After more than a year of coverage of the iPhone 14 series, some of the rumors that were once thought to be rumors will no longer be true when the devices are unveiled this week.
The iPhone 14 Pro models are expected to feature an A16 Bionic chip, always-on displays, a “pill and punch” cutout that appears to be a “pill” in place of a notch, taller displays, thinner bezels, and a A 48-megapixel wide-angle camera, while the standard iPhone 14 model will likely bring 6GB of RAM, Wi-Fi 6E connectivity, and an upgraded autofocus front-facing camera system. Rumors continue to evolve as we get closer to device launches, which means these features aren’t always set in stone.
While an iPhone 14 with a USB-C port or even no port at all is almost always considered impossible, there are several major iPhone 14 rumors that once captivated the Apple community but have since been rejected, modified or debunked based on new information.
Completely redesigned and flushed rear camera
Just before the launch of the iPhone 13 series last year, leaker Jon Prosser shared renders that claim to depict a new design for the iPhone 14 Pro. Information from Prosser suggests that the iPhone 14 Pro will have a thicker chassis, allowing for a flush rear camera array, circular volume buttons like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5, and a redesigned speaker and microphone grille with a slimmer edge mesh cutouts instead of holes.
Early in the rumor cycle, plausible design rumors from reliable sources, including CAD renderings and specific dimensions, leaked schematics, images of accessory production molds, and early cases suggest this isn’t an iPhone 14 Pro design.
Instead, the iPhone 14 Pro is expected to feature the same stainless steel frame and frosted glass back as the iPhone 13 Pro, and the overall look is very similar, with only a few subtle differences between the designs, such as rounder corners and a larger rear camera array. It looks like the iPhone 14 Pro will be an “uplift” in the design of the iPhone 13 Pro, which itself is an adaptation of the iPhone 12 Pro.
Titanium frame on the “Pro” model
A major JPMorgan report says the “iPhone 14 Pro” could offer a titanium chassis instead of stainless steel, allowing for a stronger, lighter, and more scratch-resistant design. Prosser reiterated the rumor in an iPhone 14 Pro Max render.
Despite the many benefits of titanium, it appears that Apple will continue to use a stainless steel frame for the iPhone 14 Pro, continuing a design feature introduced on the iPhone X. According to reports, Apple believes it is too expensive to supply titanium for the current “iPhone” case due to production issues.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo was the first to spark rumors of a switch to “hole punch” cameras in the iPhone. While Kuo didn’t comment on how Face ID will continue to be included in the iPhone, display analyst Ross Young said in September 2021 that the iPhone 14 Pro could feature Apple’s first under-display Face ID technology. Twitter leaker @dylandkt then claimed that the iPhone 14 Pro will feature a small pill-shaped camera cutout and that Face ID has been moved below the device’s display.
Young then corrected his prediction, becoming the first analyst to suggest that the iPhone 14 Pro will have a “punch hole and pill-shaped” cutout, which has been suggested by component leaks. So it looks like the iPhone 14 lineup won’t feature any of Apple’s long-rumored under-display tech.
Isolated “Pill and Punch” showing cutout design
One of the biggest late-stage rumors about the iPhone 14 Pro has to do with a “punch hole and pill-shaped” display cutout. While the device is still expected to have these cutouts physically, most observers consider the cutouts to be visually separate. It now appears that the iPhone 14 Pro’s display cutout will appear as a single “pill” shape at the top of the display, shattering previous ideas about what the front of the device would look like. The “Pill” is rumored to be integrated with iOS, showing metrics and changing the status bar.
A16 Bionic chip for non-“Pro” models
Since Apple split the line with the launch of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, each new iPhone lineup has been equipped with the same new chip. This is expected to continue with the iPhone 14 lineup until Ming-Chi Kuo says only the iPhone 14 Pro will contain the A16 Bionic chip, with the standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus models sticking with last year’s A15 Bionic chip. The move further distinguishes between “Pro” and non-“Pro” iPhone models, and may be at least partially triggered by supply chain issues.
The A16 Bionic chip is manufactured on a more advanced 4nm process
Some reports suggest that the A16 Bionic will be the first Apple chip to be manufactured on a 4nm process, especially since Apple is sticking with 5nm with the A14 and A15 chips. Nonetheless, the A16 is expected to continue to be based on TSMC’s 5nm process.
As the third generation of Apple’s 5nm iPhone chips, the A16 is unlikely to offer a huge performance gain over the previous A14 Bionic and A15 Bionic chips, but it may still bring enough performance and efficiency gains to the CPU and GPU to justify its is reasonable. Brand as a brand new chip. Rumor has it that the chip will have better thermal management than the A15 Bionic.
‘iPhone 14 Mini’
When Apple introduced the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini, many assumed that the display size and form factor of the iPhone line would last for years, just as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus form factors were four generations old, and the iPhone X form factor used Three generations of iPhone. While the iPhone 13 mini launched on schedule last year, the smaller iPhone will end in just two years after sluggish sales. According to reports, Apple plans to stop offering new 5.4-inch iPhone models and introduce larger models to replace its lineup.
iPhone 14 ‘Max’ name
Since expectations for the “iPhone 14 mini” have faded, the “iPhone 14 Max” is expected to sit above the iPhone 14 with 6.7-inch displays, like the iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Like the “mini” iPhones of recent years that offer all the same features as the standard iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models, the iPhone 14 Max is expected to offer all the same features as the standard iPhone 14, but with a significantly larger display.
In dozens of reports about the device, it is expected to be named “iPhone 14 Max,” in line with the high-end iPhone 14 Pro Max model. However, reports have begun to focus on the name “iPhone 14 Plus,” and the like. BloombergMark Gurman of Mark Gurman is now using the name in his latest newsletter, and it looks like there’s a good chance there won’t be an “iPhone 14 Max” at all.