(Pocket-lint) - The annual refresh of the iPhone is one of the biggest events in tech: it's the phone that many aspire to own, one that sets trends and the phone that all others are looking to better.
While leaks and rumours are nothing new to the world of tech, getting full information about new Apple devices is fairly rare. They don't tend to leak as comprehensively as a Samsung or Google phone - but we're gathering up everything we hear about the 2022 iPhone models right here.
This is everything we've heard so far about the iPhone 14 models.
Apple iPhone 14 release date and price
- Possibly 13 September 2022
- From $699?
Typically Apple holds its iPhone event around the second week of September and normally on a Tuesday. The iPhone 13 models were revealed on 14 September, following this pattern.
If the pattern continues, the iPhone 14 models could be revealed on 13 September 2022. Of course nothing is official as yet, nor will it be for quite some time.
In terms of price, we'd expect the iPhone 14 models to start around the same ballpark as the iPhone 13 models. Rumours have claimed the iPhone mini model might be scrapped in the future, which if true would put the starting price of the iPhone 14 models up compared to the iPhone 13 models. Hopefully there will be an iPhone 14 mini though.
What will the iPhone 2022 be called?
- iPhone 14 mini
- iPhone 14
- iPhone 14 Pro
- iPhone 14 Pro Max
The iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max launched in 2019, followed by the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max in 2020 and the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max in 2021.
It's therefore likely that the next iPhones will be called the iPhone 14 mini, iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. That's not a guarantee though, as Apple could opt for the iPhone 13s, or it could go for something completely different. We'd put our money on the iPhone 14 for now though.
- All-new design
- Punch hole camera?
- Flush rear
The Apple iPhone 13 models followed the same design as the iPhone 12 models, featuring flat edges and a design closer in line with the iPhone 4 and 5 compared to the rounded edges we had gotten used to since the iPhone 6.
Rumours suggest the iPhone 14 models could change things up again though, with talk of a move to a punch hole front camera. It's said the Pro models could see some sort of pill-shaped cutout that would house the front camera and Face ID beneath the display. There are also claims the protruding rear camera may end up flush with the back of the phone in the next iPhone.
We saw a reduced notch at the top of the iPhone 13 models compared to previous Face ID phones, and a patent was previously filed for a notch-less phone, but we suppose we will have to wait and see if this becomes a reality.
In terms of finishes, we'd expect the Pro models to continue to be more premium than the standard models, and there have been rumours to suggest they could adopt scratch-resistant titanium. There is also talk that the mini model will be ditched and a new standard Max model will be introduced instead but everything is just rumour for now.
- All OLED
- 120Hz refresh rate
- Different sizes
All 2022 iPhones will have likely have an OLED display, like the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models offer. It's also likely the iPhone 14 Pro models will have an adaptive refresh rate between 10Hz and 120Hz, like the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, though maybe the ProMotion technology will filter down to the standard models too - that's the rumour anyway.
In terms of screen sizes, the iPhone 13 mini has a 5.4-inch display, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro have a 6.1-inch display and the iPhone 13 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch display. As mentioned, there has been some chatter about the iPhone mini being ditched and a standard Max model being introduced.
If this happens, the iPhone 14 models could come in 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch models, with a Pro and standard model of each. We're still hoping the mini will continue in 2022 though as we have a lot of love for that device.
Some speculation previously suggested in-display fingerprint sensors could work alongside Face ID, which is a plausible suggestion.
- Dual camera on standard models
- Triple camera on Pro models
The Apple iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max both have a triple rear camera, consisting of a main wide sensor, ultra wide sensor and a telephoto sensor, while the standard iPhone 13 mini and iPhone 13 have the same main wide and ultra wide sensor, but they lack the telephoto lens.
There have been a couple of rumours claiming the iPhone 14 Pro models would feature a wide angle camera with an 1/1.3-inch 48MP CMOS image sensor and support 8K video recording but it is still very early days.
We expect the iPhone 14 Pro models to continue to offer an extra lens and extra features, like Macro and ProRES, over the iPhone 14 standard models. At the moment, it is unclear what might change for 2022 but improvements over the 2021 models are likely.
Hardware and software
- A16 chip
- iOS 16
With Apple adopting 5G with all the iPhone 12 models and iPhone 13 models, it's pretty much guaranteed all the iPhone 14 models will be 5G compatible.
