The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are still a few months away at the time of writing, likely to be launched in September, and the wait is long as leaks and rumors suggest there is a lot to look forward to.
This looks like it’s going to be an odd year for the iPhone, with Pro models getting more upgrades than usual, while the standard iPhone 14 might barely be an upgrade over the iPhone 13.
So it’s the Pro models we’re looking at here, and we’ve broken down the best upgrades we’ve heard so far. None of these things have been confirmed yet, but they all seem quite likely right now.
1. No more cracks
Perhaps the biggest change for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max is that Apple is getting rid of the notch.
This is something we’ve been wanting for years, primarily since the notch first appeared on the iPhone X, and it seems very likely that this will be the year it is removed, as several leaks suggest.
The Apple alternative may not please everyone, as it seems that the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will instead have two holes in the screen. One small hole and another larger one.
This is an imperfect solution and will mean that the screen remains more choppy than most Android phones, but it’s probably necessary for Apple to accommodate all the components of Face ID.
2. 48MP camera
Apple doesn’t upgrade the cameras on its phones every year, at least not in any significant way, but this year we could have big changes, with rumors pointing to a 48MP main sensor instead of the 12MP sensor used in the iPhone 13 line.
This could mean a huge upgrade to the already impressive imaging prowess of Apple’s top iPhones, and it would also allow for 8K video recording — above 4K on current models.
It remains to be seen how much of a difference this lens change – if it happens – will actually make, but we expect a significant improvement.
3. More power
This is perhaps the most obvious and expected upgrade, but the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max will almost certainly be more powerful than the iPhone 13 Pro line, thanks to the new A16 Bionic chipset.
There is a possibility that these phones will also get a RAM boost, going from 6GB to 8GB, although only one source mentioned it, with most of them disagreeing.
The standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max may stick with the current chipsets, so while the new chipset isn’t the most exciting or unexpected upgrade, you may need to buy a Pro model to get it this year.
4. Permanent display
Many Android phones offer always-on displays, and this feature — which can display time and notification icons even when the screen is off — could come to the iPhone 14 Pro line as well.
This is according to a reputable source, who claims that the feature may be enabled as part of iOS 16, but perhaps only for phones that can lower the refresh rate to 1 Hz. No current iPhone has this battery-saving feature, but it looks like the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max will, allowing them to also benefit from an always-on display.
5. Bigger battery
We’ve always hoped for bigger batteries in phones – or at least somehow better battery life – and the iPhone 14 Pro line seems to deliver, as one source claims the batteries will be even bigger this year.
How unsure we are, but the iPhone 13 Pro Max already has an impressive battery life, so the stamina could be a real highlight this year if it gets better.