Everything we know about Apple’s upcoming 2022 iPhones
The iPhone 14 will be released in September. Although no release date has been announced, Apple typically always releases new iPhone models in September.
Pricing for the iPhone 14 is unknown, however the iPhone 13 started at $799 / £779 / AU$1,349, and prices for the future versions may be similar.
Design: The iPhone 14 will most likely resemble the iPhone 13, with the exception that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max may include a punch-hole camera instead of a notch. Instead of an iPhone 14 small, an iPhone 14 Max with a larger screen may be released.
The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro could have 6.1-inch (or 6.06-inch) OLED panels with 1170 x 2532 resolution, while the iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max could have 6.7-inch (or 6.68-inch) 1284 x 2778 OLED screens. The Pro models will have a 120Hz refresh rate, while the others will have a 60Hz refresh rate.
The main cameras on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max could be 48 megapixels (up from 12MP on the current models). Other details are unknown, although a triple-lens camera is expected on all iPhone 14 models except the base model, which will have two rear lenses.
Specs: Every iPhone 14 model is likely to contain the strong A16 Bionic CPU, but the Pro models could have up to 2TB of storage and 8GB of RAM (up from the current maximum of 6GB) (up from a current maximum of 1TB).
Battery: While little is known about the battery at this time, there are rumours that its capacity may increase as the phones become fatter to accommodate larger batteries.
RELEASE DATE FOR THE IPHONE 14
There’s no word on when the iPhone 14 will be unveiled, but we can make a decent guess based on the fact that Apple releases new models around the same time every year, generally at a special event.
On September 14, 2021, Apple announced the iPhone 13, which was released on September 24. While the iPhone 14 is unlikely to be released on those dates in 2022, Apple usually announces new models on the first or second Tuesday in September, which would be September 6 or September 13.
Then, on that week’s Friday, September 9 or 16, they normally go up for pre-order, and ship the following Friday, September 16 or 23.
Occasionally, Apple will introduce the phones on the first or second Wednesday of the month, but it appears extremely likely that it will happen around those dates. The iPhone 12 series was an exception, arriving in October 2020, although that was due to Covid-19-related delays and supply concerns.
So far, it doesn’t appear that there will be any delays this year, with trial production having begun (as of late February) and remaining on track.
PRICE OF THE IPHONE 14
We’ve heard a price leak for the iPhone 14 that revealed four members of the new lineup, including a Max but no Mini.
According to reports, the base phone will cost $799 – the iPhone 13 costs $799 / £779 / AU$1,349, so this fits – with the iPhone 14 Max costing $100 extra.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are expected to cost $1,099 and $1,199, respectively, which would be $100 more than their predecessors’ starting price.
IPHONE 14 Specifications
One thing is almost certain: the iPhone 14 will feature a new chipset, most likely dubbed the A16 or A16 Bionic. According to Ross Young, this would be manufactured on a 4nm process, implying that it would be a respectable upgrade over the iPhone 13’s 5nm A15 Bionic.
However, we’ve lately heard that a 5nm process may be used again, as TSMC (the chipset’s manufacturer) is reportedly having trouble switching to a 3nm (or 4nm) technology.
According to another rumour, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max would both have 8GB of RAM. So far, 6GB of RAM has been the most we’ve seen on an iPhone. Though we’ve heard that all models will come with 6GB of RAM, which would be an increase for the less expensive models but not for the Pro models.
On the storage front, the iPhone 13 Pro models upped the maximum amount of internal storage available from 512MB to 1TB, and we’re hearing that the iPhone 14 Pro phones could quadruple that – all the way to 2TB.
Beyond that, some sources believe we’ll see under-display Touch ID on the iPhone 14, though Mark Gurman (an Apple leaker with a good track record) has said that while Apple apparently tested it, the company is now all-in on Face ID, so it sounds like this won’t happen – and if it does, it’ll probably be alongside Face ID rather than instead.
Another source has stated that under-display Face ID would not be implemented, therefore this appears to be quite improbable.
A move from a Lightning port to USB-C is another rumoured but unlikely feature. Apple is purportedly contemplating this for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, but we’re suspicious because just one source has mentioned it.
The iPhone 14 will almost certainly contain 5G compatibility, and a patent reveals it may also include a new type of 3D Touch that uses haptic feedback to make interactions more intuitive. However, as with many patents, we don’t expect anything to come of this one.
Apple is also rumoured to be switching from a physical SIM card to an eSIM (which you won’t be able to remove). This is already available on the iPhone 13 series, but it’s in addition to, not instead of, a physical one. If Apple does go eSIM-only with any iPhone 14, it will almost certainly offer variants with both types.