iPhone 14 — 8 last-minute rumors you should know about

The iPhone 14 is set to be unveiled on September 7 at Apple’s Far Out Eventand it promises to be the biggest iPhone launch in years.

We are talking about huge improvements for the iPhone 14 Pro series, a new rumor iPhone 14 Max model to replace the mini and more. And the leaks don’t stop just because the Apple event is less than a week away.

Here are five late-breaking iPhone 14 rumors you need to know about before Tim Cook takes the stage at Apple’s September 7 event.

1. The iPhone 14 Pro price hike looks real

The iPhone 14 Pro promises a ton of upgrades, including a new one 48MP cameraa permanent displayfaster A16 Bionic Chip, and abandoning the notch in favor of some cutouts. It could also start with 256 GB of storage.

But you should be prepared to pay more, says Wedbush analyst Dan Ives Apple will charge $100 more for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. So you should be looking at $1,100 to $1,200 for the new iPhones Pro. It’s new Macbook Air territory.

A leaker eyes1122 (opens in a new tab)on the Korean site Naver claims that the price of the iPhone 14 could go in a “completely different direction than expected” (opens in a new tab) but we don’t know what they mean by that.

2. Hands-on Photos of Phone 14 Pro and All Colors

A purported real image of the iPhone 14 Pro, in a user's hand

(Image credit: Sleepy Afternoon/Weibo)

As we get closer to any iPhone launch, you’ll see alleged dummy units appear in the wild, and that’s exactly what happened with the iPhone 14 Pro.

First, a leaker named Sleepy Afternoon posted a short hands-on video with an iPhone 14 Pro which shows a new purple color that changes in the light. Other colors that leak include silver, graphite, gold, and blue.

Ice Universe and other sources also show us what the notch death looks like. It would have been replaced by a punch hole for the camera and a pill-shaped cutout for Face ID technology. And the new cutout approach seems to leave more screen real estate. But there is news on the front of the notch…

3. iPhone 14 Pro notch replacement could be a pill-shaped cutout

Early iPhone 14 rumors said that the iPhone 14 Pro would have two cutouts towards the two of the screen. But now the supposed double cutouts of the iPhone 14 Pro would be replaced by a long pill-shaped design. So you could say that Apple is just moving the notch down.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman confirms this rumor by posting the following on Twitter (opens in a new tab): “True. It looks like a large pill-shaped cutout. Having that separation would feel odd during use.”

It gets more interesting. According to 9to5Mac (opens in a new tab), this new pill-shaped cutout hides a very practical feature. A “source with knowledge of Apple’s plans” says the space between the two cutouts will house two privacy LEDs: one for the microphone and one for the camera.

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4. iPhone 14 satellite connectivity could happen

If you’re in an area with no cellular coverage and need to send an emergency text, the new iPhones might let you do it with iPhone 14 support for satellite communication. The hardware side has reportedly already been tested, but analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple is in talks with carriers to strike a deal.

Bonus rumour: Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says satellite connectivity could be coming to the Apple Watch 8 Protoo.

5. Ultra wide camera upgrade

iPhone 14 Pro renders

(Image credit: Madmix)

The iPhone 14 Pro is already tipped for a big upgrade to its main camera, going from 12MP up to 48MP for the first time. Adding a larger sensor could also mean 8K video support for Apple’s Pro phones.

Now, a last-minute prediction from Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple will update the Ultra-wide camera iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max with a larger sensor with larger pixels. The pixel size of this updated sensor is said to be 1.4 micrometers, a nice boost over the 1.0 micrometer pixels of the iPhone 13 Pro. This should allow the iPhone 14 Pros to capture more light, especially at night. And low-light photography is one area where Apple’s cameras could improve.

6. iPhone 14 Pro 30W Charging Boost

Leaked from Twitter Duan Rui (opens in a new tab) indicates that the iPhone 14 Pro series is getting a new 30W charger using gallium nitride. The bottom line is that you would get a faster charge without having to worry about excess heat. The iPhone 13 the series did 20W charging which gets the phone through 51% capacity in 30 minutes – not terrible but needs an upgrade to compete with some of the fastest phones to charge

Apple already has a GaN charger in its range for the 16-inch MacBook Proso this upgraded charging rumor is quite believable.

7. The iPhone 14 Max is really the iPhone 14 Plus

We’ve heard this one before, but now there seems to be confirmation from a Twitter user (via 9to5 Mac (opens in a new tab)) that the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max will actually be called the iPhone 14 Plus.

Twitter user named @Tommyboiiiiii posted images of what appear to be iPhone 14 Plus cases, so this could be legit.

8. Could the iPhone 14 ditch the physical SIM card slot?

Leak Max Weinbach (opens in a new tab) says iPhone 14 will grow on eSIMs (opens in a new tab) or built-in SIM cards. “Apple has told carriers to be ready for the iPhone 14 series to be eSIM-only.” He goes on to say that he doesn’t know if the phones will actually have a SIM card slot, but that’s certainly what this rumor implies.

Our guess is that Apple might offer eSIM-only models in some regions, which was previously rumored, but we’ll have to wait and see.

iPhone 14 essentials

The more rumors surface, the more confident we are that the iPhone 14 Pro will be much better than the iPhone 14 this year. But maybe there are upgrades for the regular iPhone that we don’t know about yet.

Be sure to check out our iPhone 14 vs. iPhone 14 Pro preview the comparison for all the biggest expected differences and stay tuned for our live coverage of the Apple event as we bring you all the big news straight from Apple Park.

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