The iPhone 14 is expected to launch this September, 2022, a year after the arrival of the iPhone 13.
But of course, it won’t be just one phone – as ever, the iPhone 14 should comprise a whole family of handsets, with two standard models and two higher-end Pro handsets.
And with credible, history-proven sources all saying much the same thing, and detailed iPhone 14 Pro Max mock-up breaking cover, there’s every reason to believe them.
We’ve covered what to expect from the iPhone 14 models elsewhere, so here we’re turning our attention to the future Pro variants, which should be called the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
What will they offer over the standard models? Will they be much better than the current iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max? How much will they cost, and when will they be available?
iPhone 14 Pro rumours at a glance
- Two Pro models: iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max
- Thicker bodies with larger camera bumps
- New 48MP main camera
- Front notch replaced by hole punch and pill-shaped cutouts
iPhone timelines over the years
While early models were usually unveiled during the first half of the year, Apple has since switched to a consistent schedule of announcing and releasing new iPhone models in September. Here is a brief timeline of the last few years of iPhone releases:
- iPhone 13: September 23, 2021
- iPhone 12: October 23, 2020
- iPhone 11: September 20, 2019
- iPhone XS: September 21, 2018
- iPhone X: November 3, 2017
- iPhone 8: September 22, 2017
- iPhone 7: September 16, 2016
As you can see, the iPhone release schedule has become relatively consistent, but with two major exceptions. The iPhone 12 series was delayed by a month due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The iPhone X was announced in September, but not released until November. As you may recall, the iPhone X featured an all-new design and was the first iPhone with Face ID.
iPhone 14 release date news
The iPhone 14 lineup is expected to bring upgrades to the camera, a redesign for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, and more. For example, the Pro models are slated to feature a hole punch + a pill-shaped cutout. The front-facing camera is expected to get updated, a new purple color could be offered, and there are rumors of an always-on display.
This year, all indications are that the iPhone 14 is on track for an announcement and a release in September. This includes the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. That’s the entire lineup of new iPhone models we expect this year.
If history is any indication, Apple generally holds its annual Special Event to announce new iPhone models on the first or second Tuesday of September. This year, that would be September 6 or September 13. Given that Labor Day is September 5 in the United States, the most likely date for a keynote this year is September 13.
With all of that having been said, we still can’t entirely rule out the possibility of delays. As we’ve discussed many times, there is a multitude of issues affecting the supply chain right now, ranging from shortages to shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
So far, we’ve only seen one report indicate that the iPhone 14 is facing production delays. And even that report indicated that the delays were impacting the iPhone 14 Max, not the other three modes. Ming-Chi Kuo reported that the iPhone 14 lineup is still on track for a September launch and release. He did note, however, that the iPhone 14 Max is “running behind” but the situation is “under control.”
Apple, however, will always prioritize iPhone production over its other products. The iPhone is the company’s biggest product, generates the most revenue, and is what investors on Wall Street care about most. If further supply chain issues emerge, we would likely see other products delayed before the iPhone 14 would be delayed.
Are you planning to upgrade to the iPhone 14 this year? What change are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know down in the comments below.
iPhone 14 Pro: price predictions
Naturally, there’s no official word yet on the iPhone 14 Pro prices – we won’t hear anything official until the event itself in September. But there have been some leaked figures from publications such as iDropNews(opens in new tab) which, according to its sources, says that higher prices are in the offing.
While the standard iPhone 14 will reportedly begin at the same $799 price as the iPhone 13, the other devices in the family could be in for a $100 price rise. That includes the two iPhone 14 Pro models.
That would leave the iPhone 14 Pro costing $1099, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max with a price tag of $1199. Remember, these are starting prices. If you want more storage, you’ll need to dig a little deeper into your pockets.
This is just a rumour for now, of course, though world events lend it considerable credence. In the UK, for example, the cost of living is at a 30-year high, and the global chip shortage continues to mean higher prices on all manner of consumer electronics, from cars to games consoles. And yes, that includes smartphones.
iPhone 14 Pro: design, specifications rumours
While they may disagree on specifics, almost all the die-hard Apple analysts are united in one belief: that the iPhone 14 family will feature a completely new design compared to the iPhone 13 series. And the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max handsets are supposedly set for the most drastic changes of all.
The story started back in September 2021 – yes, just days after the official unveiling of the iPhone 13. That’s when Jon Prosser of FrontPageTech published renders (including the one above) that appear to reveal the iPhone 14. If that’s the case, the device will feature “titanium edges”, which could make it harder wearing.
In April 2022, Twitter user ShrimpApplePro released CAD drawings that suggest the iPhone 14 Pro will feature some of the thinnest bezels of any smartphone – some 0.5mm thinner than those on the iPhone 13 Pro.
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman wasn’t far behind. The noted Apple watcher claimed the iPhone 14 family will get a “complete redesign” from the ground up, including offering different models from the iPhone 13 range. This involves killing off the 5.4-inch iPhone Mini and launching an all-new Max model alongside the Pro and Pro Max models.
This was backed up by Ming-Chi Kuo, arguably the most reliable Apple analyst on the scene. And leaked case schematics that emerged on Chinese social media site Weibo in April 2022.
Bottom line: the iPhone 14 range could comprise of the following four handsets:
- iPhone 14 – 6.1-inch display
- iPhone 14 Max – 6.7-inch display
- iPhone 14 Pro – 6.1-inch 120Hz display
- iPhone 14 Pro Max – 6.7-inch 120Hz display
It’s these last two that we’re interested in here, and they could be in for a whole new look both on the front and the back.