Wait for Performance Improvements
Apple always makes year-to-year performance improvements to the iPhone so you can expect the iPhone 14 series to come with some key upgrades.
You can expect the iPhone 14 models to feature an improved processor which could lead to better battery life and app performance.
Unfortunately, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 14 Pro models might be the only ones getting Apple's new A16 chip. The standard models might keep the A15 chip. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and 9to5Mac have heard this, so has TrendForce.
It also looks like this trend might extend to future iPhone models. Ming-Chi Kuo believes new processors will be an exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro series and future models.
Fortunately, according to leaker ShrimpApplePro, the non-Pro iPhone 14 models should "still have some overall performance boost over the iPhone 13 series." The Wall Street Journal claims the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus will have an enhanced version of the A15 on board.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the high-end iPhone 14 models could utilize a vapor chamber thermal system. Apple is reportedly aggressively testing the feature.
According to Kuo, the thermal system will be required for the high-end iPhone 14 models because they'll have stronger computing power and faster 5G speeds.
Taiwan's Economic Daily News the iPhone 14 series could achieve better battery life thanks to a new 5G chip. It also says the new iPhones will have Wi-Fi 6E connectivity.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 14 will indeed feature Wi-Fi 6E. We had heard that the iPhone 13 would come with Wi-Fi 6E, but those rumors didn't pan out.
Kuo believes they'll actually have 6GB of RAM and so does TrendForce. TrendForce also believes the iPhone 14 Pro models will come with the faster LPDDR5 RAM while the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus will feature LPDDR4X RAM which is what's on board the iPhone 13 series.
Digitimes also believes the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro will come with 6GB of faster RAM.
As for their battery sizes, Twitter user ShrimpApplePro has been digging around on Chinese social media and they found a report highlighting what we could see later this year:
Analyst Jeff Pu, from Haitong International Securities, also believes all iPhone 14 models will have 120Hz displays.
We've also heard that at least one, and perhaps two, iPhone 14 models might lack a 120Hz ProMotion Display. If that pans out, at least one model will retain a 60Hz display. The base iPhone 14 models are the likely candidates.
Analyst Ross Young believes ProMotion displays will remain exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models.
Young also believes we could see Apple bring a screen refresh upgrade to the iPhone 14 Pro models and that this upgrade could lead to always-on display functionality.
Code within iOS 16, discovered by 9to5Mac, seems to hint at always-on support for the iPhone 14 Pro models. These references don't confirm the feature, but it seems pretty clear the new operating system is laying the groundwork for the feature.
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman says always-on support is coming to the iPhone 14 Pro models and it "will be able to show widgets displaying weather, calendars, stocks, activities and other data while the screen remains at a low brightness and frame rate."
A rather sketchy rumor from Chinese site MyDrivers suggests that we'll see Apple release a 2TB iPhone 14 in 2022. Most rumors we've seen point to the same 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB sizes we saw with the iPhone 13 series.
That being said, we've also heard that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models could start at 256GB instead of 128GB like the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Analyst Jeff Pu, who at one time also believed the iPhone 14 Pro models would start at 256GB, now believes they will stay at 128GB. Another source says the iPhone 14 will indeed start at 128GB like the iPhone 13.
Another rumor also claims the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will feature a faster USB 3.0 Lightning connector.
The iPhone 14 models will also reportedly keep Lightning ports with Apple planning to make a move to USB-C next year, at the earliest. Kuo says Apple will also transition other Lightning products to USB-C alongside the iPhone 15. He's reiterated this in a newer note on Twitter.
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