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Apple iPhone 14: Most Fascinating Rumors

Nine days. This is the amount of time until Apple's "Far Out" launch event and the expected release of the iPhone 14.

We've heard numerous reports regarding the new iPhone range after nearly a year of anticipation, from its likely release date and pricing to design modifications and new camera functions. Even its operating system, iOS 16, was revealed; here's how to get the beta if you haven't already.

Even with all the hoopla surrounding the iPhone 14, Pro, Max, and Pro Max, there are still many unanswered questions. Will Apple reconsider the cost of its forthcoming iPhones? When exactly will the iPhone 14 be available for preorder and purchase? What distinguishes it from the iPhone 13? And, what will it even look like?

We won't have solid answers until Apple's big announcement, but one thing is certain: Now is not the time to purchase a new iPhone, given that Apple's 2022 flagship is likely so close to its release. We anticipate the Series 8 Apple Watch and potentially a new Apple Watch SE in the near future.

While counting down the days till the expected release of the iPhone 14, we are collecting rumors regarding the new iPhone. This article will be updated as new information becomes available. If you're looking for ways to kill time until Apple's event on September 7, check out CNET's list of the best places to sell your old phone. Plus, here are all the hidden iOS 16 features we missed plus 20 iPhone tips that can make you a better user.

iPhone 14 lineup rumors: Will there detached be four phones?

We don't know much about the iPhone 14, but we've heard that Apple's next generation would eschew the iPhone Mini in favor of larger devices. A report published by Nikkei Asian Review in 2021 projected the demise of the iPhone 14 Mini, and a research note compiled by MacRumors from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also stated that the Mini was not long for this world. Kuo predicted that the iPhone 14 lineup will consist of four variants, with two size options for each "high-end" and "low-end" model.

While name speculation is less relevant to the discussion of Apple's 2022 lineup than it was for unlucky 13, rumors suggest a slight shift in naming conventions, with an iPhone 14, an iPhone 14 Pro, an iPhone 14 Max, and an iPhone 14 Pro Max, with "Pro" denoting higher-end specifications and "Max" referring to a larger casing.

iPhone 14 size rumors: How stout will screens be?

Both of Apple's most recent iPhone lineups have had a base model with a 6.1-inch display and a Pro Max with a 6.7-inch display. According to the same Nikkei Asian Review source, Apple will maintain these dimensions for the iPhone 14, but will eliminate the 5.4-inch Mini. This rumor is supported by a 9to5Mac report from March. Reports indicated poor sales of the iPhone 12 Mini, so it would not be surprising if Apple discontinued the diminutive phone in 2022.

According to CAD images posted by Twitter leaker ShrimpApplePro, the display bezels for the Pro Max are supposed to be 20 percent thinner than previous iPhone generations, despite the fact that the size of the upcoming iPhone is expected to remain same. This would result in a somewhat larger display. Note, however, that this rumor should be taken with a grain of salt because ShrimpApplePro lacks a significant track record to corroborate their assumptions.

Rumored iPhone 14 shroud sizes

iPhone 14 6.1 inches
iPhone 14 Pro 6.1 inches
iPhone 14 Max 6.7 inches
iPhone 14 Pro Max 6.7 inches

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

Apple has scheduled its next launch event for 7 September at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. BST). The next iPhone must emerge at this event, maybe in opposition to Apple Watch Series 8.

Although we now know the incredible release date for the iPhone 14, it has not yet been announced. However, similar to other parts of the upcoming iPhone, speculations can provide some indications. According to a recent Bloomberg rumor, the next iPhone will go on sale on September 16.

Apple holds its yearly autumnal harvest Almost every year, iPhone production begins in September, and the phone bodies are released shortly thereafter, typically on the following Friday. Occasionally, Apple delays the availability of specific models, particularly when introducing a new gain or size. Therefore, it is probable that the iPhone 14 series will have multiple discontinuation dates.

