The iPhone 14 rumors are picking up, and Apple's new iPhones could bring the biggest changes in years. The leaks so far point to a sleeker new design, a faster A16 Bionic chip, a sharper new main camera and the possible return of Touch ID.
The iPhone 14 Pro models could see the most radical upgrades, as they are tipped to feature under-display Face ID and to ditch the notch for a punch hole front camera. They could also get USB-C connectivity. But the regular iPhone 14 lineup could get a big shakeup, too, as the mini is expected to be killed in favor of a new 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max.
In other words, it's easy to see why the iPhone 14 is one of our most anticipated phones of 2022. Here’s what we’ve heard so far about the iPhone 14, why it figures to be one of the biggest Apple products of 2022 and what we’d like to see from the new flagships.
iPhone 14 latest rumors (Updated January 21)
- A new set of iPhone 14 Pro renders have appeared in a concept video that shows what Apple's flagship could look like without the notch.
- It looks like the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max could ditch the notch for a punch hole and pill-shaped cutout to put Face ID under the display.
- The iPhone 14 Pro models are tipped to upgrade to a 48MP main camera, which could be a big deal.
- A leaker has tipped the prices of the iPhone 14 and it's not great news.
iPhone 14 possible release date and price
We’ve heard no hint on a potential release date for the iPhone 14. But going by previous Apple iPhone launch events, we’d expect to see the iPhone 14 make its debut in September 2022.
As for price, it’s also difficult to predict. But we suspect the iPhone 14 will match the price of the iPhone 13, which starts at $799 for the regular iPhone 13 and $999 for the iPhone 13 Pro. However, there could be no iPhone 14 mini at all, so we'd expect a larger 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max to cost $899.
From there, the iPhone 14 Pro could cost $999 and the iPhone 14 Pro Max $1,099 or more.
However, leaker LeaksApplePro has claimed a price hike could be coming for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max with the phones costing $1,099 and $1,199 respectively. That’s a $100 price increase compared to their iPhone 13 counterparts. This relatively significant leap in launch price would certainly sting the wallet of anyone hoping to score a high-end next-gen iPhone 14.
If you're on the fence between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13, we've rounded up some reasons to buy the iPhone 13 now vs waiting for the iPhone 14.
iPhone 14 Max replacing iPhone 14 mini
Despite the iPhone 12 mini's reportedly poor sales, Apple released an iPhone 13 mini alongside the other iPhone 13 models last fall. But the mini could be toast after that, as the company will reportedly shake up the iPhone 14 lineup for 2022. There could be a larger iPhone 14 Plus or Max to go along with the regular 6.1-inch iPhone 14. So there would be two regular size phones and two larger screen iPhone 14 models.
This was further backed up by leaker Jon Prosser, who claimed the iPhone 14 Max will be the replacement for a mini phone, offering a 6.7-inch display only without coming with a load of pro features and thus a hefty price tag. Given the appetite for larger phones, a big yet more affordable iPhone could be just the thing for iPhone fans.
Ditching the iPhone 14 isn't the only big change expected versus the iPhone 14. See our iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13 comparison for all the biggest rumored differences so far.
iPhone 14 design
According to Jon Prosser and his Front Page Tech video, the iPhone 14 will look like an iPhone 12 crossed with an iPhone 4, in that it’ll stick with flat edges. But those edges could include a mute button and a group of rounded buttons for volume central, harking back to the iPhone 4.
Supposedly, the sides of the iPhone 14 could be made out of titanium, which could make it tougher and stronger than the previous iPhones, whereas the back would retain the glass finish but seemingly with a satin-like finish.
Another design change potentially in the cards for the iPhone 14 is the trio of rear cameras will no longer protrude from the iPhone’s rear but sit flush with the back. Given advancements in camera sensor technology and lens manufacturing, this could be a possibility.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has also added his thoughts on the iPhone 14 leaks and has claimed the next Apple phone will have “a complete redesign" setting it rather far apart from the iPhone 13. And the most notable iPhone 14 design change is set to be ditching the current display notch in favor of a "hole-punch-sized notch."
However, these changes could be limited to the iPhone 14 Pro series. Apple leaker DylanDKT posted on Twitter that the iPhone 14 Pro models will have under-display Face ID tech and that a hole-punch cutout will replace the notch.
What might that look like? Developer Jeff Grossman whipped up an iPhone 14 Pro mock-up with a pill-shaped camera cutout replacing the notch. (Some reports suggest Apple will go with this more oval cutout instead of the round one phone makers currently favor).
