This story is a part of Focal Level iPhone 2022, CNET’s assortment of reports, suggestions and recommendation round Apple’s hottest product.

The iPhone 14 is probably going coming actually quickly. Apple’s “Far Out” launch occasion is scheduled for Wednesday, and we anticipate to lastly get a glimpse on the new iPhone. 

After practically a 12 months of ready, we have heard a slew of rumors concerning the iPhone 14 lineup, from its attainable launch date and worth to design modifications and new digital camera options. We even received a have a look at its working system, iOS 16 — this is how one can obtain the beta now (and this is which iPhones will not work with iOS 16). 

Even with all the thrill concerning the iPhone 14, Professional, Max and Professional Max, there are many questions nonetheless floating round. Will Apple elevate the worth for its upcoming iPhones? When precisely will you be capable to preorder and purchase the iPhone 14? How will it’s completely different from the iPhone 13? And what’s going to it even appear like

Learn extra: iPhone 14 Apple Occasion: Watch our Stay Updates

We can’t have definitive solutions till Apple’s huge announcement, however one factor is definite: Now is not the time to purchase a brand new iPhone, particularly since Apple’s 2022 flagship is probably going so near its debut. We anticipate to see the Apple Watch Sequence 8 and presumably a new Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Professional quickly, too. 

Whereas we rely down the hours to the iPhone 14’s doubtless arrival, we’re persevering with to gather all of the rumors concerning the upcoming iPhone. The most recent being that the iPhone 14 Professional might sport a single pill-shaped cutout in its show. 

We’ll replace this story as new info turns into accessible. When you’re on the lookout for methods to cross the time till Apple’s Sept. 7 occasion, take a look at CNET’s listing of the very best locations to commerce in your previous cellphone. Plus, this is each hidden iOS 16 characteristic we did not anticipate finding and the 22 iPhone suggestions that’ll make you an influence person

An early render of the iPhone 14 is shown in the color white

Early renders of the iPhone 14 from Jon Prosser recommend a notchless design and flush digital camera setup.


Jon Prosser

We nonetheless do not know a lot concerning the iPhone 14, however we have heard that Apple’s subsequent lineup will nix the Mini and give attention to bigger telephones as a substitute. A 2021 report from Nikkei Asian Evaluation predicted the demise of the iPhone 14 Mini, and a analysis be aware from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo obtained by MacRumors additionally steered that the Mini was not lengthy for this world. Nonetheless, Kuo reported, the iPhone 14 lineup will nonetheless comprise 4 fashions, a “high-end” and a “lower-end,” with two dimension choices for every.

Whereas title hypothesis is not as germane to the dialogue of Apple’s 2022 lineup because it was for unfortunate 13, rumors recommend a small shift in naming conventions, with an iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Professional, iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Professional Max, with “Professional” designating higher-end specs and “Max” referring to the bigger display dimension.

Learn extra: iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13: Selfie Cameras Could Get Greatest Overhaul in Years

iPhone 14 dimension rumors: How giant will screens be?

Apple’s final two iPhone lineups have featured the identical 6.1-inch dimension for the bottom mannequin, going as much as 6.7 inches for the Professional Max. In line with the identical Nikkei Asian Evaluation report, Apple will follow these sizes for the iPhone 14, however delete the 5.4-inch Mini. This rumor is corroborated by a March report from 9to5Mac. Experiences confirmed sluggish gross sales of the iPhone 12 Mini, so it’s going to be no shock ought to Apple retire the small cellphone in 2022.

Though the dimensions of the subsequent iPhone is anticipated to remain the identical, the show bezels for the Professional Max are rumored to be 20 % smaller in comparison with earlier iPhone generations, in keeping with CAD renders shared by Twitter leaker ShrimpApplePro. This implies the display could be barely bigger. Nonetheless, it is vital to notice that this rumor ought to be taken with a grain of salt since ShrimpApplePro would not have an in depth observe file to assist their speculations.

Rumored iPhone 14 display sizes

iPhone 14 6.1 inches
iPhone 14 Professional 6.1 inches
iPhone 14 Max 6.7 inches
iPhone 14 Professional Max 6.7 inches
An iPhone sits on a wood table next to a coffee cup

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Launch date: When will the iPhone 14 go on sale?

Apple has set its subsequent launch occasion for Sept. 7 at 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. BST). The brand new iPhone is anticipated to make its debut at this occasion, presumably alongside Apple Watch Sequence 8. 