Here's what we know: 

  • Apple usually holds its legal proceedings on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. The Apple iPhone 13 event took place on Tuesday, September 14, while the event for this year is scheduled for Wednesday, September 7.
  • The average gap between Apple announcements and the introduction of new iPhone is one and a half weeks.
  • New iPhones typically go on sale on a Friday during the third week of September. Preorders for the iPhone 13 opened on September 17 and the devices went on sale on September 24.

You can read about the convincing Labor Day scenario that CNET came up with after digging deeply into the Apple timetable a few days ago here. Although our prediction was out by a week for 2021, it matches Apple's planned launch event this year.

iPhone 14 price: How much will Apple's 2022 iPhone cost?

Between the 2020 iPhone 12 and the 2021 iPhone 13, Apple made very little price modifications. But given that the iPhone 14 is anticipated to undergo larger revisions, it becomes sense to assume that Apple would increase prices in 2022.

Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives predicts a $100 price rise for the upcoming iPhone. Ives told The Sun, "Prices have been rising throughout the entire supply chain, and Cupertino needs to pass these costs to the consumer on this release. Kuo also makes the decision that Apple might raise the cost of its forthcoming iPhone.

Other reports, on the other hand, claim that the iPhone 14 will cost as much as or even less than the model from last year. According to a Korean leaker going by the handle yeux1122, Apple intends to "lock" the price of the iPhone 14 base model.

Here are the prices for each model of the iPhone 13 lineup at launch, broken down by state.

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 Pro $999 $1,099 $1,299 $1,499
iPhone 13 Pro Max $1,099 $1,199 $1,399 $1,599

Camera rumors: A better front-facing camera and more for the iPhone 14?

For the next iPhone 14, Apple might include a few camera improvements. According to rumors, the tech giant has found a new source for a more expensive lens for its front-facing camera. The new selfie camera for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro will be provided by South Korean supplier LG Innotek, according to a report from Korean tech site ET News, which cited unnamed diligent sources.

In an investors note that was reported by 9to5Mac, Kuo also provided insights into prospective camera improvements for the iPhone 14 at the same same time as the iPhone 13 launch. In the memo, Kuo foresees a hole-punch run camera that would eliminate the notch on the iPhone 14 and a 48-megapixel wide rear camera for the Pro and Pro Max variants, an increase from the prior iPhones' 12 megapixels.

To compensate for the front-facing camera and Face ID, display analyst Ross Young predicts that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will have a hole-and-pill shaped design. According to a MacRumors report from January, the pill-shaped cutout houses the front camera and Face ID camera, while the hole is thought to be for the Face ID dot projector. This report is supported by allegedly leaked CAD renderings of the iPhone 14, which were spotted by 91mobiles.

In terms of the camera's megapixel capacity, Kuo's assumption is consistent with both a recent research note from Haitong International Securities, which MacRumors also covered, and a report from the market research firm TrendForce. Jeff Pu and TrendForce predict that each of the two Pro versions will have a 48-megapixel wide-angle lens. The iPhones will include a triple-lens rear camera, according to Pu, with a 48-megapixel wide lens and 12-megapixel ultrawide and telephoto lenses. The expert also mentions that the iPhone 14 Pro models might come with 8GB of RAM. (The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max have 6GB, in contrast.) This is supported by a Korean blog account that names sources from the domestic supply chain, as MacRumors discovered.

A new Cinematic mode, ProRes video, and some zoom enhancements are among the iPhone 13 camera changes. Lidar, the highlight depth-sensing technology of the iPhone 12 Pro, was rumored to be available across the board, but in the end, it was only available on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. We haven't heard anything yet, but it's likely that Apple will dramatically expand the functionality to include its entire lineup in 2022.

An enhanced telephoto lens is a different camera function that we are impatiently awaiting. Even while the iPhone 13 Pro has a 3x optical zoom, several rival flagships, such as Samsung's Galaxy S22 Ultra, which has a 10x optical zoom, outperform it in terms of zoom capabilities.

