iPhone 14: Everything we know so far

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Fergus Halliday
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July 06, 2022
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With the updated iPhone SE 3 out of the way, the flagship iPhone lineup is likely next on Apple's list. And while this inevitable and anticipated follow-up to the iPhone 13 doesn't have an official name or specs yet, a few key details about the device have already come to light.

In 2022, leaks for consumer tech products are fairly common and even more so when it comes to major manufacturers like Samsung and Apple. The upshot here is that, while nothing is certain, there are already a few aspects of the new iPhone 14 that we can be fairly confident about ahead of time.

Even if we won't know the full list of features and tech upgrades that will separate the new iPhone 14 from last year's iPhone 13 for a few more months, there's already a lot we do know about Apple's next line of flagship smartphones.

iPhone 14 mockup

When will the iPhone 14 be announced?

Apple typically announces new iPhones in September, and there's no reason to expect that to change in 2022.

Based on the timing of previous reveals, we expect to see the iPhone 14 make its (Australian) debut on the morning of either September 7, 2022 or September 14, 2022.

In recent years, Apple's go-to-market strategy has involved launching preorders two days after the initial product announcement and then releasing new iPhones a further week after that. Assuming that they stick to the playbook in 2022, that means that if the iPhone 14 ends up being announced on the 7th, Aussies are looking at a potential launch date of September 16.

Alternatively, a September 14 announcement for the iPhone 14 would mean a September 24 street date for Australians keen on trading out their current handset for Apple's latest shiny.

iPhone 14 design: What to expect

iPhone with USB-C and Lightning chargers

While the last two generations of iPhone have kept design changes to a minimum, the rumour mill says that this year's iPhone 14 will break that trend. It won't be a complete or even iPhone X-style redesign, but early leaks suggest that there will be a few of big and very visible revisions to the formula this time around.

The most notable design change that we're expecting to see from the iPhone 14 concerns the notch. Infamously divisive when it was first introduced, a number of leaks and renders have suggested that Apple will be moving to introduce a secondary "pill" notch (similar to the one last seen on the Samsung Galaxy S10+) to go alongside the original display cutout.

While this will make for an iPhone screen that looks a bit different from previous years, the bet is that the benefits to the quality of the front-facing camera hardware on the iPhone 14 will be worth the imposition.

Another rumour that concerns the display on the iPhone 14 suggests that Apple will be doubling down on the high refresh rate tech that was exclusive to the iPhone 13 Pro last year. This time, the entire iPhone 14 lineup is expected to boast a refresh rate of 120Hz.

The last big rumour dogging the upcoming iPhone 14 is that Apple might look to say goodbye to the Lightning Port in favour of USB Type-C. Some have said that this shift won't come until 2023's iPhone 15 or later. However, recent refreshes of the iPad line have seen Apple drift increasingly towards the semi-universal connector type. We'll have to wait and see.

iPhone 14 camera: What to expect

The front-facing camera setup on the iPhone 14 likely isn't the only area where Apple is looking to shore up its already-considerable smartphone photography credentials in 2022.

One of the biggest rumours going around about the iPhone 14 is that the device is that the rear camera on Apple's fresh flock of flagship devices will feature a larger 48MP camera sensor, plus a larger camera bump on the back to accommodate this upgrade.

More than just more megapixels though, the iPhone 14 is also said to support 8K video capture. This would be a first for an iPhone, though Android brands like Samsung have supported this recording format for several years now.

Similar, there's also been some suggestion and speculation that this year's iPhone 14 Pro could feature a periscope lens akin to the one powering Samsung's Space Zoom feature, most recently seen on the Galaxy S22 Ultra. However, we're less confident about this rumour than the others.

iPhone 14 colours

Green iPhone 13

When it comes to the colour options for the upcoming iPhone 14, it's better to be safe than sorry. The expectation here is that, with a few exceptions, the iPhone 14 will be available at launch in the same colour options as the current iPhone 13.

Currently, that list includes the following:

  • Starlight
  • Blue
  • Pink
  • Green
  • Midnight
  • PRODUCT (RED)

iPhone 14 models: What to expect

While this year's flagship iPhone range is expected to feature four discrete models, the breakdown of that lineup is likely to be a little different to that of previous years.

Unlike the last two generations of iPhone, the early word suggests that the iPhone 14 will not arrive in a Mini size. Instead, the standard iPhone 14 will represent the bottom end of the lineup and a new iPhone 14 Max will sit between it and the iPhone 14 Pro.

