The Apple iPhone 14 series is coming. It’s official – it’s September 7th. Apple has confirmed that it will host its first annual fall special event on the same day. The company teased the event with a catchphrase: “It’s far away.” This year’s iPhone 14 event will take place in person, following Apple’s invitation. This will disrupt the running of the virtual iPhone event triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic. The iPhone 14 event will take place on Wednesday, September 7th at 10:00AM / 1:00PM PT. Eastern time. As in previous years, Apple will use the event to announce a range of products, including the iPhone 14 series and Apple Watch 8. Here’s what we know about Apple’s iPhone 14 series.
There are said to be four new iPhones in the iPhone 14 series, excluding the iPhone 14 mini
The iPhone 14 series includes four iPhones – iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Here, “Pro” refers to the so-called high-end specs, and “Max” refers to the larger screen size. So perhaps the biggest upgrade to the iPhone 14 series this year is the addition of the iPhone 14 Max. This is the first time Apple has introduced a 6.7-inch iPhone model with a “Pro” feature. Among other things, the Pro and Max models are expected to feature notch-less displays and 48-megapixel cameras.
Apple’s iPhone 14 series is expected to go on sale in September
Apple’s iPhone 14 series is expected to go on sale on September 16, maintaining the “Friday tradition” of iPhone sales days. Apple’s iPhone 13 event takes place on September 14, 2021, and the phones go on sale on Friday, September 24. According to Bloomberg, Apple Store staff have been instructed to prepare for a “major new product launch” on September 16.
No iPhone Mini this year
Apple will reportedly retire its smallest iPhone, the 5.4-inch Mini, this year due to “low sales.” A 2021 Nikkei Asian Review report predicts the demise of the iPhone 14 Mini, and a research note by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests the same.
Processor: Will the iPhone 14 series change significantly?
Every year, Apple introduces a new A-series processor to its flagship iPhone lineup. The iPhone 13 runs on the A15 processor, which means the iPhone 14 series is powered by the A16. However, there are also rumors that Apple may deviate from this annual upgrade cycle. They claim that the A16 will be reserved for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max models will be equipped with a year-old A15 processor.
iPhone 14 series could be more expensive, but start at the same price
Apple’s iPhone 14 price is said to have increased by $100. Prices have not risen in recent years. Apple’s iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 are priced the same as their predecessors. Reports suggest that Apple may be forced to raise prices due to increased supply chain costs. But there are also rumors that it could launch at the same price of $799.
iPhone 14 Themes
The biggest change in design is the removal of the notch cutout. First introduced with the iPhone X, the notch has remained the same since. In fact, it was quickly adopted by multiple Android OEMs. In this notch, Apple has multiple sensors, including Face ID, speakers, microphones, and more. Reports suggest that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models could use new hole- and pill-shaped cutouts for the display. This means more screen real estate.
The iPhone 14 series may be more than just e-SIM
Since 2020, there have been rumors that the iPhone may do away with the physical SIM card entirely. However, the Apple iPhone 14 series will most likely not come without a physical SIM. Apple may choose an eSIM-only phone for the iPhone 15 series.
iPhone 14 has biggest camera update in years
Among other changes, Apple is likely to make some major upgrades to the camera front of the iPhone 14 series. Rumor has it that Apple has chosen a new supplier for its front-facing camera to manufacture high-end lenses. The autofocus function of the front-facing camera may be upgraded. South Korean supplier LG Innotek will supply selfie cameras for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, according to South Korean tech site ET News. In a note, Kuo also predicted a hole-punch front-facing camera, making the iPhone 14 notch-less, and a 48-megapixel-wide rear camera for the Pro and Pro Max models, up from the current iPhone’s 12-megapixel.
No more camera collisions
Another major design change that some renderers show off is the flattened camera hump. According to popular leaker Prosser, the body of the iPhone 14 will be a “fat boy” that looks thick enough to encapsulate all the camera hardware without the intrusive protruding camera setup on the back. The thickness of the iPhone 14 is related to the larger battery.
Always active lock screen
Apple’s iOS 16 hints at an always-on mode for the lock screen. However, some reports suggest that this feature may be exclusive to the high-end iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.