This design was give some more weight by display analyst Ross Young, who noted that a pill-shaped cutout will be present on the iPhone 14 Pro. But Young also said a second circular punch-hole cutout will be alongside it to hold the selfie camera.
Another set of renders from The Hacker 34 on YouTube shows what the iPhone 14 Pro could look like without the notch. It also shows rear cameras that are nearly flush with the rest of the back of the phone.
Here are four potential iPhone 14 designs that Apple could use to ditch the notch.
iPhone 14 display
We’re expecting a shakeup in the iPhone 14 range, as we'll reportedly see a standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro come with a 6.1-inch display, and a possible iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max to sport a 6.7-inch display. So no more 5.4-inch mini.
Given the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max have a 120Hz refresh rate display, it would be great to see all iPhone 14 models have such a screen, likely using an LTPO panel or an evolution of that display tech.
A new supply chain rumor has the iPhone 14 Max, potentially called the iPhone 14 Plus, tipped to get a 120Hz refresh rate display. LG will apparently be the screen maker in this case, though it's as yet unclear whether the standard iPhone 14 will get a faster refresh rare or stick to 60Hz.
One report from The Elec says that at least one iPhone 14 model with sport an LTPS display, which means a 60Hz panel could be sticking around. Subsequent supply chain reports have only reinforced the idea that the standard iPhone 14 may miss out on a fast-refreshing display.
An always-on display would also seem logical for the iPhone 14 given it was tipped for the iPhone 13 but never made it into the latest iPhone.
iPhone 14 Touch ID
One of the most significant changes for the iPhone 14 over its predecessors is tipped to be the return of Touch ID. Only rather than get integrated into a power button, it will supposedly be embedded under the iPhone 14’s display, much like a lot of fingerprint sensors on the best Android phones.
According to a recently leak, the iPhone 13 Pro models will come with an under-display take of Touch ID. But the leaker was careful to say that this take on Touch ID is still being tested and it's "unclear" if we will end up seeing it.
A separate leak from @PandaIsBald on Weibo in a since-deleted post says that the iPhone 14 actually won't have in-display Touch ID, so the jury is out on how likely under-display Touch ID on the iPhone 14 will be.
iPhone 14 cameras
We’re starting to hear some more about the iPhone 14 cameras, and the rumors are getting pretty interesting. One report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo tips a 48MP main sensor for the iPhone 14 Pro models, which would be a big jump from the 12MP camera on the iPhone 13.
This rumor was given a little more credence by another leak that has both models of the iPhone 14 Pro are tipped to come with a 48MP main camera to go alongside a telephoto lens and ultra-wide angle snapper. TrendForce, a Taiwanese research firm, backs up the 48MP main camera rumor, suggesting that megapixels matter once more to Apple — at least when it comes to the company's Pro phones.
While a bigger main sensor will be welcome, we're particularly interested in an improved telephoto lens, as the iPhone lags behind the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S21. In fact, it would be rather neat if Apple drew inspiration from the Galaxy S21 Ultra and opted for a secondary telephoto camera with something like a 10x optical zoom.
One Apple patent points to Apple working on a periscope-style zoom camera, which could make its way to the iPhone 14, or at least the Pro models. However, Ming-Chi Kuo now says the periscope camera won't appear until the iPhone 15 in 2023.
iPhone 14 specs, battery life and charging
So far we only have tidbits of info on the potential iPhone 14 specs. We’re rather confident that 2022’s iPhone will make use of an A-series chip design by Apple. Likely to be the A16, the chip will almost certainly offer a notable boost in both processor and graphics performance over the A15 Bionic tipped for the iPhone 13.
The iPhone 14 is tipped to feature a 4nm chip from TSMC, which would be even smaller and more efficient than the 5nm A15 Bionic slated for the iPhone 13. However, a recent report claims that TSMC is having a problem producing the smaller chips, which means the iPhone 14 could stick with a 5nm chipset. If so, it will be the first time an IPhone's gone three years with the same-size system-on-chip.
See our take on a possible iPhone 14 4nm A16 Bionic chip and what it mean for you as analysts weigh in on the benefits.
It's also possible that the iPhone 14 will feature an Apple-made 5G modem, following Apple's acquisition of Intel's modem business. This would presumably give Apple more control over both the 5G performance and battery life impact.
The chip will supposedly be paired with 8GB of RAM, for the iPhone 14 Pro models at least, which should give these phones a serious boost in performance. Apple's approach to efficiency and tight control of both hardware and software from end-to-end has meant its iPhones have been able to match and beat the best Android phones with less onboard RAM. So there's a good chance it could do a lot more with an extra 2GB of RAM, further making the iPhone a performance powerhouse.
