06/06 update below. This post was originally published on June 4
The recent iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro leaks revealed two very different iPhones, with Apple determined to widen the gap between Pro and non-Pro models. The news divided opinions, and now various information regarding its release has led to the same thing.
In recent weeks, contradictory reports have claimed that there will/will not be a delay in the release of some iPhone 14 models. And now one of the most respected insiders has tweaked the image once again.
Update 06/06: Ahead of Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Bloomberg’s Mark Gorman used employment The newsletter confirms that next-generation releases will be announced for all major platforms of the company:
“What will definitely happen at the conference are important updates to the company’s core operating systems: iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS, macOS. This year’s event is likely to usher in a broader than usual range of new features,” he explains.
Gurman says new devices will follow and “the new [MacBook] The Air will be the biggest renewal of the device in more than a decade.” The potential launch of “Augmented Reality”, a platform for Apple’s upcoming VR headset, has also been discussed, but is less certain.
However, the centerpiece of Apple’s plans for the iPhone is iOS 16 and Gurman claims that the key element of the release will be an always-on display. However, the interesting aspect about this is that Gurman claims that it will be exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models “if this feature ends up being the case.”
Always-on screens have been a staple even in mid-range Android phones for years, so seeing Apple limit this to its latest flagship models will be another example of how the company is designed to widen the gap between pro and non-pro models. It remains to be seen if this strategy will prove successful or provoke a backlash from fans.
in Tweet threadTF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo disputed a recent ET News report that supply problems had forced Apple to prematurely install a front-facing camera module intended for the iPhone 15 early on at exorbitant cost.
“This report does not completely agree with my understanding,” Coe explains. “1. If LG Innotek becomes a front camera supplier for iPhone 14 in 2Q22, it will be almost impossible to keep up with the 2H22 development schedule for iPhone 14. 2. I think Apple has chosen LG Innotek and Cowell as front camera for iPhone 14 suppliers in 4Q21 at the latest .”
This is consistent with Kuo’s earlier claims that iPhone 14 production in general is “currently under control.” However, both Nikkei Asia and Haitong International Securities Analyst Jeff Boo believe that iPhone 14 Max supplies have been delayed by about a month.
Similarly, Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) and one of the industry’s most meticulous insiders, responded that “iPhone 14 Max panel shipments have always been behind.” Thus, Apple is probably heading for its second iPhone release in the past five years (iPhone 12 / iPhone 12 Mini), which in turn was only the second in the history of the iPhone (iPhone 8 / iPhone X).
It’s a surprise to see insiders split like this, because historical leaks about iPhone releases are fairly consistent. This is so inclined to the global way iPhones are mass-produced that even Apple’s secret expertise is unable to stem the flow of leaks as production ramps up.
Split version or not, the most divisive aspect of the iPhone 14 launch will likely be the phones themselves. While the standard iPhone 14 models will inherit the same design, chipset and rear cameras as the iPhone 13 lineup, the iPhone 14 Pro models will leap forward with upgrades in the three divisions and price increases to match.
It is not yet clear how iPhone fans will respond to Apple’s aggressive attempt to sell buyers these more expensive models.
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