Though we now know the possible launch date for the iPhone 14, its launch date has but to be confirmed. However like different features of the brand new iPhone, rumors can present a couple of hints. A current Bloomberg report means that the brand new iPhone will go on sale Sept. 16. 

Apple holds its annual fall iPhone occasion in September nearly yearly, with the telephones being launched shortly thereafter, often the Friday of the next week. Generally Apple will stagger launch dates for particular fashions, particularly when introducing a brand new design or dimension. So it is attainable that the iPhone 14 lineup could have multiple launch date.

Here is what we all know: 

  • Apple tends to carry its occasions on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Apple’s iPhone 13 occasion was held on Tuesday, Sept. 14, and this 12 months’s occasion is slated for Wednesday, Sept. 7.
  • iPhone launch dates are usually per week and a half after Apple’s bulletins. 
  • Generally, new iPhones are launched on a Friday, across the third week of September. For the iPhone 13, preorders started Sept. 17 and the telephones went on sale Sept. 24.

A couple of years in the past, CNET took a deep dive into the Apple occasion timeline and emerged with a compelling Labor Day speculation, which you’ll examine right here. Though our speculation was per week off for 2021, this 12 months it aligns with the date of Apple’s scheduled launch occasion. 

Learn extra: We Cannot Wait For These Upcoming Telephones

iPhone 14 worth: How a lot will Apple’s 2022 iPhone value?

Apple did not make any main worth modifications between 2020’s iPhone 12 and 2021’s iPhone 13. However with larger modifications anticipated to be on the best way for the iPhone 14, it is affordable to imagine that Apple might elevate costs in 2022. 

The brand new iPhone may even see a $100 worth improve, in keeping with Wedbush Securities analyst Dan Ives. “Costs have been growing throughout the entire provide chain, and Cupertino must cross these prices to the patron on this launch,” Ives advised The Solar. Kuo additionally estimates that Apple might improve the worth for its new iPhone.

Nonetheless, different rumors recommend that the iPhone 14 will share the identical worth as final 12 months’s mannequin, or can be even cheaper. A Korean leaker who goes by the deal with yeux1122 suggests Apple plans to “freeze” the worth of the bottom mannequin of the iPhone 14. 

For reference, this is how a lot every model of the iPhone 13 lineup value at launch.

iPhone 13 pricing

128GB 256GB 512GB 1TB
iPhone 13 Mini $699 $799 $999 N/A
iPhone 13 $799 $899 $1,099 N/A
iPhone 13 Professional $999 $1,099 $1,299 $1,499
iPhone 13 Professional Max $1,099 $1,199 $1,399 $1,599

Digital camera rumors: A greater front-facing digital camera and extra for the iPhone 14?

Apple might have a couple of digital camera upgrades in retailer for the upcoming iPhone 14. Rumors say the tech big has chosen a brand new provider for its front-facing digital camera to make a higher-end lens. In line with a report from Korean tech web site ET Information, citing unnamed trade sources, South Korean provider LG Innotek will present the brand new selfie digital camera for the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Professional. 

Kuo additionally shared insights concerning the iPhone 14’s potential digital camera upgrades in an traders be aware reported on by 9to5Mac simply after the iPhone 13 launch. Within the be aware, Kuo predicts a hole-punch entrance digital camera, making the iPhone 14 notchless, in addition to a 48-megapixel vast rear digital camera for the Professional and Professional Max fashions, up from 12 megapixels on earlier iPhones.

Show analyst Ross Younger predicts, nevertheless, that the iPhone 14 Professional and Professional Max could have a hole-and-pill-shaped design to accommodate the front-facing digital camera and Face ID. The opening cutout is believed to be for the Face ID dot projector, and the pill-shaped cutout holds the entrance digital camera and Face ID digital camera, in keeping with a January report from MacRumors. An August report from 9to5Mac additionally means that the high-end iPhone 14 might even sport a singular pill-shaped cutout.

