Apple iPhone 14 Expected Release Date, Features, Price, Design

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But if past patterns are any indication, Apple typically releases a launch video for a new iPhone in September.

The previous version, known as the iPhone 13, was made available to the general public for the first time on September 24th, 2021. It was unveiled in a new form on Tuesday, September 14.

According to SBNC, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at TF International Securities, a financial services company in the Asia-Pacific region, tweeted in response to Hon Hai Technology Group that he believed there would be a 15% price increase and that it would soon go into effect. Kuo obtains intelligence from his contacts in Apple’s Asian supply chain.

“Hon Hai/Foxconn is one of the businesses that has profited from the increased average selling price of the iPhone 14 series.

“I estimated that the average selling price of the iPhone 14 series would rise by approximately 15 percent (compared to the ASP of the iPhone 13 series) to $1,000-1,050 (USD) as a result of two price hikes for the iPhone 14 Pro as well as a higher shipment proportion,” he said.

iPhone 14: Price

The cost of the iPhone 14 is yet unknown officially. However, given that the entry-level iPhone 13 costs £779/$799/AU$1349, we would anticipate that the iPhone 14 will be priced similarly.

The iPhone 13 launched in the UK for £20 less than the iPhone 12. I’m crossing my fingers that the downward trend continues, but if some rumors are to be believed, that may just be wishful thinking.

Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known Apple analyst, forewarned in early August that the average selling price of the iPhone 14 lineup may increase by 15% in comparison to the iPhone lineup.

That ties in with a previous rumour courtesy of iDropNews(opens in new tab), which claims sources have told it higher prices are being discussed internally at Apple. More recently, Dan Evans of Wedbush Securities reckons even the standard iPhone model could get a £100 / $100 price rise.

Others believe that the standard iPhone 14 could start at $799, the same price as the standard iPhone 13 (via Korean blog Naver(opens in new tab)), meaning the price rises would only affect the higher models.

If so, the bigger iPhone 14 Max could cost $100 extra, at $899 (about £650, AU$1200) while the Pro model could also rise by $100, up to $1099. The iPhone 14 Pro Max could also get a $100 premium on the current iPhone 13 Pro Max, giving it a price of $1199.

BRANDNEWSDAY has made a comparison of the new prices with the prices of the iPhone 13 range:

iPhone 13 prices
UKUSAustralia
iPhone 13 mini 128GB£679$699AU$1199
iPhone 13 128GB£779$799AU$1519
iPhone 13 Pro 128GB£949$999AU$1719
iPhone 13 Pro Max 128GB£1049$1099AU$1849
iPhone 14: Design Speculation

The iPhone 14 is tipped for a major overhaul – starting with the design. In short, Apple’s next phone could look very different from the iPhone 13…

In September 2021, Jon Prosser, of FrontPageTech, offered us a “closer look at the iPhone 14”. The respected leaker published a host of renders – including the one above – that appear to reveal the iPhone 14. If Prosser is right, the next Apple phone will feature “titanium edges”, making it the toughest iPhone yet.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman quickly weighed in. The noted Apple watcher has tipped the iPhone 14 for a “complete redesign” and believes the 5.4-inch iPhone Mini is almost certainly dead and buried.

Ming-Chi Kuo, arguably the most reliable Apple analyst on the scene, seems to be on the same page as Gurman. Kuo says Apple will release four iPhone 14 devices in 2022, including a new and ‘affordable’ iPhone Max in place of the discontinued iPhone Mini.

Here’s how the iPhone 14 family could line up:

iPhone 14 – 6.1-inch display

iPhone 14 Max – 6.7-inch display

iPhone 14 Pro – 6.1-inch 120Hz display

iPhone 14 Pro Max – 6.7-inch 120Hz display

In April 2022, leaked case schematics supported this line-up.

In December 2021, the Korean website The Elec had its say. Just like Prosser, it says the two iPhone 14 ‘Pro’ models will benefit from new ‘hole-punch’ displays. In other words, Apple will (finally) begin to delete the unsightly camera notch – introduced on the iPhone X – in favour of a much neater ‘pinhole’ selfie camera. We live in hope.

Other rumours have pegged a longer, ‘pill-shaped’ cutout as replacing the notch. But display industry consultant Ross Young (via MacRumors) reckons both are right, and that Apple will implement both the hole punch and pill-shaped cutouts, now being referred to as a ‘hole + pill’ design and supported by noted analyst Jon Prosser. Each cutout will serve a different purpose, Young says – the round ‘hole punch’ cutout will house the Face ID dot projector, while the pill-shaped cutout will be where the front-facing camera and Face ID infrared camera are stored.

The new cutouts are only expected to feature on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. The more affordable iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max are thought to stick with the same cutout as the iPhone 13 range, for at least another year.

These new cutouts – along with slimmer bezels – are expected to make for ever-so-slightly larger screens, too, according to Young(opens in new tab). He reckons the screen sizes will enlarge fractionally (from 6.06 to 6.12 inches on the iPhone 14 Pro, and 6.68 to 6.69 inches on the iPhone 14 Pro Max) compared to the iPhone 13 Pro models.

The Pro and Pro Max could be in for slimmer bezels than their non-Pro siblings, too. That’s according to Ice universe, who tweeted pictures of the new design. The screen should still stand 6.1 inches for the iPhone 14 Pro and 6.7 inches for the iPhone 14 Pro Max, but slimmer bezels would mean either more or larger pixels for the display, with less space wasted.

There’s talk of Touch ID making a return in 2022. Anonymous tipster LeaksApplePro reckons it’s being tested on the iPhone 14 Pro lineup (in addition to Face ID, of course). Given that Apple tested Touch ID on the iPhone 13 Pro – and then abandoned it – we’d take this rumour with a pinch of salt.

Indeed, another rumour says Apple is going in the other direction and has abandoned Touch ID altogether. The report claims Apple has stopped trying to implement a fingerprint sensor under the iPhone’s screen, which means we won’t see Touch ID on the iPhone 14 or any of its successors. Rather, Apple is going all in on Face ID – which makes sense, given its added convenience (especially now that it can work while you’re wearing a face mask).

Apple fans could be about to say goodbye to physical SIM cards, too. A MacRumors source claims that the iPhone 14 will offer an option to ditch the traditional SIM card slot in favor of virtual eSIMs.

The iPhone 14 models could be fatter than their predecessors if leaked schematics are to be believed. The drawings suggest the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will have thicker bodies and more prominent camera bumps on the rear. The changes in dimensions are minimal, but still significant, as they buck the ‘slimmer is better’ trend of the last few years. (Apple already made the iPhone 13 slightly fatter than the iPhone 12, so it’s continuing along the same path.)

Ming-Chi Kuo reckons the thicker camera bump is to make room for the new 48MP main camera sensor – a big upgrade on the previous models’ 12MP (Apple has stuck with 12MP since the iPhone 6S in 2015). “The diagonal length of 48MP CIS will increase by 25-35%, and the height of 48MP’s 7P lens will increase by 5-10%,” Kuo tweeted(opens in new tab).

However, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman(opens in new tab) has been told that only the Pro variants will get the new 48MP sensor. In which case, presumably, the non-Pro models won’t have the bulky camera bump.

Lastly, there’s talk of Apple launching its first foldable iPhone, dubbed the iPhone Fold. We know that Apple has tested a prototype, but it’s unlikely to make its debut in 2022. Bloomberg says the iPhone Fold could launch “in a few years”. Don’t hold your breath.
 
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