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

This iPhone 14 might make its debut subsequent week at Apple’s “Far Out” launch occasion. After almost a yr of ready, we have heard a slew of rumors concerning the new iPhone lineup, from its doable launch date and worth to design modifications and new digicam options. We even bought a have a look at its working system, iOS 16 — this is how one can obtain the beta now if you have not but. 

Even with all the thrill concerning the iPhone 14, Professional, Max and Professional Max, there are many questions nonetheless floating round. Will Apple increase the worth for its upcoming iPhones? When precisely will you be capable of preorder and purchase the iPhone 14? How will or not it’s completely different from the iPhone 13? And what is going to it even seem like? 

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 Collection 8 and presumably a new Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Professional quickly, too. 

Whereas we rely down the times to the iPhone 14’s seemingly arrival, we’re persevering with to gather all of the rumors concerning the upcoming iPhone. We’ll replace this story as new info turns into accessible. For those who’re on the lookout for methods to move the time till Apple’s Sept. 7 occasion, try CNET’s checklist of the perfect locations to commerce in your outdated cellphone. Plus, this is each hidden iOS 16 characteristic we did not look forward to finding and the 22 iPhone suggestions that’ll make you an influence consumer

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 digicam 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 an alternative. A 2021 report from Nikkei Asian Overview predicted the dying of the iPhone 14 Mini, and a analysis be aware from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo obtained by MacRumors additionally advised 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 screen dimension.

Learn extra: iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 13: Selfie Cameras Might 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 Overview 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. Studies confirmed sluggish gross sales of the iPhone 12 Mini, so it will be no shock ought to Apple retire the small cellphone in 2022.

Though the scale of the following iPhone is predicted to remain the identical, the show bezels for the Professional Max are rumored to be 20 p.c smaller in comparison with earlier iPhone generations, in line with CAD renders shared by Twitter leaker ShrimpApplePro. This implies the display screen could be barely bigger. Nonetheless, it is essential to notice that this rumor ought to be taken with a grain of salt since ShrimpApplePro does not have an in depth observe document to help their speculations.

Rumored iPhone 14 display screen 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 predicted to make its debut at this occasion, presumably alongside Apple Watch Collection 8. 

Though we now know the possible launch date for the iPhone 14, its launch date has but to be confirmed. However like different elements of the brand new iPhone, rumors can present just a few 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 virtually yearly, with the telephones being launched shortly thereafter, normally 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 doable that the iPhone 14 lineup can have a couple of launch date.

This 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 yr’s occasion is slated for Wednesday, Sept. 7.
  • iPhone launch dates are usually every week and a half after Apple’s bulletins. 
  • Basically, 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 number 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 every week off for 2021, this yr 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 price?

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

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

Nonetheless, different rumors recommend that the iPhone 14 will share the identical worth as final yr’s mannequin, or might 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 price 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 digicam and extra for the iPhone 14?

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

Kuo additionally shared insights concerning the iPhone 14’s potential digicam 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 digicam, making the iPhone 14 notchless, in addition to a 48-megapixel vast rear digicam for the Professional and Professional Max fashions, up from 12 megapixels on earlier iPhones.

Show analyst Ross Younger hypothesizes, nevertheless, that the iPhone 14 Professional and Professional Max can have a hole-and-pill formed design to accommodate for the front-facing digicam and Face ID. The outlet cutout is believed to be for the Face ID dot projector, and the pill-shaped cutout holds the entrance digicam and Face ID digicam, in line with a January report from MacRumors. Supposedly leaked CAD renders of the iPhone 14, seen by 91mobiles, corroborate this rumor.

Kuo’s hypothesis relating to the digicam’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 might be geared up with a 48-megapixel vast lens. Pu, nevertheless, provides that the iPhones will sport a triple-lens rear digicam 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 nicely. (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 digicam 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 spite of everything. It is doable Apple would possibly increase the characteristic to its full lineup in 2022 as an alternative, however we have not heard something but. 

One other of the digicam 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 digicam setup that is flush with the again of the cellphone, nixing the chunky digicam bump.

Jon Prosser

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

Design rumors: iPhone 14 is perhaps notchless… or will it?

YouTuber and iPhone leaker Jon Prosser (whose observe document 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 pictures and schematics” leaked to him from purported sources at Apple. 

Prosser’s renders corroborate quite a lot of beforehand reported rumors, together with the notchless show and hole-punch digicam 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 would been anticipating to see the iPhone 13 go notchless, however as an alternative we bought 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 stories that Apple would lastly excise the iPhone’s notch in 2022. And Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman additionally hinted at its removing 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 formed design for the brand new iPhone. This hole-and-pill show emerged in schematics on Chinese language social media website Weibo, and have been later shared by Prosser. 

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 look ahead to a possible realization of their all-screen desires 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 printed supposed CAD renders of the iPhone 14 in March, depicting — you guessed it — a notch. However renders of the 14 Professional mannequin printed the day earlier than on 91Mobiles do present a notchless show. If these rumors show true, it seems to be such as you’ll need to spring for the Professional in an effort to do away with 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 digicam bump however will it maintain the Lightning port?

The opposite huge design change Prosser’s renders present is a flattened digicam 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 digicam {hardware} with out an annoying, protruding digicam setup on the again. Why is the iPhone 14 speculated to be so thick? Maybe to deal with an even bigger battery, and even the beforehand rumored periscope digicam, which Kuo projected in 2020. Nonetheless, Kuo and famed tech leaker Max Weinbach have really pointed to a thicker digicam bump within the 14 Professional and Professional Max.

Two prior rumors that will not pan out, in line with Prosser at the very least, are the dying 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, but it surely seems these will not come true in 2022.

iPhone 14 coloration 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 coloration, which he claims to have seen proof of himself. Nonetheless, like all different rumored specs, we can’t know the true coloration 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.


Rumored iPhone 14 options and specs?

This is every thing else we all know (and assume we all know) to this point concerning the iPhone 14 lineup’s specs and potential new options.

An always-on lock display screen

Apple’s iOS 16 will embody an always-on mode for the lock display screen, in line 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 line with a report from Taiwan’s Financial Day by day Information (through MacRumors). That is stated 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 could possibly be geared up with Wi-Fi 6E, in line 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 be stated to have Wi-Fi 6E. 

A16 chip

Earlier hypothesis was that the entire iPhone 14 sequence 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 screen’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 may 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 among Apple’s LTPO OLED show suppliers, however the firm does 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 nicely. There is not any cause to imagine we can’t see 5G-compatible iPhone 14s, too. A 2021 report from Nikkei Asian Overview 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 among our favourite iPhone 12 options. The iPhone 13 can be suitable with MagSafe, and we anticipate the identical for Apple’s subsequent era 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, at the very least 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 which means it is coming within the iPhone 14 as an alternative.

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, try 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 examine, 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 thing to know concerning the iPhone SE 2022.