iPhone 14 Pro — everything we know so far, All the iPhone 14 Pro rumors and leaks in one place

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Update: Our Apple event live blog is up and running with all the last-minute iPhone 14 Pro rumors and latest news.

The iPhone 14 Pro is set to launch today at the Apple event, and it could be the phone that really shakes up the iPhone range by bringing in a notably different design from the iPhone 13 Pro. In fact, we could see the most upgrades in years.

Apple's iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max face of stiff competition from the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and the Google Pixel 7, and it looks like Apple will need to bring its A-game. And Apple appears to be doing just that, with a rumored new 48MP main camera, an always-on display, and a powerful new A16 Bionic chip that the regular iPhone 14 may not get.
The notch that sets the iPhone apart could also be going away on the Pro models. Overall, the iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro differences could be the biggest we've ever seen.

Here's what we know so far about the iPhone 14 Pro.
iPhone 14 Pro latest rumors (Updated September 7)
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Considering whether you should upgrade to the new iPhone? Our iPhone 14 upgrade guide is here to give you some advice.

iPhone 14 Pro rumored release date​

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Everyone expects an early September launch for the iPhone 14 lineup, and Apple's making that seem very likely with the announced September 7 date for the Apple September event. With the event titled to be "Far Out" which we've chewed over what that could mean for the iPhone 14.

As for when the phones could go on sale, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman points to September 16. Not only is that in line with past gaps between iPhone events and product launches, Apple retail employees have reportedly been told to prep for a big release on that date.

If the most recent report is accurate, iPhone 14 preorders(opens in new tab) would start September 9, which would be just two days after the anticipated September 7 Apple event.

iPhone 14 Pro rumored price
Unfortunately, a recent clutch of rumors and tips have the iPhone 14 Pro set to get a $100 price hike. As such, the iPhone 14 Pro might hit $1,099 and the iPhone 14 Pro Max may hit $1,199.

Some tech tipsters reckon Apple will equip the iPhone 14 Pro with a starting storage of 256GB, rather than 128GB. But this iPhone 14 Pro storage boost has been shot down in a report from Haitong International analyst Jeff Pu, who claims that Apple will be keeping storage the same as it was with the iPhone 13 Pro, which means sticking with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage options.

So will Apple be able to justify this $100 price hike for the iPhone 14 Pro models? Well we've chewed over what Apple is likely to do to ensure the iPhone 14 Pro offers good value for more money.

One thing to bear in mind is that while the iPhone 14 Pro models could be rather pricey, there's likely to be a way to get a larger-screened iPhone without splashing the cash: the iPhone 14 Max.

However, according to one tech tipster Apple may not make as many iPhone 14 Max units compared other next-gen iPhones, suggesting it may be testing the waters with a larger screened standard iPhone. One of our editors argues that the iPhone 14 Max may be worth skipping(opens in new tab) in favor of the iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Alternatively, we may even see a price decrease (or at least no increase) for the iPhone 14, as leaker yeux1122 claims. This seems unlikely given the weight of all the other rumors but we're quite willing to be proved wrong if it means cheaper iPhones.

If you can't wait and need a new iPhone now, then we suggest the iPhone 13 Pro is the Apple smartphone to get, especially as it's set to have the same chipset as the standard iPhone 14.

iPhone 14 Pro rumored specs​

iPhone 14 ProiPhone 14 Pro Max
Screen size6.1-inches6.7-inches
Refresh rate1-120Hz1-120Hz
CPUApple A16 BionicApple A16 Bionic
RAM6GB (LPDDR5)6GB (LPDDR5)
Storage256GB, 512GB, 1TB256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Cameras48MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom48MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom
Battery size3,200mAh4,352mAh
ColorsPurple, green, silver and graphitePurple, green, silver and graphite

iPhone 14 Pro design​

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Tipster Jon Prosser has showcased a suite of renders supposedly based on leaked information, which reveal possible big changes for the iPhone 14 Pro.