On other hand, analyst Jeff Pu predicts that all four iPhone 14 models will come with 6GB of RAM, which seems strange to us.
On the storage side, we'd expect Apple to continue with the options it has for the iPhone 13 range, which start at 128GB and go up to 1TB for the Pro models.
However, a rumor has the iPhone 14 tipped to get a huge 2TB of onboard storage. Given no Samsung phone offers this, and they've previously been generous with storage, we're skeptical of an iPhone having the most storage on a smartphone to date.
A separate analyst note from Jeff Pu says that the iPhone 14 and 14 Max will start with 64GB of storage and the iPhone 14 Pro Max will start with a whopping 256GB. The latter is believable but not the former, as that would be half the storage in the regular iPhone 13.
iPhone 14 USB-C
A recurring rumor around the iPhone 14 is that it will drop the Lightning port and go for USB-C connectivity instead. As mentioned earlier, Prosser has expressed doubt on this being the case. But other leakers have touted the USB-C rumor, noting that the iPhone 14 Pro will come with USB-C.
With the European Union looking to force device makers to adopt standardized charging and cables by 2024, the days of the Lightning port could be numbered; Apple has a big European presence after all. But the jury is out on whether Apple will make such a move in time for the iPhone 14.
We'd welcome USB-C connectivity, given Apple's iPads and MacBooks have adopted the port. But Apple can doggedly stick to its guns when it comes to the iPhone, so we'll reserve out predictions until more rumors float to the surface.
iPhone 14: Software
Assuming Apple sticks to the pattern it's used for the better part of a decade, the iPhone 14 will launch with a new version of Apple's iOS software when it arrives in the fall. Since we're currently on iOS 15, the next version is all but certain to be iOS 16 (unless Apple ditches numbers like it did with macOS).
We haven't heard anything about Apple's planned software updates for iOS 16, and we're unlikely to until the company's annual developer conference, which is normally held in June. With iOS 15.2 bringing a number of changes to the iPhone in December, Apple's already pretty busy on the software front.
iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro
Based on all of the rumors so far it looks like the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max could be in their own league. We say that because only the Pros are once again expected to offer telephoto zooms. But also because the new iPhone 14 Pros are tipped to offer in-display Touch ID, which would trade the notch for a punch hole display.
In addition, the iPhone 14 Pro models will reportedly get a much sharper main camera at 48MP, which would be higher than the 12MP shooter expected for the regular iPhone 14. And it's possible that only the iPhone 14 Pros will get USB-C connectivity instead of a Lightning port. See our iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro comparison for more on the rumored differences.
However, analyst Jeff Pu believes that Apple could give all four iPhone 14 models a 120Hz display this time around and all four could feature 6GB of RAM.
iPhone 14: what we’d like to see
We've ranked the iPhone 14 rumors based on which ones are must-haves for Apple's fall phones. But here's a rundown of what we're hoping to see when the iPhone 14 appears.
A fresh design: Prosser's renders of the iPhone 14 tease a rather attractive looking phone. But it’s not a vast jump in Apple’s industrial design aesthetic. Granted, Apple makes some of the nicest looking phones around, but we’d like to see if it could push phone design further; perhaps the iPhone 14 range could include the much-rumored iPhone Flip foldable phone.
No notch: The iPhone 14 could come with a notch-less display, and we hope all the rumors we're hearing are accurate. We'd like too see an under-display camera so long as it didn't impact imaging or Face ID performance.
Touch ID: We’d be rather confident that Apple will bring back Touch ID for the iPhone 14, even if it doesn't happen via an in-display sensor. Perhaps the side-mounted power button could have a Touch ID sensor integrated into it like the one on the iPad Air.
Smarter features: While the Apple A-series chips have always been powerhouses, we’d like to see Apple lean more into the AI side of things, much like the Google Pixel 6 is set to do with its Tensor chip. That way we can have a smarter, more responsive Siri to compete with the Google Assistant, as well as smarter features that more intuitively serve up the data or services iPhone 14 users want when they want them.
Killer camera capabilities: The iPhone 13 Pro Max offers one of the best camera phones around, but we want to see Apple push its camera tech and hardware even further. As it stands, the lead between the Pro Max and the likes of the Google Pixel 6 and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra isn't vast. With the iPhone 14, we’d like to see Apple deliver camera and a phone photography experience that wipes the floor with Android rivals, forcing them to up really their photography game with their next-gen phones. And catching up on the zoom front would help, too.