The iPhone 14 lineup seems to bring the biggest shake-up to Apple’s lineup in years. And this is for several reasons. For one thing, the iPhone mini could be dead and replaced by a new iPhone 14 Max model.
Plus, as our preview of the iPhone 14 versus the iPhone 14 Pro shows, we could see the biggest differences ever between the regular line and the Pro line. So what could you pay for all this? So far, we’ve only seen one credible iPhone 14 price rumor from LeaksApplePro, which doesn’t have a long track record, but the numbers are very intriguing and seem plausible.
Let’s first look at what the price rumor says:
iPhone 14 price rumors
- iPhone 14: $799 (same as iPhone 13)
- iPhone 14 Max: $899 (new model)
- iPhone 14 Pro: $1,099 ($100 increase)
- iPhone 14 Pro Max: $1,199 ($100 increase)
The price list above was published in late March by LeaksApplePro on iDropNews as part of a report on price and feature differences for the iPhone 14 lineup. If you haven’t followed all the rumors, an iPhone The 6.7-inch 14 Max is expected to replace the 5.4-inch iPhone mini. And we’ve seen a number of reports of Apple ditching the iPhone mini for an iPhone 14 Max, due to slow sales of smaller phones.
The iPhone 13 mini starts at $699, so a jump to $899 seems like a lot. But an iPhone 14 Max would get you the same display size as the iPhone 14 Pro Max for hundreds less. And if LeaksApplePro’s price predictions turn out to be accurate, we could be talking about a $300 delta. The standard iPhone 14 would likely remain at the same $799 price as the iPhone 13.
So what about the supposed iPhone 14 Pro price hike from $999 to $1,099? First, let me say that would be a tough sell, as the economy is on shaky ground due to inflation. But based on the iPhone 14 Pro rumors I heard, we could talk about a lot of upgrades between the regular line and the Pro line.
The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will likely still feature three cameras (including a telephoto lens) compared to two lenses for the regular iPhone 14 models. And it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Apple keep the ProMotion 120Hz display exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pros. But we’ve heard of other upgrades that may be unique to the Pro and Pro Max.
This includes a new notchless design for the iPhone 14 Pro series that would swap out the notch for a punch hole and a pill-shaped cutout. The hope is that you will get a more full-screen experience. Additionally, the iPhone 14 Pro line could get a new, sharper 48MP camera (instead of 12MP) with the ability to shoot 8K video.
Last but not least, the iPhone 14 Pro series could have exclusivity on USB-C connectivity, leaving the Lightning connector in the past. This will apparently happen to allow for high-speed file transfers, which would be appreciated by professionals who work with large photo and video files.
Another rumor states that the iPhone 14 Pro has a powerful new A16 processor and faster RAM, so there could be a noticeable performance gap between the Pros and the regular iPhone 14. In fact, there’s even a rumor that Apple will stick with the A15 Bionic chip on the iPhone 14 and maybe just give it a new name.
iPhone 14 price: outlook
Is all of the above worth a supposed price hike? In a world where prices for everything from gas to groceries weren’t skyrocketing, I would say yes. But we are currently in a difficult situation financially for many people.
Perhaps that’s why Apple is reportedly exploring a new iPhone subscription plan for its hardware — to help ease the sting of potentially more expensive iPhone 14 models.
My take is that the iPhone 14 Max might end up being the best value for money of the bunch. If you can get a big screen and good enough performance and cameras for $899, it might look like a bargain next to the potentially more expensive Pro phones.