Five Apple rumors checked
The iPhone 14 is getting closer. When Apple will release it is just as uncertain as its hardware equipment. What is known so far.
As usual, Apple does not let its cards be looked at when it releases its new iPhone, thereby fueling speculation about the upcoming smartphone. How much is the supply chain crisis affecting the price? What hardware can customers expect? And, almost as important for Apple lovers: How is the design changing? All of this should be clarified at an event soon, but there are currently only rumors about the date of the famous Apple keynote. What is known about the iPhone 14 so far.
Rumors about the hardware
Numerous industry sites and forums see it as fairly certain that Apple will forego a mini version of its iPhone and instead rely on larger displays. However, observers assume that four variants of the new iPhone will be announced: a 6.1-inch iPhone 14, a 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max and an iPhone 14 Pro Max also with 6.7 inches. For the displays, Apple will be supplied by Samsung and LG, as the Korean industry website “The Elec” wants to know. Samsung is therefore relying on a new generation of displays for the higher-priced models.
There are other rumors about the processors that will be used in the iPhone 14. The well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has tweeted back in March, that the iPhone 14 and 14 Max will not get a new chip, but the A15 chip built into the iPhone 13. Only the two Pro models get a new A16 processor. In addition, all four models should be equipped with 6GB of RAM. The difference is that the Pro models have LPDDR5 instead of LPDDR4 technology.
After the performance leaps from one iPhone generation to the next, “Macworld” author Jason Cross expects that the Pro models with the A16 chip can expect a performance increase of up to 15 percent. That would further cement Apple’s place in the sun among the most powerful smartphones, although presumably not the longed-for 4-nanometer, but rather 5-nanometer technology is to be used.
Better cameras and a long-awaited feature
There are also rumors about a significantly improved front and wide-angle camera. Both could be 48-megapixel versions, which might open the door to 8K video but then also need the extra processing power. The fact that Apple also plans to install a periscope camera with optical zoom in its devices is considered certain by some observers, but it is unclear whether the hardware update will be installed in 2022 or only from 2023.
On the other hand, there seems to be more clarity with the Always-On-Display (AOD) feature, which many iPhone users are eagerly awaiting. During the beta phase of Apple’s new operating system iOS 16, which is expected together with the iPhone 14, discovered “9to5Mac” recently that new backgrounds should already be suitable for the function. The feature will probably be reserved exclusively for the iPhone 14, according to “Bloomberg” even just the Pro models.
Changes to the design – and the price?
Visually, the shape of the iPhone 14 will probably differ only slightly from its predecessor, but the display may get a new look. Previously, there was a notch in the middle of the top edge of the iPhone 13 screen, where things like the front camera and everything for using Face ID are located. The screen of the Pro variants will instead have two so-called punchholes in the future – a pill-shaped one for the Face ID technology and a round one for the front camera, like the one among others Apple experts report from “Macworld”.. Meanwhile, the camera module on the back is said to be slightly larger than that of the iPhone 13.
The extent to which the semiconductor and supply chain crisis will affect the price of the iPhone 14 series also gives rise to speculation. The industry portal “CNET” assumes sothat the starting price should be $799 in the US, like the iPhone 12 and 13. Opinions are divided as to whether the further pricing will be based on the iPhone 13 or whether higher prices can be expected for the Pro models. There is speculation in some places of up to $1,799 for the iPhone 14 Pro Max. The most expensive version of the iPhone 13 series is $1,599 in the US.
When is it?
Some iPhone speculation does not concern the smartphone itself, but when and how it will be presented. The Apple fall keynotes usually take place in September, with the official announcement usually just beforehand. The rumors range from the 6th to the 13th to the 23rd of September. What is certain is that the presentation will again be a purely digital event without an audience. The new smartphones are usually available the following week.
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