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Apple iPhone 14: All the rumors we’ve heard so far

iPhone 14 leak via Weibo
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As soon as the iPhone 13 family was released, the iPhone 14 range, expected September 2022, started to leak. Here we round up the most likely to be true tip-offs – it’s all change at Apple, according to these phone rumors

New design with no notch! 

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There has been a plethora of leaks alleging to Apple replacing the notch design on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max and employing a punch “hole + pill design” instead. The circular punch hole will allegedly house the Face ID dot projector and the pill-shaped cut-out will contain both the front camera and Face ID infrared camera. As seen in the above design, Apple is also said to be banking on a horizontal 'i' for iPhone as a design differentiator, being the only company using a visible two-hole concept. 

The most recent design leak of the new iPhone 14 Pro have been shared by a leaker on Chinese social media site Weibo, which has come to our attention via TechRadar. Assuming it's accurate, it tells us that, compared to the iPhone 13, the new phone will be taller, thicker but less wide, but only by up to millimetres so it won’t give the phone a new look per se. However, the sketches show two punch-holes in the screen to house the front camera and Face ID array, placed where we would have expected to see the notch seen on all earlier Apple smartphones - news that probably won't please some die hard Apple fans, but there's no arguing the notch was an antiquated design feature, that's been ditched by all other manufacturers to date. 

Size matters 

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Last week, reliable leaker @shadow_leak tweeted some screen specifications for the eagerly awaited iPhone 14 series and, like the no notch design, they might upset some Apple fans. If you were expecting the upgrade to the iPhone 13 series to follow suit with newer versions of the iPhone 13 Pro Max with its giant screen or the iPhone 13 mini with its teeny screen, you’ll be disappointed as sizing is alleged to be more midway across the series. Allegedly, the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro will both feature 6.06-inch displays, while the 14 Max and 14 Pro Max will feature 6.68-inch displays. This means that the screens on both new iPhone 14 Max models will be a little bit smaller than those seen on the iPhone 13 Pro Max – 6.68-inches compared to 6.7-inches. 

Camera sensor upgrade to 48MP 

Informed by a TrendForce report detailing camera module shipments, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models are rumoured to include a new main sensor, with a significant upgrade from 12MP to 48MP. It’s said that Apple will support both 48MP and 12MP shooting modes to allow for 48MP images to be captured in well-lit conditions and 12MP images in lower light, giving users the option to choose. The 48MP sensor will likely be limited to only the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models. 

A16 Bionic chipsets

Both the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max are said to have the new A16 Bionic chipset and LPTO screens, which provide a variable refresh rate. The non-Pro models are leaked to have the older A15 Bionic chip and 60Hz displays. The information from @shadow_leak also tells us that all four new iPhone 14 models will come with 6GB of RAM and flexible OLED screens. 

Here comes the USB-C

Back in November we reported on a fresh leak claiming Apple is considering ditching Lightning port in favor of USB-C for the forthcoming iPhone 14 Pro. This has been alleged by several sources now making it even more likely. 

The Biden-Harris Administration and the European Union are both pushing for USB-C ports in all devices and potentially getting ready to fine technology companies who don’t adhere, so it makes sense for Apple to finally include a USB-C. Indeed, adding the port to Pro iPhones is a smart way to meet the criteria for USB-C, as Apple could potentially argue it has started the transition to leave Lightning behind, leaving them to filter USB-C ports into to low-end iPhones in the next few years. 

See you later SIM card 

When Brazilian site BlogdoiPhone published the tip-off that, in 2023, Apple will remove the iPhone’s physical SIM card slot for the iPhone 14, instead leaving the new range entirely reliant on digital eSIMs, we took it with a pinch of salt. however since then this has been corroborated by both a MacRumors source and reliable then leaker @dylandkt, giving it much more weight and interestingly both of these say we will see the back of the SIM card this year, meaning the iPhone 14 launch. 

No iPhone 14 Mini 

A new leak by reliable leaker @shadow_leak, just like several previous leaks, has pointed towards there being no iPhone 14 mini. However, it looks like this has really just been replaced by Apple’s new Phone SE (2022), which is the company’s most affordable phone to date. The iPhone SE (2022) comes in a compact design with iOS 15 delivering a seamless user experience and features impressive upgrades including the performance of the A15 Bionic chip, which makes user experience better across the board, including advanced camera capabilities. Exactly as we would have been expecting from the iPhone 14 mini. 

Higher prices across three of the four new models

Reliable yet anonymous leaker, LeaksApplePro, has revealed vis his iDropNews column that Apple will be passing the increased production costs owed to the new design onto the consumer. The tipster alleges three out of the four new models will come with heftier price tags with the iPhone 14 at $799, iPhone 14 Max at $899, iPhone 14 Pro at $1,099 and iPhone 14 Pro Max at $1,199. 


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Rachael is a British journalist with 18 years experience in the publishing industry. Since working on www.digitalcameraworld.com, she’s been freelancing, and contributing to some of the world’s best-loved websites and magazines including T3.com and TechRadar.com and has also had a book, iPad for Photographers, published. She's currently acting as editor of 5GRadar.com - a website specializing in the latest cellular technology.