In three days, Apple will introduce the next generation of smartphones with the iPhone 14 series. Although there have been many rumors about this year, the week leading up to an Apple event is always full of last-minute rumors and leaks. Here’s everything we’ve heard about the upcoming iPhone 14 ahead of its release.
The hole punch + pill cutout will actually be a long pill design
months, 9 to 5 Mac and other publications reported a new hole + pill cutout for the iPhone 14 Pro series, but a new leak suggests that Apple will use a software tweak to create a long pill design. Between the Face ID sensors and the front-facing camera, the company is said to add privacy stickers.
When you make a FaceTime call, Instagram asks for your location, or someone makes a video call on WhatsApp, your iPhone already shows a green, orange, or blue light. These indicators are in the right corner of the iPhone notch. Now it looks like they will be between Face ID and front camera sensors, as you can read about it here.
The iPhone 14 Pro will have a redesigned Camera app thanks to the new design
Following this discovery he made 9 to 5 Macour source also claims that the Camera app will get several improvements as Apple is also planning to redesign the app where most of the controls are moved to the top of the screen.
Controls such as the flash button and Live Photo button are now located in the status bar, while more detailed photo and video settings are directly below the display cutouts. This change will give users a larger view of the camera preview by moving the controls up and moving some of them to the status bar.
The images above show these changes. They are mockups based on information from our source.
The larger regular iPhone will be called the 14 Plus, not the Max
Apple is rumored to drop the iPhone mini in favor of a larger version of the regular model. While debate rages over whether it will be called iPhone 14 Plus or 14 Max, 9to5Mac sources familiar with the matter say the name will in fact be iPhone 14 Plus.
Additionally, since at least July, iPhone case makers have been told not to use the iPhone 14 Max branding because it won’t be the actual name of the product.
in addition 9 to 5 Mac sources have confirmed that the regular iPhone 13 case will fit the regular iPhone 14 model. Last but not least, we’re told that Apple will push its new 35W adapter as a charger for the iPhone 14 Pro.
The classic battery indicator returns with the iPhone 14 Pro series
According to information shared with MacRumors on his forum, an anonymous leaker claims that the iPhone 14 Pro with iOS 16 will bring back the classic battery indicator on the status bar. Apart from that, they also shared information about how this smartphone will look like with the new Always-on Display technology – which 9 to 5 Macexclusively reported.
With iOS 16 beta 5, Apple added the iPhone’s battery percentage to the battery icon. While many iPhone models will be able to take advantage of this new look, it seems that Apple could be aiming for an exclusive design for the iPhone 14 Pro series that would bring back the classic status bar.
With this, Apple would move the carrier signal bar to the left, while moving the position toggle and full battery information to the right (the + percentage icon). If this turns out to be true, it would be the first time since the iPhone 8 – aside from the SE line – that Apple has embraced this classic design.
Expected iPhone 14 price increase, but not as much as we thought
As of now, it seems clear that Apple will raise the prices of the iPhone 14. With the upcoming recession combined with supply chain constraints, war, and new technologies, Apple seems to be targeting new prices for these upcoming smartphones.
Message from TrendForce this week says that in light of a tough economy and a declining smartphone market, Apple is expected to play it safe with smaller increases.
Upgrades such as increasing the initial starting memory capacity to LPDDR5 6GB and 256GB, increasing the primary camera up to 48 million, changes to the Face ID design, etc. are expected to increase the starting prices. However, under pressure from rising global inflation and exchange rates, Apple is expected to adopt a more cautious pricing strategy so as not to affect its sales performance.
Therefore, the company predicts a more moderate increase in the prices of the iPhone 14 with the starting prices:
- 14: $749
- 14 Max: $849
- 14 Pro: $1,049
- 14 Pro Max: $1,149
All iPhone models are said to have 6GB of RAM, with Pro models starting at 256GB of storage
Analysts at TrendForce are the ones predicting that the iPhone 14 Pro will start with 256GB of storage, which could explain why Apple is aiming for a higher price for these iPhones. In addition, the publication also expects 6GB of RAM for these models.
Twitter user and leak ShrimpApplePro shared a Weibo post saying the same thing. All four models will have 6GB of RAM. For context, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini have 4GB of RAM, while the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max have 6GB of RAM. So if this leak is to be believed, the iPhone 14 will offer more RAM than the iPhone 13, while the 14 Pro will stick with 6GB.
This would mark the third year in a row that iPhone “Pro” models have had 6GB of RAM. A previous leak suggested the 14 Pro would jump to 8GB, but the consensus has since settled on 6GB.
These are all the latest rumors about the new iPhone 14 models that are more likely to be believed. Now that you’re catching up, are you looking forward to the “Far Out” keynote on September 7th? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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