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Apple iPhone 14: here's everything we know so far

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The iPhone 14 might be the smallest upgrade we've seen Apple introduce in a long time - but the iPhone 14 Pro could be the biggest, as leaks point to the Pro models getting an incredible revamp.

We've heard about four new iPhone 14 models in total, with the Pro and Pro Max variants tipped to get new features like an Always-On Display, higher-res rear camera, redesigned front camera cut-out and more. None of this is official, so take it with a pinch of salt, but there's been lots of corroboration in what leakers expect.

Rumored iPhone 14 features

- Likely to land in September
- A new iPhone 14 Max in place of an iPhone 14 mini
- No notch for the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max
- Similar designs to the iPhone 13 range for the basic models
- Two roughly 6.1-inch phones and two 6.7-inch phones
- 48MP cameras on Pro models
- Bigger batteries
- Possibly the A16 Bionic chipset, but maybe the A15

We have a surprisingly clear picture of the form the iPhone 14 range might take – though this far from launch we’d be extra skeptical, as there’s plenty of time for things to change.

But the rumors so far are promising, pointing to a completely new design for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, a totally new model dubbed the iPhone 14 Max, and some significant camera upgrades.

Below you'll find everything we've heard about the iPhone 14 so far, including details about the potential release date and price. 

And as soon as we hear anything else about the iPhone 14 we’ll add it to this article, so make sure to check back here soon, as leaks are rolling in at a surprisingly rapid rate already.

One place we might hear something is at WWDC 2022, which is taking place today. While Apple is almost certainly not going to announce anything related to the iPhone 14  –  it usually saves those announcements for later in the year  –  this could be the year it decides to mix things up. Regardless of what it announces though  – be it an iPhone or not  –  be sure to follow along with our WWDC 2022 liveblog for all the latest Apple news and our analysis.

Latest iPhone 14 news

June 23: Possible battery capacities for all four iPhone 14 models have been leaked.

June 13: The iPhone 14 looks increasingly likely to be getting major selfie camera upgrades, including the addition of autofocus.

June 2: the new A16 Bionic chipset might not be much of an upgrade according to a leak.

May 30: A popular Apple leaker and analyst has suggested that iOS 16 could introduce an always-on lock screen to the iPhone 14, letting you check notifications or the time without having to turn on the device's display.

iPhone 14: what you need to know

iPhone 14 release date: There aren't any release date rumors yet, we've heard about the launch event: it could take place on September 13. Expect a release about a week after the debut.

iPhone 14 price: Pricing is unknown, but for reference the iPhone 13 started at $799 / £779 / AU$1,349, and prices may be similar for the next models.

Design: The iPhone 14 will probably look a lot like the iPhone 13, but the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max could get a punch-hole camera instead of a notch. There might also be a big-screen iPhone 14 Max in place of an iPhone 14 mini.

Display: The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro could have 6.1-inch (or 6.06-inch) 1170 x 2532 OLED screens, while the iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max could have 6.7-inch (or 6.68-inch) 1284 x 2778 OLED screens. Expect a 120Hz refresh rate on the Pro models and a 60Hz refresh rate on the others.

Camera: The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max could have 48MP main cameras (up from 12MP on the current models). Other specs are unclear, but a triple-lens snapper on all but the standard iPhone 14 is likely, with the basic phone instead having two rear lenses.

Specs: Every iPhone 14 model is expected to have a powerful A16 Bionic chipset, but the Pro models could additionally have 8GB of RAM (up from a maximum of 6GB currently) and up to 2TB of storage (up from a current maximum of 1TB). Some rumors suggest the iPhone 14 and 14 Max could stick with last year's A15 Bionic though.

Battery: There are claims that the battery capacity could increase, with the phones getting thicker to house their larger batteries. One leak has detailed possible specific capacities, with them all increasing except the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

iPhone 14 release date

Even before the iPhone 14 release date rumors started rolling in we were able to take a very good guess at this, as Apple tends to announce new models around the same time each year, usually at a special event.

The iPhone 13 was unveiled on September 14, 2021, and it shipped on September 24. While we probably won’t see the iPhone 14 on those exact dates in 2022, Apple tends to unveil the new models on either the first or second Tuesday in September, which would mean either September 6 or September 13.

In fact, one leaker thinks the launch will take place on September 13, and if that's correct then the release will likely be before the end of the month.

That said, there's a possibility of delays. For a long time production seemed to be on schedule, with trial production apparently having started (as of late February) and the engineering validation stage supposedly having been entered (as of late March), which is on schedule.

