iPhone 14 rumors: Launch date, value, digicam specs and notchless show buzz


An alleged early iPhone 14 render from Jon Prosser, designed by Ian Zelbo.

Jon Prosser

The iPhone 14 was trending on Twitter even earlier than Apple introduced the iPhone 13, and the rumor mill for Apple’s 2022 smartphone is simply heating up. Unveiled at a digital occasion in September (alongside the Apple Watch 7, iPad Mini 6 and iPad 9th gen), Apple’s newest flagship telephone lineup, which incorporates the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini and iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, is on sale now, although COVID-related supply chain disruptions have already delayed delivery windows by a number of weeks.

The iPhone 13 brought several design changes and new options that Apple followers have been asking for — and whispering about within the ever-thriving Apple rumor market — together with a 1TB storage option, new colors and a 120Hz refresh rate. As for the rumors that didn’t come true, nicely, there’s all the time subsequent 12 months.

We do not know a lot but concerning the iPhone 14’s launch date, value, or different specs and options. The most important rumors up to now embrace a new notchless design (yeah, we’ve heard that one before) with a hole-punch front camera, under-display Contact ID, a extra durable titanium alloy body, the elimination of the chunky rear digicam bump, a shakeup of the four-phone lineup with new display sizes and the death of the iPhone Mini. We’ll replace this story as new data turns into obtainable.

Learn extra: iPhone 13 vs. 13 Mini vs. Pro vs. Pro Max

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

We do not know a lot concerning the iPhone 14 but, however we have heard that Apple’s next lineup will nix the Mini and deal with bigger telephones as a substitute. A July report from Nikkei Asian Review predicted the demise of the iPhone 14 Mini, and an April research note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo obtained by MacRumors additionally instructed that the Mini was not lengthy for this world. Nevertheless, Kuo reported, the iPhone 14 lineup will still comprise four models, 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 as it was for unlucky 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.


Based on rumors, the iPhone 14 lineup will embrace 4 telephones: An iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Professional, iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Professional Max.

Jon Prosser

iPhone 14 dimension rumors: Greater screens for all

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. Based on the identical July Nikkei Asian Evaluation report, Apple will persist with these display sizes for the iPhone 14, nixing the 5.4-inch Mini. Stories confirmed sluggish sales of the iPhone 12 Mini, so it is no shock that Apple is retiring the small telephone in 2022.

Learn extra: iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12

Rumored iPhone 14 display sizes

iPhone 14 6.1 inch
iPhone 14 Professional 6.1 inch
iPhone 14 Max 6.7 inch
iPhone 14 Professional Max 6.7 inch

The iPhone 13 simply went on sale, however we’re already occupied with the iPhone 14.

Patrick Holland/CNET

Launch date: iPhone 14 will possible arrive fall 2022

It is too quickly for any respected launch date rumors for the iPhone 14, however we anticipate Apple to carry its annual fall iPhone occasion in September 2022, because it does virtually yearly, with the telephones being launched shortly thereafter, normally the next Friday. Typically Apple will stagger launch dates for particular fashions, particularly when introducing a brand new design or dimension. So it is doable that the iPhone 14 lineup can have multiple launch date.

Learn extra: When is the next Apple event?

This is what we all know: 

A number of years in the past, CNET took a deep dive into the Apple occasion timeline and emerged with a compelling Labor Day hypothesis, which you can read about here. Primarily based on the 2022 calendar, the Labor Day rule would put the September Apple occasion (and unveiling of the iPhone 14) on Sept. 7, with a Sept. 16 launch date. Nevertheless, our Labor Day speculation was a week off for 2021 — and, due to coronavirus delays, about a month off in 2020

iPhone 14 value: Will Apple decrease the fee in 2022?

There isn’t any phrase both approach on iPhone 14 pricing, however Apple did not make any huge value adjustments between 2020’s iPhone 12 and 2021’s iPhone 13, so the present value construction is at the least a great place to start out our hypothesis. Nevertheless, Kuo predicts the high-end 6.7-inch telephone (the alleged iPhone 14 Professional Max) will launch at a record-low price, under $900. In comparison with the iPhone 13 Professional Max, which ranges from $1,099 all the best way as much as a staggering $1,599, that is fairly a steal.

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

iPhone 13 pricing

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

Digital camera rumors: What Apple may enhance for the iPhone 14

Two of the large rumors we have heard concerning the iPhone 14’s digicam setup are literally extra concerning the telephone’s design: first, that the chunky digicam bump might disappear; and second, {that a} hole-punch entrance digicam might change the dreaded notch. 

Kuo shared insights concerning the iPhone 14’s potential digicam upgrades in an traders observe reported on by 9to5Mac simply after the iPhone 13 launch. Within the observe, Kuo predicts a hole-punch entrance digicam, making the iPhone 14 (lastly) notchless, in addition to a 48-megapixel wide rear camera for the Pro and Pro Max models, up from 12 megapixels on earlier iPhones.