Prosser's renders show a trio of cameras flush with the iPhone 14 Pro's back. But if that sounds nice, you might be disappointed by some rival schematics that show the iPhone 14 Pro models looking a lot like their iPhone 13 counterparts. The raised camera array is back, and even bigger on the iPhone 14 Pro; the new phones are also rumored to be 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max

Other reports also have the rear camera module tipped to get bigger. The reason for this according to reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is that a larger module is needed to house a 48MP camera. As a result, another leak claims the corners of the iPhone 14 Pro (but not the Pro Max) will be getting rounder to better match the curved corners of the new module.
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Perhaps the most notable rumored design change for the iPhone 14 Pro is the removal of the now infamous display notch. Display analyst Ross Young expects Apple to offer a pill-shaped cutout for Face ID along with a punch hole, so there would be two cutouts.

These rumors were given more credence with what appears to be a leaked supply chain photo showing off the display panels for all four iPhone 14 models. A new patent filed by Apple shows how the company plans to pull off a no-notch display on the iPhone 14 Pro.

But this could all be proven to be wrong, well sort of. A new suite of claimed leaks now has the iPhone 14 Pro set to get a single pill-shaped display cutout, with one tipster claiming that the space between the two camera modules will have LEDs to alert you to when your camera or microphone is on.
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This would not only look better than dual cutouts, but would also make a lot of sense from an Apple design point of view, as the dual cutout asymmetry never felt like an aesthetic Apple would go for. And this new rumored notch replacement is good news in our eyes.

For a more detailed look at the notch design changes, check out our rundown of what to expect from the iPhone 14 notch.
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Furthermore, a claimed case leak shows four iPhone 14 models; the standard iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus/Max, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Not only is an iPhone 14 mini conspicuously absent, but it also shows how the iPhone 14 Pro will be basically the same size as the standard iPhone 14, which we'd expect given it's the same story for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro.

But the iPhone 14 Pro Max will be joined by a larger Apple smartphone in the form of the iPhone 14 Plus/Max. Aside from that, the rears of all four phones look set to be similar to their predecessors, with the Pro modes sporting a trio of rear cameras and the standard phones sticking with two snappers.
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There were some early rumors that Touch ID could make a return in the form of an under-display fingerprint scanner. However, the jury is still out on how likely this is. Analyst Ming Chi-Kuo reckons that there won't be an iPhone with Touch ID, or under-display Face ID, for another few years.

But with iOS 15.4, Apple has made it so that Face ID can recognize a legitimate user even when they are wearing a mask. it works remarkably well, meaning Apple may have bypassed the need for fingerprint-centric biometrics.

One small but significant potential detail is that the iPhone 14 Pro may come in eSIM-only models. This would mean no room for your current physical SIM card, although the rumors say there will still be iPhone 14s with a SIM tray available too.

iPhone 14 Pro colors​

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More leaks are starting to spring up about the color options for the iPhone 14 Pro. A Chinese leaker claimed that alongside the familiar Graphite, Silver and Gold Pro iPhone colors, the new option for this year would be a dark purple.

A new leak reportedly showing of real-life images of an iPhone 14 Pro, or at least a dummy unit of it, gave us another look at the purple color, as well as a new blue hue that's decidedly darker than previous shades used in older iPhones.

iPhone 14 Pro USB-C​

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Early iPhone 14 rumors suggested Apple would finally go the USB-C port route with the iPhone 14 Pro, and that would make sense as many of its devices already have USB-C connectivity. However more recent rumors claim there Apple will stick with Lightning over USB-C but switch to updated Lightning ports with faster USB 3.0 data transfer. That comes as the EU moves closer to making USB-C the standard charger for portable devices like the phones.

For some people, USB-C on the iPhone 14 Pro would be a must-have feature. In fact, the Lightning connector is arguably the worst thing about the iPhone , as it can wear out over time. This can make it very difficult to charge your phone. Unfortunately, Apple is unlikely to abandon Lightning unless it has to, given how established the standard, and its ecosystem of accessories already is.

Meanwhile Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will switch the iPhone to USB-C, but not until late 2023. If he's correct — a report in Bloomberg suggests that he is — it means we won't be seeing an official USB-C iPhone until the iPhone 15 arrives.

iPhone 14 Pro display and always-on display feature​

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One of the biggest upgrades of the iPhone 13 Pro delivered was a 120Hz dynamic refresh rate display. Thanks to the use of an LTPO panel, the screen could go from 120Hz to as little as 10Hz when a fast refresh rate was needed, and thus that helped save on battery life.

