Apple iPhone 14: everything you need to know while you wait for the September 7 Keynote

The ball of back-to-school announcements will open with Apple and its Keynote announcing the 2022 vintage of iPhones. But before we see the new models pointing the tip of their noses, let’s summarize all the rumors surrounding them.

With the Keynote fast approaching – as it is scheduled for September 7 at 19.00 – it’s time for us to take stock of the rumors surrounding the next generation of iPhone. Indiscretions that come earlier and earlier each year, to the point that it is sometimes difficult to separate the true from the false and the plausible from the improbable. We did not have to wait for the release of the iPhone 13 to talk about the iPhone 14, and from month to month the various rumors only confirmed the previous ones. So much so that the profile of the 2022 iPhones took shape pretty quickly – even if that means breaking any sense of surprise.

Four models, but no Mini

As for three years already, Apple should reject its iPhone 14 in four different models. The only exception this year is that the company would not offer a Mini version of its iPhone 14. This small smartphone, inaugurated together with the iPhone 12, had to bow out after two years of marketing. The mistake of disappointing sales from the start, even though the iPhone 13 Mini was more convincing than the previous model.

Apple therefore seems to have preferred to choose a Max version of the “basic” iPhone 14. This means that the range should consist of an iPhone 14, an iPhone 14 Max, an iPhone 14 Pro and an iPhone 14 Pro Max. As the name suggests, the iPhone 14 Max would be an XL version of the iPhone 14, just like the Pro Max versus the Pro. Like the largest current model, the iPhone 14 Max would have a 6.7-inch panel; the similarities end here, as the rest of the spec sheet would look like the “classic” iPhone 14.

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A barely revised design

The Pro versions would continue to feature an Oled panel with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The notch would disappear this year to make way for a stroke – circular or in the shape of a “pill”. A more modern design, but which would not necessarily translate into more compactness, since, according to the few leaks we have been able to observe, this “pill” appears to be at least as wide as the notch on the iPhone 13. On the back should the photo island – which still houses three modules – increases in thickness. On the side of the non-Pro models, it would be necessary to settle for a refresh rate of 60 Hz as well as a notch. On the back there must be two modules, always arranged diagonally.

But for the rest, the iPhone 14 should remind a lot of what the American company has already done since 2020. Straight and metallic edges, a matte glass back (for the iPhone 14 Pro) and the exact opposite for the “classic” models. Nothing really new under the sun, but Apple could change all that next year, with the sure arrival of the USB-C standard on its smartphones and other products that still use Lightning.

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A photo section that finally changes (a little)

After years of 12 megapixel definition, Apple could change the situation. In fact, it is rumored that the main sensor would adopt a definition of 48 megapixels, but only on the 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max models. A huge change for the company, which would allow these new iPhones to shoot up to 8K and offer much better photographic results than what we can currently have. Next to this main module, we should find an ultra-wide-angle and a telephoto lens with a definition of 12 megapixels.

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Information about the front sensor is still sparse at the moment. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo announced on Twitter that the front module should benefit from a larger aperture (f/1.9 versus f/2.2 currently) and that autofocus would appear. But nothing on the horizon regarding the definition of this sensor. It could be that Apple decides to just keep a 12 megapixel sensor.

But still ?

The various rumors talk about bigger batteries (except for the Pro Max model). This in turn should allow the new iPhones to be among the most durable smartphones on the market, especially since a new 5G chip would be integrated and Wi-Fi 6E would find its place there.

At the processor level, all models would not be placed in the same boat. Only the Pro versions could take advantage of the Apple A16 Bionic, Apple’s latest chip. iPhone 14 and 14 Max, they would remain limited to the A15 Bionic currently included in the iPhone 15. A choice that represents a first for the brand, which generally equips all its flagships with its latest SoC. As for RAM, it’s rumored that all would keep 6GB, although some bells ring that the Pro models could opt for 8GB of RAM. Wired charging could jump to 30W – a big leap forward – and MagSafe could also gain speed.

Finally, Always-On Display could appear on Apple smartphones. Only the Pro models would be eligible for it, thanks to their ProMotion panel and their refresh rate higher than 120 Hz. The process would work exactly like on the Apple Watch, whose screen refreshes at 1Hz when not in use, but still allows you to see certain information such as the time or notifications. A refreshing option on the iPhone that would coincide with the arrival of the new lock screen inaugurated with iOS 16.

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