Design rumors: iPhone 14 powerful be notchless or will it?

The week before the iPhone 13 unveiling, YouTuber and iPhone leaker Jon Prosser (whose track record is admittedly patchy) made headlines by publishing renders of the iPhone 14 Pro Max that he had ordered based on "actual photographs and schematics" obtained to him from alleged sources within Apple.

The iPhone 14 Pro's titanium alloy chassis, which was initially mentioned in a 2021 report from JPMorgan Chase, and the notchless display and hole-punch camera previously claimed by Kuo are all confirmed by Prosser's renders. Instead of the notchless iPhone 13 that we had anticipated, we received one with a smaller but still prominent notch. With the advent of the iPhone X in 2017, Apple popularized the notched reveal. Despite competitors resolving the selfie dilemma with hole-punch and under-display cameras, Apple hasn't, hmm, toned it down.

However, Prosser's renderings appear to be consistent with these earlier rumors that Apple would finally remove the original iPhone in 2022. A "total makeover" of the iPhone 14 was also predicted by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman in a September edition of his Power On newsletter, after Young's claim that Apple might use a hole-and-pill design for the new iPhone. Schematics for this hole-and-pill display first appeared on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, which Prosser later shared.

Those who had been holding out hope for a notchless iPhone since the iPhone 12 but had their expectations crushed once more by the iPhone 13 may now look forward to the possibility of having their all-screen fantasies come true with the iPhone 14 in 2022.

Before you get overly enthusiastic, keep in mind that not all iPhone 14 models might include the new notchless design. In March, MySmartPrice released alleged CAD renderings of the iPhone 14 that, you guessed it, showed a notch. However, images of the 14 Pro variant that surfaced on 91Mobiles the day prior do depict a notchless reveal. If these reports are accurate, it appears that purchasing the Pro in desirable will be necessary to get rid of the notch.

iPhone 14 says buh-bye to the camera bump but will it keep the Lightning port?

A flattened camera bump is the significant unproven design improvement that Prosser's renders depict. Prosser claims that the body of the iPhone 14 will be a "thick boy," big enough, it seems, to accommodate all the camera technology without a bothersome, protruding camera system on the back. Why is it claimed that the iPhone 14 is so thick? Maybe to accommodate a larger battery, or possibly the periscope camera that was previously speculated and was expected in 2020, according to Kuo. However, Kuo and renowned tech leaker Max Weinbach actually intended for the 14 Pro and Pro Max to feature a bigger camera bump.

According to Prosser at least, the demise of the Lightning port and the advent of USB-C are two previous speculations that won't come true (the EU may complete Apple to add USB-C ports to iPhones, however). It appears that the entirely portless iPhone rumors that have been going around for a while won't be realized in 2022.

iPhone 14 shining rumors: Pale gold, perhaps?

Prosser's whole color scheme was not based on any factual data from his sources, with the exception of a pale gold color, which he claimed to have personally observed. We won't know the real brilliant possibilities for the iPhone 14 until it is unveiled, just as with all other speculated specifications.

Rumored iPhone 14 features and specs?

Here is everything else about the technical details and potential new features of the iPhone 14 series that we currently know (or believe we know).

An always-on lock screen

According to Bloomberg, Apple's iOS 16 will introduce an always-on mode for the lock Hide. However, the premium iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max could find this feature strange.

Better battery life

According to a rumor from Taiwan's Economic Daily News, Apple's 2022 iPhone might have a greater battery life (via MacRumors). This is allegedly because of a new 5G chip, which could also provide Wi-Fi 6E connection for the upcoming iPhone.

The iPhone 14 lineup's higher battery capacities for each model could further enhance battery life. The normal iPhone 14 may feature a 3,279 mAh battery, while the iPhone 14 Pro Max may have a 4,323 mAh battery, according to ShrimpApplePro.