Kuo’s hypothesis concerning the digital camera’s megapixel capability aligns with each a current analysis be aware from Haitong Worldwide Securities, additionally reported on by MacRumors, and a report from analysis firm TrendForce. Each Jeff Pu and TrendForce hypothesize the 2 Professional fashions can be outfitted with a 48-megapixel vast lens. Pu, nevertheless, provides that the iPhones will sport a triple-lens rear digital camera system with a 12-megapixel ultrawide and telephoto lenses along with the 48-megapixel vast lens. The analyst provides that the Professional variations of the iPhone 14 may sport 8GB of RAM, as effectively. (As compared, the iPhone 13 Professional and Professional Max have 6GB.) That is corroborated by a report from a Korean weblog that cites home provide chain sources, as MacRumors noticed.

iPhone 13 digital camera upgrades embody a brand new Cinematic mode, ProRes video and a few enhancements in zoom capabilities. We had beforehand reported on rumors that the whole lineup would characteristic lidar, the iPhone 12 Professional’s standout depth-sensing characteristic, however lidar ended up making an look solely on the iPhone 13 Professional and Professional Max in any case. It is attainable Apple would possibly broaden the characteristic to its full lineup in 2022 as a substitute, however we have not heard something but. 

One other of the digital camera options we’re nonetheless ready on is an improved telephoto lens. Whereas the iPhone 13 Professional’s zoom capabilities got a 3x optical zoom, it nonetheless pales compared to numerous competitor flagships, together with Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Extremely, which boasts a 10x optical zoom.

iphone14 bonus render

iPhone 14 may have a digital camera setup that is flush with the again of the cellphone, nixing the chunky digital camera bump.


Jon Prosser

Learn extra: Each iPhone 14 Function I Need to See at Apple’s Subsequent Occasion 

Design rumors: iPhone 14 is likely to be notchless… or will it?

YouTuber and iPhone leaker Jon Prosser (whose observe file is admittedly spotty) made waves the week earlier than the iPhone 13 announcement by releasing renders he commissioned of the iPhone 14 Professional Max primarily based on “actual photographs and schematics” leaked to him from purported sources at Apple. 

Prosser’s renders corroborate a lot of beforehand reported rumors, together with the notchless show and hole-punch digital camera beforehand reported by Kuo, and the iPhone 14 Professional’s titanium alloy chassis, which was first referenced in a 2021 report from JPMorgan Chase. We might been anticipating to see the iPhone 13 go notchless, however as a substitute we received a slimmed-down, however nonetheless very notchy, notch. Apple launched the world to the notched show in 2017 with the discharge of the iPhone X, and as rivals solved the selfie conundrum with hole-punch and under-display cameras, Apple nonetheless hasn’t, er, taken it down a notch. 

Learn extra: iPhone 14 Design Rumors

However Prosser’s renders appear to align with these earlier reviews that Apple would lastly excise the iPhone’s notch in 2022. And Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman additionally hinted at its elimination in a September version of his Energy On e-newsletter, whereby he predicted a “full redesign” for the iPhone 14. Whereas Younger says Apple may introduce a hole-and-pill-shaped design for the brand new iPhone, others recommend a single pill-shaped cutout could also be used as a substitute. 

Those that’ve been crossing their fingers for a notchless iPhone for the reason that iPhone 12 and had their hopes dashed as soon as once more by the iPhone 13 can presumably now stay up for a possible realization of their all-screen goals in 2022’s iPhone 14. 

Nonetheless, earlier than you get too excited, there is a chance that not all of the iPhone 14 fashions will get a brand new notchless design. MySmartPrice revealed supposed CAD renders of the iPhone 14 in March, depicting — you guessed it — a notch. However renders of the 14 Professional mannequin revealed the day earlier than on 91Mobiles do present a notchless show. If these rumors show true, it appears to be like such as you’ll need to spring for the Professional as a way to eliminate the notch.

An iPhone with a green display against a black background

A schematic of the iPhone 14’s show, shared to YouTube by Jon Prosser.


Jon Prosser

iPhone 14 says buh-bye to the digital camera bump however will it maintain the Lightning port?

The opposite huge design change Prosser’s renders present is a flattened digital camera bump. In line with Prosser, the iPhone 14’s physique goes to be a “thick boy,” thick sufficient, it appears, to embody all of the digital camera {hardware} with out an annoying, protruding digital camera setup on the again. Why is the iPhone 14 imagined to be so thick? Maybe to accommodate an even bigger battery, and even the beforehand rumored periscope digital camera, which Kuo projected in 2020. Nonetheless, Kuo and famed tech leaker Max Weinbach have truly pointed to a thicker digital camera bump within the 14 Professional and Professional Max.

Two prior rumors that will not pan out, in keeping with Prosser no less than, are the demise of the Lightning port and the addition of USB-C (the EU might power Apple so as to add USB-C ports to iPhones, nevertheless). Rumors of a utterly portless iPhone have been circulating for some time, nevertheless it seems these will not come true in 2022.

iPhone 14 shade rumors: Pale gold, maybe?