According to some rumors, the iPhone 14 Pro could build upon this and scale down to as little as 1Hz, reducing the power drain of a display. And this could enable the reported use of an always-on display. Long rumored to be an upcoming feature for next-gen iPhones, multiple tipster have claimed the iPhone 14 Pro will finally get an always-on display and it'll be used to show "weather, calendars, stocks, activities and other data" on the lock screen, with the a low refresh rate helping preserve battery life. Leaker @Jioriku compares the AOD feature on the iPhone 14 Pro Max to the Apple Watch's Nightstand mode.

The revamped iOS 16 lock screen previewed by Apple in June seems to set the stage for this feature, with new findings within iOS 16 and in Apple's Xcode developer software indicating the whole lock screen will appear on the AOD, not just regular widgets, but in a silhouetted form to conserve power.

Pulling all of this together, graphic designer AR7(opens in new tab) has created a set of concept images showing how the iPhone 14 Pro could look with an always-on display.

A last minute leak has revealed what the always-on display on the iPhone 14 Pro could look like. Days before the iPhone 14 launch event, MacRumors(opens in new tab) has reported that the always-on display could have most lock screen elements. The iOS 16 lock screen will probably work in tandem with the always-on display on the phone. And how the refreshed display will work is — the background of the main lockscreen wallpaper will be darkened, leaving a colored foreground with the time and other “feature edge highlights depending on user customization.”

A lot of different widgets and customizations of font, color and placement will apparently be made possible with the new iOS. This ties in with the always-on display features that are tipped to feature widgets that will be visible “but will fade in and out at set intervals, unnoticeable to the user, to prevent OLED burn-in” on the Pro models.

Notifications will apparently roll in from the bottom of the screen one at a time and be visible for 10 seconds.
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In contrast, the standard iPhone 14 models are now tipped to get a 90Hz display, which would be an upgrade over the 60Hz of the iPhone 13 but not quite up there with the Pro phones.

As for screen sizes, according to Ross Young, the iPhone 14 Pro could increase in size from 6.06 inches to 6.12 inches, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max from 6.68 to 6.69 inches. This will apparently be because of rumored slimmer bezels and new notch design.

Finally, a report from The Elec suggests that iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will see an upgrade for their OLED display quality. The report says that Samsung Display will use its older M11 series of OLED displays for the 6.1-inch iPhone 14 and the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max/Plus. The newer generation M12 series displays will be reserved solely for the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max. This may not be a huge difference, but it's still a disappointment.

iPhone 14 Pro cameras​

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Don’t expect a big change in the number of cameras the iPhone 14 Pro will bring, as the Pro phones are tipped to stick with the standard combo of a main, ultrawide and telephoto array. Given how Apple phones regularly feature in our best camera phones lineup, that's no bad thing.

But one leak has the iPhone 14 Pro tipped to get a 48MP main camera, which could finally make a change from the 12MP cameras Apple has used for years. While Cupertino’s computational photography is some of the best around, having more megapixels to play with would likely give the iPhone 14 Pro more scope when it comes to processing light and details; we could be at a time where megapixels matter once more to Apple.

The latest leak on the new model's camera does indeed reiterate that it will have a 48MP main sensor, but surprisingly claims that the it might not be as good as the iPhone 13 Pro in some conditions.

We'll admit to being rather skeptical about this one, but tipster @LeaksApplePro claims to have spoken to a source who has used the iPhone 14 Pro, and they report that that in low light there is "a substantial amount of noise.” If true, that would suggest that the iPhone 14 Pro would have a camera downgrade — something that just doesn't seem likely to us.

The ultrawide camera for the iPhone 14 Pro has also been tipped to get an upgrade with an updated sensor reportedly coming in at be 1.4 micrometers, a nice boost from the iPhone 13 Pro's 1.0-micrometer pixels.

Larger pixels are better at capturing light making for sensor that's more effective when things get dark. And given Apple's event is named "Far Out" and seems to have a space theme, maybe we'll see Apple touting the new ultrawide camera's ability to take great astrophotography and night shots.

There’s the possibility of the Pro model's telephoto camera to get a zoom boost, as an Apple patent points toward the company working on a periscope-style zoom camera. But to muddy the waters, Kuo claims the periscope camera won't appear until the iPhone 15 in 2023.