All told, the four-model line-up is as follows:

  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Max
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max

iPhone 14 battery life: What to expect

Those expecting the iPhone 14 to come with a big bump in battery life over the iPhone 13 may want to keep their expectations in check.

While some leaks have suggested that Apple are looking to tinker with the size of the batteries inside this year's iPhones, these read more like adjustments than significant advantages.

According to one leak (via ShrimpApplePro), the size of the batteries inside the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are as follows:

  • iPhone 14 - 3279mAh
  • iPhone 14 Max - 4325mAh
  • iPhone 14 Pro - 3200mAh
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max - 4323mAh

If the above information is accurate, this suggests that the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Pro will have slightly larger batteries than their 2021 counterparts. On the other hand, the top-of-the-line iPhone 14 Pro Max has a slightly smaller battery than the one seen inside the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

iPhone 14 processor and tech specs: What to expect

Apple typically introduces its next generation of processor with each new iPhone, and we don't expect that to change in 2022.

Where last year's iPhone 13 came with the A15 Bionic, the A16 (or its equivalent, should Apple choose to change up the new name) is expected to be the engine powering this year's iPhone 14.

Beyond the processor, rumours have also suggested that this year's iPhone 14 could be the first iPhone to launch with up to 2TB of onboard storage. However, whether that rumour is realised or even restricted to the Pro models remains to be seen.

When it comes to RAM, one report from TrendForce has suggested that this year's iPhone lineup will represent a clear upgrade from last year's model.

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini came with just 4GB of RAM, while the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max had an extra 2GB of memory. In contrast, this year's iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are all expected to come kitted out with 6GB of RAM.

iPhone 14 price: How much will the new iPhone cost in Australia?

Australian pricing for the iPhone 14 won't be known until the device is formally announced. That said, it's likely that it won't drift too far from the launch pricing of last year's iPhone 13 range.

For reference, here’s a breakdown of what the iPhone 13 lineup’s price looks like in Australia.

Model
128GB
256GB
512GB
1TB
iPhone 13 mini$1,199$1,369$1,719N/A
iPhone 13$1,349$1,519$1,869N/A
iPhone 13 Pro$1,699$1,869$2,219$2,569
iPhone 13 Pro Max$1,849$2,019$2,369$2,719

iPhone 14 plans: What to expect?

As with previous generations of iPhone, a postpaid plan via one of Australia's mobile providers is going to be a more flexible and reasonable way for many consumers who want to get their hands on the new iPhone 14 without dropping the serious cash that Apple's latest flagship is certain to demand.

Right now though, we don't know for sure just how much the iPhone 14 will cost on a plan in Australia until the formal reveal of the new smartphone. Fortunately, in the interim, the current cost of an iPhone 13 on a plan can act as a good indicator of what to expect.

For instance, if you're looking to pick up a new iPhone 13 through Telstra, the cheapest way to do so is going to be by pairing up the 128GB model with Telstra's $58 Basic Upfront Mobile Plan. This works out to be $95.47/month over 36 months, with device repayments making up $37.47 of that sum.

In contrast, getting an iPhone 13 with 128GB of storage on a 36-month plan is a little cheaper through Optus. Going with Optus' $45 Choice Plus Plan here means paying $82.46/month.

Going with Vodafone gets you an iPhone 13 for even less. A 128GB iPhone 13 paired up with Vodafone's $40 Lite plan will run you just $66.35/month for 36 months.

The exact device repayments costs across all three of Australia's 'big three' mobile providers are almost identical in most cases. Assuming that neither Vodafone, Telstra or Optus radically shake up their offerings prior to the reveal of the iPhone 14 in September, then it's probably safe to assume that a similar distribution of pricing will be in place for the iPhone 14.

With that in mind, those who want their iPhone 14 of choice on the cheapest possible plan are likely going to be best served with Vodafone. Meanwhile, those who want their iPhone 14 to run on Australia's best and fastest mobile network are naturally going to gravitate towards Telstra.

If you think you fall somewhere between those two extremes, or would rather a little more value on your plan when it comes to the number of gigabytes of data you get per dollar, then Optus might be your best bet. Check out the widget below for a round-up of popular Optus plans.

Fergus Halliday
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Fergus Halliday
Fergus Halliday is a Digital Content Editor for Reviews.org who specialises in technology, entertainment, gaming and pop culture. His work has been published in Gizmodo, Kotaku, Press Start Australia, The AU Review, Screen Rant, Superjump and more. You can follow him on Twitter.

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