Wi-Fi 6E adoption

According to a November memo from Kuo, which 9to5Mac reported on, the iPhone 14 might have Wi-Fi 6E. The analyst claims that Moody may have the parts required for Wi-Fi 6E, though. Wi-Fi 6E is reportedly included in Apple's upcoming VR headset.

A16 chip

According to previous rumors, the entire iPhone 14 series would receive an A16 processor upgrade, which would be consistent with Apple's previous trend and an improvement above the A15 chip found in the most recent iPhone. But according to Kuo's March prediction, the A15 will continue to be used in the 14 and 14 Max and will only be used in the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.

120Hz ProMotion display

All iPhone 14 models could feature Apple's ProMotion display, which is currently only available on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max models. ProMotion increases the refresh rate of the screen to 120Hz for smoother performance. Based on adjustments in Apple's supply chain that would make it simpler for the company to offer the capability throughout its next lineup, this is more conjecture than actual rumor.

Young, though, predicts that Apple will keep restricting the use of ProMotion displays to its Pro models. The analyst claims that Chinese company BOE will be one of Apple's LTPO OLED Show suppliers, although the business doesn't currently have a significant manufacturing capacity.

5G connectivity 

Unsurprisingly, Apple also includes 5G connectivity in the iPhone 13 in addition to the iPhone 12 series. There is no reason to believe that the iPhone 14s will not be 5G compatible as well. Additionally, according to a 2021 Nikkei Asian Review description, Apple will "go all in on 5G" in 2022.

MagSafe accessories

MagSafe was added to the iPhone with the 2020 iPhone 12 series, just like 5G. One of our favorite aspects of the iPhone 12 was its magnetic snap-on attachments, which included chargers, battery packs, and wallets. The next generation of Apple phones will be compatible with MagSafe, much like the iPhone 13 is.

Satellite connectivity

The inclusion of satellite connectivity, which would have allowed users to send text messages through satellite in locations without cellular coverage, at least in emergency scenarios, was an 11th-hour iPhone 13 rumor from Kuo that didn't materialize, according to Bloomberg. Unfortunately, satellite connectivity is not available in any of the iPhone 13 models. However, this might indicate that it will be included in the iPhone 14.

When the iPhone 14 is released, stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, read CNET's reviews of the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini, as well as the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. Also included are comparisons between the four iPhone 13 variants, differences between the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12, advice on whether to purchase an iPhone 12 or iPhone 11, and an overview of Apple's iPhones over the previous five years. Here is all there is to know about the iPhone SE in 2022.

The Mini's status as an iPhone model might be coming to an end. Apple did introduce an iPhone 13 Mini in September, but, as reported on Monday by 9to5Mac, the company has no plans to include the more compact model in its iPhone 14 portfolio.

According to sources consulted by the website, there will be four models available in 6.1- and 6.7-inch sizes, but there won't be a 5.4-inch model.

The iPhone 12 Mini reportedly didn't sell well, and more recent speculations indicate that Apple may remove the Mini from the iPhone 14 lineup in 2022. After years of embracing larger phones, the value of a smaller iPhone didn't feel as significant as Apple may have intended. Priced at $729 when it launched in 2020, it was hardly an effort phone.

According to 9to5Mac, the iPhone 14 lineup will feature two CPU levels, with two models using the A15 chip and the top two using a new chip. This appears to confirm the forecast made by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo on Sunday that the iPhone 14's top models would be equipped with the brand-new A16 processor.

And it's possible that the iPhone 14 may finally feature the long-rumored satellite connectivity. Apple is reportedly working on giving consumers the ability to make calls and send messages in locations without cellular coverage, even though the functionality was supposed to arrive with the iPhone 13 last year, according to 9to5Mac.

As it does practically every year, Apple is anticipated to conduct its annual autumn iPhone event in September and disclose the phones' bodies soon after.

In response to a request for comment, Apple took some time to answer.