Although the new iPhone 14 promises plenty of upgrades – including a new 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max to replace the mini – all eyes seem to be on the iPhone 14 Pro series this year. And that’s because early reports and rumors point to many key differences between the regular and Pro models.
In fact, if you look at our first iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro comparison that breaks down all the leaks so far, we might be looking at the biggest feature and power gap ever when it comes to the two different batches of new iPhones. .
We’re talking about everything from cameras and design to charging, screens and overall performance. Here are the biggest rumored iPhone 14 Pro updates so far.
iPhone 14 Pro: no notch (finally)
Apple has used the same general design for the front of the iPhone since the iPhone X in 2017. And while the notch served its purpose well – housing both the front camera and all the tech used for Face ID – it looks like the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will break with the past.
Several reports suggest that the iPhone 14 Pro series will ditch the notch in favor of two smaller cutouts on the front of the screen. There would be a punch hole for the selfie camera and a pill-shaped cutout for the TrueDepth sensor. It’s possible this design could prove to be even more distracting than the singular notch, but the renders we’ve seen don’t make it that intrusive.
iPhone 14 Pro designed for 48MP camera
Although it has stuck with a 12-megapixel primary camera for ages, Apple continues to make the best camera phones. And that’s because he continued to enlarge and improve the sensors behind those cameras while improving his computational photography.
Still, Pro-level users prefer working with more resolution, especially when it comes to cropping photos after the fact. And they might very well get their wish if the reports around a 48MP wide camera prove true for the iPhone 14 Pro series. A 48MP camera on the iPhone 14 Pro could also use pixel binning to convert high-resolution shots to 12MP images for easier sharing.
Additionally, opting for a sharper 48MP main camera could also allow Apple to upgrade to 8K video recording, something Samsung is already doing with the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Meanwhile, we continue to expect only the iPhone 14 Pros to offer a telephoto lens, although we don’t know if the optical zoom will again be limited to 3x.
USB-C for iPhone 14 Pro
At least one leaker has claimed that the iPhone 14 Pro series will get USB-C connectivity. So, at least for the Pro line, the Lightning connectors would disappear, which would force the iPhone 13 and earlier iPhones to charge slower. Also, Lightning connectors just aren’t as reliable and durable as USB-C cables.
This decision by Apple would not be to adopt a more modern standard, but to allow higher transfer speeds for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. After all, if the iPhone 14 Pro series is to pack a 48MP camera and possibly support 8K video and ProRes video, USB-C would help transfer files faster to a powerful 14-inch MacBook Pro or MacBook Pro. 16 inches.
iPhone 14 Pro: A16 power and better RAM
We hear conflicting things around the specs of the iPhone 14 Pro, but Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that the new A16 Bionic chip might be reserved for the new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The regular iPhone 14 line would get the same A15 Bionic chip found in the iPhone 13 series.
Additionally, Kuo says that all four iPhone 14 models will get 6GB of RAM, which would be a boost from the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini. However, while the base models would use 4X LPDDR RAM, the Pro models would feature faster and more efficient LPDDR 5 RAM.
iPhone 14 Pro: once again exclusive 120 Hz display
A 120Hz ProMotion display for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max is a lock because it would simply be carried over from the iPhone 13 Pro lineup. Meanwhile, the standard iPhone 14 is expected to feature a new 90Hz refresh rate, up from 60Hz.
So the iPhone 14 Pro series will likely always deliver the smoothest overall scrolling and performance. And when the iPhone 14 series launches, we would expect many more games and apps to be optimized for a 120Hz experience by developers.
At the end of the line
It makes sense that the iPhone 14 series would get the most advanced upgrades, especially since they should continue to demand a premium. If we assume the standard iPhone 14 will start at $799, jumping $200 to the Pro must be worth it. And if there’s an $899 iPhone 14 Max, the $1,099 iPhone 14 Pro Max will also have to justify its higher price tag.
All of the updates leaked above should do just that, but we’ll have to see what rumors actually pan out.