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

Jon Prosser

iPhone 13 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 characteristic lidar, the iPhone 12 Pro’s standout depth-sensing feature, however lidar ended up making an look solely on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max in any case. It is doable Apple may broaden the characteristic to its full lineup in 2022 as a substitute, however we’ve not heard something but. 

One other of the camera features we’re still waiting 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 S21 Ultra, which boasts a 10x optical zoom.

Learn extra: Is buying an iPhone 13 worth it? Let’s compare the last five years of Apple’s iPhones

Will iPhone 14 get under-display Contact ID?

The characteristic that appears to get kicked down the highway probably the most in Apple rumor world is the return of Contact ID. Early rumors supported the Touch ID’s return coming in the iPhone 12, and when that did not occur, speculation turned to the iPhone 13. However even earlier than the iPhone 13 launched (sans Contact ID), phrase on the road had shifted once more: iPhone 14 would surely be it. Now, that is wanting much less possible, too. In late September, Kuo predicted that it won’t be until 2023 that the iPhone regains Contact ID expertise. That might be… the iPhone 15?

Design rumors: iPhone 14 could be notchless, ultimately

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


The iPhone 13 slims down the notch by 20% from the iPhone 12.


Prosser’s renders corroborate a variety of beforehand reported rumors, together with the notchless display and hole-punch camera beforehand reported by Kuo, and the iPhone 14 Pro’s titanium alloy chassis, which was first referenced in a July report from JPMorgan Chase. We might been anticipating to see the iPhone 13 go notchless, however as a substitute we bought a slimmed-down, but still 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. 


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

Jon Prosser

However Prosser’s renders appear to corroborate these earlier reports that Apple would lastly excise the iPhone’s notch in 2022. And Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman additionally hinted at its elimination in a September version of his Energy On e-newsletter, whereby he predicted a “full redesign” for the iPhone 14. Those that’ve been crossing their fingers for a notchless iPhone since the iPhone 12 and had their hopes dashed as soon as again by the iPhone 13 can now sit up for a possible realization of their all-screen desires in 2022’s iPhone 14.

iPhone 14 says buh-bye to the digicam bump however retains the Lightning port

The opposite huge design change Prosser’s renders present is a flattened digicam bump. Based on Prosser, the iPhone 14’s physique goes to be a “thick boy,” thick sufficient, it appears, to embody all of the digicam {hardware} with out an annoying, protruding digicam setup on the again. Why is the iPhone 14 alleged to be so thick? Maybe to deal with an even bigger battery, and even the previously rumored periscope camera, which Kuo projected in 2020. 

Two prior rumors that will not pan out, in response to Prosser at the least, are the death of the Lightning port and the addition of USB-C (the EU may force Apple to add USB-C ports to iPhones, nevertheless). Rumors of a completely portless iPhone have been circulating for some time, nevertheless it seems these will not come true in 2022.

iPhone 14 coloration rumors: Pale gold, maybe?

So far as colours go, Prosser’s render colors weren’t primarily based on any precise data from his sources, aside from a pale gold coloration, which he claims to have seen proof of himself. Nevertheless, it is nonetheless early days, and Apple absolutely has not finalized its coloration lineup but for the iPhone 14.

Apple announcements September 14 2021: iPhone 13, new iPads, Apple Watch Series 7, and more

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


Rumored iPhone 14 options and specs

This is every little thing else we all know (and assume we all know) up to now concerning the iPhone 14 lineup’s specs and potential new options.

A16 chip

The iPhone 14 is predicted to have an A16 chip, which might enhance upon the iPhone 13’s A15 chip, in line with Apple’s earlier sample.

120Hz ProMotion show

All iPhone 14 models could include Apple’s ProMotion display, which solely the iPhone 13 Professional and Professional Max variants at the moment have. ProMotion boosts the display’s refresh fee for smoother efficiency, as much as 120Hz. That is extra hypothesis than precise rumor, primarily based on adjustments in Apple’s provide chain that will make it simpler for the corporate to supply the characteristic throughout its subsequent lineup.

5G connectivity 

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

MagSafe equipment

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

Apple MagSafe Battery Pack

The Apple MagSafe Battery Pack on the iPhone 12.

Patrick Holland/CNET

Satellite tv for pc connectivity

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

Keep tuned for extra iPhone 14 information because it comes out, and within the meantime, take a look at CNET’s evaluations of the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini, and iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. Plus, this is how all four iPhone 13 models compare, how the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 differ, whether or not it still makes sense to buy an iPhone 12, an iPhone 11 or an iPhone SE, and how all of Apple’s iPhones from the past five years stack up. And this is every little thing we all know concerning the rumored iPhone SE 3 and AirPods 3, and everything else Apple still owes us.

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