It's also likely the iPhone 14 models will run on the A16 Bionic chip, assuming Apple continues with its naming patterns in terms of chipsets. The iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max had an extra core for their GPU, so this could be case again for the iPhone 14 Pro models, helping differentiate them from the standard models.
The next major software build will be iOS 16, which we expect to hear more about in June 2022, which is when Apple typically holds its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC).
In terms of storage, with the standard iPhone 13 models coming in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB options and the iPhone 13 Pro models offering the same, as well as a 1TB option, we'd expect the same from the iPhone 14 models. It has been said all models will have 6GB of RAM and it's been claimed the standard models could start at 64GB storage, while the Pro models could start at 256GB.
Apple iPhone 14 rumours: What's happened so far?
Here's everything we've heard about the iPhone 14 models so far.
17 January 2022: Apple iPhone 14 and 14 Max could have 120Hz ProMotion displays
In a research note with Haitong International Securities (via MacRumours), analyst Jeff Pu says all four of the 2022 iPhones will come with a 120Hz refresh rate display and 6GB RAM.
14 January 2022: Apple iPhone 14 Pro might adopt 48MP primary camera, 8K video recording
According to a TrendForce report (via 91 Mobiles), the Apple iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max will come with a 48-megapixel primary camera sensor and support 8K video recording.
13 January 2022: iPhone 14 to feature unique dual cutout for camera/FaceID?
According to analyst Ross Young, Apple will adopt a punch-hole system that comprises of two cutouts: one pill-shaped and one round. It's also suggested that the smaller of those two cutouts will not be invisible. In other words, it'll look like a sidewise 'i' cut into the display.
6 January 2022: Will the iPhone 14 Pro have a hole punch? Possibly, and under-screen Face ID
Twitter leaker DylanDKT claimed the iPhone 14 Pro will feature a pill-shaped hole-punch cutout for its front-facing camera, and that the majority of Apple's Face ID technology will be hidden under the display.
1 November 2021: Apple is working on a car crash detection feature for iPhone and Apple Watch
According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple is working on a new feature for the iPhone and Apple Watch that can tell if you've been in an automobile accident and automatically dial emergency services for you.
26 September 2021: Apple iPhone 14 will be completely redesigned, claims reliable leaker
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman claimed the iPhone 14 would see a redesign, corroborating reports that the company many move to a punch hole camera.
21 September 2021: Next iPhone SE to go 5G, iPhone 14 Pro to ditch the notch, claims analyst
Industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the iPhone 14 Pro will be the first to ditch the front-camera notch entirely, with Apple opting for a hole-punch lens instead.
9 September 2021: Apple iPhone 14 leaks before iPhone 13 even gets announced
Jon Prosser of FrontPageTech presented a video with some renders of what is claimed to be the iPhone 14 Pro in association with Renders by Ian. The images show a flat-edge design similar to what the iPhone 13 models offer, but with circular volume buttons.
There are three camera lenses on the rear - like the current Pro models - though the renders show the lenses almost flat to the surface and without the square camera housing surrounding them. Prosser says the device will be titanium and the renders also show a punch hole front camera.
30 July 2021: Apple exploring under-display Touch ID and Face ID - and it could mean the notch is dropped for iPhone 14
Apple was granted a patent suggesting it is exploring under-display Touch ID. In the filing, Apple details how the current iPhone design features the imaging sensor next to the display, rather than being embedded into it. The core of this patent, then, discusses how this imaging sensor could be joined with the display in order to enable the next iteration of Touch ID.
26 July 2021: Forget iPhone 13: iPhone 14 Pro could be made of scratch-resistant titanium
An investors report from JPMorgan Chase suggested the iPhone 14 Pro models will be made from titanium alloy and supplied by Hon Hai of Foxconn. The analyst report did not specify whether just the chassis or the metallic band around the edge of the iPhone will be titanium. It's likely the front and the back will remain glass, of course.
Other models in the iPhone 14 series are expected to feature aluminum alloy and stainless steel frames, the report noted.
14 April 2021: Apple iPhone 14 could have 48MP camera and 8K video recording
According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via AppleInsider), the top-tier iPhone 14 models will come with a 48-megapixel sensor. Kuo said in a note to investors that he believed the devices would offer a wide angle camera with an 1/1.3-inch 48MP CMOS image sensor. He also said the new sensor would support 8K.