So far as colours go, Prosser’s render colours weren’t primarily based on any precise info from his sources, aside from a pale gold shade, which he claims to have seen proof of himself. Nonetheless, like all different rumored specs, we can’t know the true shade choices for the iPhone 14 till it is launched.

Five iPhones in different colors sit side by side

The iPhone 13 lineup got here in a rainbow of latest hues.


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Rumored iPhone 14 options and specs?

Here is every part else we all know (and suppose we all know) up to now concerning the iPhone 14 lineup’s specs and potential new options.

An always-on lock display

Apple’s iOS 16 will embody an always-on mode for the lock display, in keeping with Bloomberg. This characteristic, nevertheless, could also be unique to the high-end iPhone 14 Professional and iPhone 14 Professional Max. 

Higher battery life

Apple’s 2022 iPhone may provide higher battery life, in keeping with a report from Taiwan’s Financial Day by day Information (through MacRumors). That is mentioned to be on account of a brand new 5G chip that would additionally present the brand new iPhone with Wi-Fi 6E connectivity. 

A bigger battery capability for every mannequin within the iPhone 14 lineup may additionally contribute to the higher battery life. In line with ShrimpApplePro, the usual iPhone 14 might have a 3,279-mAh battery, whereas the iPhone 14 Professional Max might sport a 4,323-mAh battery. 

Wi-Fi 6E adoption

The iPhone 14 might be outfitted with Wi-Fi 6E, in keeping with a November be aware from Kuo, reported on by 9to5Mac. Nonetheless, the analyst says the parts wanted for Wi-Fi 6E could also be briefly provide. Apple’s rumored VR headset can also be mentioned to have Wi-Fi 6E. 

A16 chip

Earlier hypothesis was that the entire iPhone 14 collection would improve to an A16 chip, enhancing upon the final iPhone’s A15 chip in step with Apple’s earlier sample. Nonetheless, Kuo predicted in March that the A16 will solely seem within the iPhone 14 Professional and Professional Max, whereas the 14 and 14 Max will maintain the A15. 

120Hz ProMotion show

All iPhone 14 fashions may embody Apple’s ProMotion show, which solely the iPhone 13 Professional and Professional Max variants at the moment have. ProMotion boosts the display’s refresh price for smoother efficiency, as much as 120Hz. That is extra hypothesis than precise rumor, primarily based on modifications in Apple’s provide chain that might make it simpler for the corporate to supply the characteristic throughout its subsequent lineup.

Younger, nevertheless, speculates that Apple will proceed to supply ProMotion shows completely to its Professional fashions. The analyst means that Chinese language producer BOE could be one in every of Apple’s LTPO OLED show suppliers, however the firm would not have a big manufacturing capability proper now. 

5G connectivity 

Apple launched 5G connectivity to its iPhone 12 lineup and, unsurprisingly, included it within the iPhone 13 as effectively. There isn’t any purpose to imagine we can’t see 5G-compatible iPhone 14s, too. A 2021 report from Nikkei Asian Evaluation additionally predicts Apple will “go all in on 5G” in 2022.

MagSafe equipment

Like 5G, MagSafe was launched to the iPhone in 2020’s iPhone 12 lineup. The snap-on, magnetic equipment embody wallets, battery packs and chargers, and it was one in every of our favourite iPhone 12 options. The iPhone 13 can also be suitable with MagSafe, and we anticipate the identical for Apple’s subsequent technology of telephones.

Satellite tv for pc connectivity

An Eleventh-hour iPhone 13 rumor through Kuo that did not come to fruition was the addition of satellite tv for pc connectivity, which might enable customers to ship textual content messages through satellite tv for pc in areas with out mobile protection, no less than in emergency conditions, as reported by Bloomberg. Alas, satellite tv for pc connectivity is nowhere to be discovered within the iPhone 13 lineup, however maybe meaning it is coming within the iPhone 14 as a substitute.

Apple MagSafe battery pack on a purple iPhone 12

The Apple MagSafe Battery Pack on the iPhone 12.


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Keep tuned for extra iPhone 14 information because it comes out, and within the meantime, take a look at CNET’s evaluations of the iPhone 13 and 13 Mini, and the iPhone 13 Professional and 13 Professional Max. Plus, this is how all 4 iPhone 13 fashions evaluate, how the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12 differ, whether or not it is smart to purchase an iPhone 12 or iPhone 11, and how all of Apple’s iPhones from the previous 5 years stack up. And this is every part to know concerning the iPhone SE 2022.