Rumor roundup: What to expect from the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max

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The “iPhone 14” line should be incredibly similar to the iPhone 13 with minor changes such as camera performance and a new larger “max” model. Here’s what the rumor suggests the phones will look like.

So far, there haven’t been many rumors about Apple’s standard 2022 iPhones. There are more rumors about what won’t be included in the “iPhone 14” than what will be, with supply chain leaks focusing on the more rugged “iPhone 14 Pro”.

A handful of rumors and a few leaked diagrams provide just enough detail to paint a picture of Apple’s latest iPhone strategy. It looks like the company is looking to further widen the gap between entry-level and pro models.

The leaked diagrams show nearly identical dimensions, a notched display and a dual camera system on the back much like the iPhone 13. However, according to Mark Gurman, there will be a new size class that will replace the iPhone mini – the 6.7-inch “iPhone 14 Max.”

This larger iPhone would have the same display size as the iPhone 13 Pro Max, but have the same cameras, display technology and features as the standard iPhone. This means that users would no longer have to choose an iPhone pro just to get a bigger screen size.

The 'iPhone 14 Pro' will have more obvious design changes

The ‘iPhone 14 Pro’ will have more obvious design changes

The “iPhone 14 Max” is a brand new device, so users looking for something in this size and feature set will have an obvious reason to upgrade, but it’s not yet clear what will change for the 6 model, 1 inch. If it has the same Super Retina XDR display, the same A15 processor, and the same camera system, then Apple will likely have a new feature to earn it the “iPhone 14” name.

Apple will likely improve its rear camera system, possibly introduce macro mode on non-pro devices

Apple will likely improve its rear camera system, possibly introduce macro mode on non-pro devices

Industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple could increase the RAM of the standard models from 4GB to 6GB. This means that the performance will be similar to that of the iPhone 13 Pro with its A15 processor.

Display supply chain analyst Ross Young said ProMotion won’t come to non-professional iPhones in 2022 due to supply chain limitations. The 2023 “iPhone 15” could be the first line to have ProMotion on all devices.

Face ID should remain the only biometrics for the iPhone 14

Face ID should remain the only biometrics for the iPhone 14

Other elements remaining the same include Face ID and the Lightning port. Rumor has it that Face ID under-display isn’t ready, and the pill and hole cutout is exclusive to pro models, so the notch and sensor housing will remain the same.

Also, Apple isn’t expected to switch to a portless iPhone just yet. MagSafe could see some upgrades to prepare users for the transition.

There are no other potential features leaked yet, but Apple may bring features available in other products to the “iPhone 14”. An obvious upgrade is the ultra-wide camera which gains autofocus so users can take macro shots. Currently, macro photography is exclusive to pro iPhones, but only because the ultra-wide camera got autofocus and not because of a performance limitation.

There's not much to distinguish the iPhone 2022 from the iPhone 13

There’s not much to distinguish the iPhone 2022 from the iPhone 13

There’s also a slim chance that Apple will introduce Center Stage to the iPhone’s selfie camera with an ultra-wide lens. Apple has included the technology in the iPad, Mac, and even the Studio Display. If Apple wants the feature to be ubiquitous, it will likely bring it to its most popular product.

Apple is expected to announce the “iPhone 14” and “iPhone 14 Max” at an Apple event in September. The “iPhone 14 Pro” and “iPhone 14 Pro Max” will also be announced, so check out the renders and rumors for those devices as well.

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