But since then we've heard that lockdowns in China have slowed things down, with at least one model in the iPhone 14 range apparently being three weeks behind. Apple is supposedly trying to speed things along, but whether it will manage remains to be seen.

iPhone 14 price

We've heard one iPhone 14 price leak which detailed four members of the new range - with a Max included, but no Mini.

Apparently the base phone will start at $799 - the iPhone 13 starts at $799 / £779 / AU$1,349, so that fits - with the iPhone 14 Max going for $100 more than that. We've similarly elsewhere heard that the iPhone 14 will have a similar starting price to the iPhone 13.

The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max are said to go for $1,099 and $1,199 respectively, which would mean each would be $100 more than the starting price of their predecessors.

The price could be similar to the iPhone 13's (Image credit: Apple)

iPhone 14 design

The biggest news on the iPhone 14’s design comes from one big leak, which includes unofficial renders of the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

You can see one of these below, and it includes a punch-hole camera instead of a notch, with the Face ID components presumably being under the screen. It also doesn’t really have a camera bump, with the lenses sitting almost flat on the back – a thing that is apparently achieved by making the phone thicker.

The back is a semi-glossy glass, the volume buttons are shown to be round, and it apparently has titanium sides, in place of stainless steel on the iPhone 13 Pro Max. You can also see that there’s still a triple-lens camera and a Lightning port.

The colors shown here aren’t official (though the source claims to have seen a rose gold model), and it’s worth also noting that this design is thought to only apply to the Pro models, with the iPhone 14 (and iPhone 14 Max if there is one) likely to still have a notch. It’s not currently clear which if any of the other design details here could make it to the standard models.

(Image credit: Jon Prosser / RendersByIan)

We would of course take this with a huge helping of salt, especially as it comes from Jon Prosser, who has a mixed track record, and as another source has said the iPhone 14 Pro range will still have a notch (albeit a smaller one) - possibly as well as a punch-hole.

But Prosser is often right, and both Mark Gurman and Ming-Chi Kuo (two leakers with excellent track records for Apple information) have since said that the notch will be replaced with a punch-hole camera, as more recently has The Elec.

Another leaker has chimed in to say the same too, though they claim that the camera cut-out will be pill-shaped, suggesting that it might be bigger than most punch-hole cameras.

Ross Young - a supply-chain expert in the world of smartphone displays - has said he believes the company will adopt a "hole + pill" design of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. That will mean a pill-shaped cutout, as well as a smaller hole that will still be visible – a theory backed up with a leaked schematic cut out.

More sources have now agreed with this, and leaked CAD renders visible below show this design too, though they don't show the rear camera changes you can see further up.

In fact, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max might actually have a slightly bigger camera bump than the iPhone 13 Pro range according to leaked schematics. This is reportedly due to the use of a new 48MP sensor (more on which further down).

All that said, Gurman has said the iPhone 14 range will include “a hole-punch-sized notch”, and it's not clear from that whether he means a small notch or an actual punch-hole, so there's still some uncertainty about the design.

Elsewhere, we’ve heard that the Pro models could use a titanium alloy for their frame. This would likely be stronger than the materials used in current models, and this source also claims there will be an iPhone 14 Max in place of an iPhone 14 mini.

iPhone 14 display

Reputable leaker Ming-Chi Kuo claims that there will be two 6.1-inch iPhone 14 models (a standard one and a Pro), and two 6.7-inch ones (a Pro Max and a Max).

We’ve also heard more detailed screen specs from Ross Young (another leaker with a good track record). Young claims that the iPhone 14 will have a 6.06-inch 1170 x 2532 OLED screen with a 60Hz refresh rate and 460 pixels per inch. The iPhone 14 Pro will apparently have similar screen specs, but with a 120Hz variable refresh rate.

Then the iPhone 14 Pro Max is said to have a 6.68-inch 1284 x 2778 OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and 458 pixels per inch. There’s also apparently going to be an iPhone 14 Max (taking the place of the mini) with basically the same screen specs but a 60Hz refresh rate.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max (Image credit: TechRadar)

Another source has also suggested that the two cheaper models will be stuck with 60Hz screens, just like in the current range. That said, we've more recently heard that Apple is considering a 120Hz screen for the iPhone 14 Max, but that the decision hasn't yet been made.

A leak has also suggested that all four iPhone 14 models could have 120Hz screens. This is quite an old leak and is at odds with one above, but this claim has been made again more recently, so we're not sure what's right here.