Kuo claims all models of the iPhone 14 will get an upgraded front-facing camera. It's looking like this will involve a new wider aperture, a more complex 6-part lens and the addition of autofocus for the first time. Together, this should allow the iPhone's selfie snapper to take brighter photos that are easier to shoot thanks to the autofocus, and that will be less prone to distortion.

Kuo also recently reported that Apple has changed lens suppliers due to the current one suffering from quality issues with "coating-crack." Apple has allegedly moved its order of 10 million units to a new supplier, Largan.

For more, see our our iPhone 14 camera(opens in new tab) roundup for all the biggest rumored upgrades.

iPhone 14 Pro chipset and battery life​

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Following on from the A15 Bionic, we'd expect to see an A16 Bionic chip in the iPhone 14 Pro series, with improved performance across the board according to alleged benchmarks.

However, a suite of rumors thus far tip the iPhone 14 to stick with the A15 Bionic chip, which would create a disparity between the standard iPhone and the Pro versions. This would be a first for Apple, as it has always equipped new iPhones with upgraded silicon, and it may not be the last given what we're hearing about the iPhone 15.

That may be no bad thing the A15 Bionic is still a very powerful chip and more than enough for pretty much any smartphone task. So we've chewed over what the A16 could bring to the table to warrant buying an iPhone 14 Pro over the standard iPhone 14.

For memory, there are claims that the iPhone 14 Pro will get 6GB of LPDDR5 RAM while the regular iPhone 14 could also get 6GB but remain at the older and slower LPDDR4X. LPDDR5 is the latest tech when it comes to mobile phone RAM, so it should make the iPhone 14 Pro fly when paired with the A16 Bionic.

Apple's likely to offer 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB for all the new iPhones, plus a 1TB option for the Pro models again. There have been claims that the Pro models would start at 256GB storage, but that seems an unlikely act of generosity from Apple to us.

Mark Gurman has backed up claims of boosted battery life for the iPhone 14 Pro models.

But despite claims that the battery capacities of the iPhone 14 family will increase other than the iPhone 14 Pro Max, Gurman makes no mention of improved battery capacities for the standard iPhone 14 models, though they could have a battery life improvement with a boost in software and operation efficiency. Another rumor points to 30W charging coming to the iPhone 14 Pro, while the regular model continues to charge at 20W

We’d be confident that the iPhone 14 Pro will match or exceed the 11 hours and 42 minutes the iPhone 13 Pro did in our battery test, which forces the phone to endlessly reload web pages on a cellular connection until it dies. The iPhone 13 Pro Max managed a lengthy 12 hours and 16 minutes, so we’d expect the iPhone 14 Pro Max to do the same or better as Apple boost chip and phone efficiency.

With all this discussion around battery life and charging, we've chewed over how long we thing the next iPhones will last. We're hoping for not only a longer battery life but notably faster charging, even if it just comes to the iPhone 14 Pro.

As for 5G, we're expecting the iPhone 14 Pro to use a new smaller 5G modem chip. The smaller size should mean it takes less power to run, and that there could be extra room for the battery to expand into. That would mean the already impressive battery life of the iPhone 13 can be improved upon even more.

In addition to its cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity, the iPhone 14 Pro could also gain the ability to connect to satellite networks. That's a feature that first emerged in the build-up to last year's iPhone 13 launch; while the capability didn't arrive in time for those phones, reliable tipsters say emergency satellite communications are a possibility for the iPhone 14 models. The idea is that when you're in an area without good cellular or Wi-Fi connectivity, you can send text messages to emergency services over satellite networks, alerting them to your location.

iPhone 14 Pro outlook​

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The iPhone 14 Pro could be the phone many of us have been waiting for, with the Pro models tipped to offer a real evolution of the iPhones we’ve seen over the past few years. Sure, it’s not going to be unrecognizable from the iPhone 13 and iPhone 12, but we suspect this upcoming generation of iPhone will introduce a design language and capabilities that will set the stage for other iPhones to follow.

No notch, an always-on display, a bigger megapixel count for the main camera, and potentially a USB-C port, could really shake up the iPhone as we know it. And that would in turn have the effect of setting the standard for other smartphones to follow if they wish to win a spot on our best phones list.
 
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