the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini, and the iPhone 13 Professional and 13 Professional Max. Plus, here is how all 4 iPhone 13 fashions examine, how the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 differ, whether or not it is smart to purchase an iPhone 12 or iPhone 11, and how all of Apple’s iPhones from the previous 5 years stack up. And here is the whole lot to know in regards to the iPhone SE 2022.

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