And there’s also a patent for a technology that could make the iPhone screen stronger, without making it any thicker. That would be a nice addition, but patents often don’t turn into anything, so don’t count on seeing this.

iPhone 14 camera

On the camera front, the unofficial renders above show the iPhone 14 Pro Max with a triple-lens camera, and indeed another source also points to that phone (and the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Max) having a triple-lens camera. The iPhone 14 meanwhile will apparently stick with two lenses.

So that doesn’t sound like much change from the iPhone 13 range, though the specifications of the lenses and sensors may well differ.

Indeed, Ming-Chi Kuo (an analyst with a great track record for Apple information) has claimed that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will each have a 48MP main camera, up from 12MP on the current models. This would apparently be capable of recording 8K video, and it's something he's more recently reiterated, and in December 2021 reiterated again, so he seems very sure of this.

Plus, another analyst has also joined Kuo in that claim saying that they expect both the Pro models in 2022 to feature 48MP cameras. That isn't confirmation, but it certainly helps Kuo's original claim.

The iPhone 13 Pro (Image credit: Apple)

There are also rumors of a periscope camera in the works (for long range optical zoom), and we’ve even seen a patent supporting these claims. However, most sources suggest this is further out – probably landing on the iPhone 15 or later.

Then there's the front camera, which could be improved for every phone in the iPhone 14 line, with multiple sources pointing to the addition of autofocus. We've also heard that it might have extra elements in the lens, and a change in aperture.

iPhone 14 specs and features

One thing we’re almost certain of is that the iPhone 14 range will have a new chipset, probably called the A16 or the A16 Bionic. According to Ross Young, this would be made on a 4nm process, which suggests it could be a reasonable boost on the 5nm A15 Bionic in the iPhone 13 range.

In fact, the process could even be moved down to 3nm, according to DigiTimes (via MacRumors (opens in new tab)).

That said, we've more recently heard that a 5nm process could be used once again, as TSMC (the company that's producing the chipset) is apparently struggling to switch to a 3nm (or 4nm) process. This is something we've now heard multiple times.

We've also heard that potentially only the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max would get this chipset, with the basic models being stuck with the A15 Bionic. The same source says to expect 6GB of RAM in every model. That split in chipsets has now been mentioned by multiple sources.

Another leak also suggests both the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will feature 8GB of RAM. 6GB of RAM is the most we've seen on an iPhone, so far. Though we've elsewhere heard that every model will have 6GB of RAM, which would be an upgrade for the cheaper ones, but not for the Pro handsets.

On the storage front, the Pro models of the iPhone 13 increased the maximum amount of internal storage you could buy from 512MB to 1TB, and we're hearing that the iPhone 14 Pro phones could double that again – all the way to 2TB.

Beyond that, some sources reckon we could see under-display Touch ID on the iPhone 14, though Mark Gurman (a leaker with a great track record for Apple information) has said that while Apple apparently tested this, the company is now all-in on Face ID, so it sounds like this probably won’t happen – and if it does, it’s likely to be as well as Face ID rather than instead.

Another source has also said under-display Touch ID won't happen, so this looks very unlikely.

Another rumored but unlikely feature is a switch from a Lightning port to USB-C. Apple is reportedly considering this for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, but as yet only one source has pointed in this direction, so we're skeptical.

What the iPhone 14 range is sure to include though is 5G support, while a patent suggests it might also have a new form of 3D Touch, which would use haptic feedback to make interactions more intuitive. But as with all patents we wouldn’t count on anything coming of this one.

There's also talk that Apple could switch from a physical SIM card to an eSIM (which you wouldn't be able to remove). The iPhone 13 range already has this but it's in addition to a physical one, not instead. However, if Apple does go eSIM-only with any iPhone 14, it will probably also offer models that have both kinds.

iPhone 14 battery

In terms of the battery, it sounds like there could be improvements there, with one source saying it will be larger in the next models, and another saying the phones will be thicker – which could leave room for a larger one.

More specifically, a leaker has claimed that the iPhone 14 may have a 3,279mAh battery, the iPhone 14 Pro may have a 3,200mAh one, the iPhone 14 Max may have a 4,325mAh one, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max may have a 4,323mAh one.

Those would all be upgrades except in the case of the Pro Max, which would be a slight downgrade - though we'd take this leak with an extra helping of salt, as the source has cast doubt on it.

When it comes time to charge, you might be making use of a MagSafe charger rather than the Lightning port based on one patent, though notably early unofficial renders show the Lightning port intact.

We'd be surprised if Apple did ditch the Lightning port on the iPhone 14, but a new EU plan could mean that its days are numbered.

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.