So far, the iPhone 14 rumors we’ve heard have been surprisingly in sync, with very little disagreement about what will happen to Apple’s next flagship.
In terms of headlines, we expect the iPhone 13 mini to be replaced by an iPhone 14 Max, while the iPhone 14 Pro versions will likely get a new chunky 48MP camera, and may also drop the iPhone 14 Pro. divider notch for something that could prove even more divisive.
But despite these differences, the design looks quite similar in the unofficial renders we’ve seen, which is why the dummy units offer a useful comparison. And here iUpdate (opens in a new tab) chimed in with a new video, helpfully comparing very realistic iPhone 14 models to what’s currently on offer.
Based on this video, the standard iPhone 14 will look virtually identical to the standard iPhone 13, while the iPhone 14 Max will look like a larger version of it, with no design innovation beyond its push. of growth.
Still, presenter Sam Kohl is pretty clear that he thinks the latter will be the big seller this year: “It’s going to be by far the most popular model,” he says. “Just feeling that and seeing the dual cameras on the back feels good,” he adds.
But it’s the Pro models that hint at the biggest change this year. Just look at the difference between the camera bump on last year’s iPhone 13 Pro (left) and the dummy 14 Pro (right):
“It’s really only when you see them side by side that you’re like ‘oh, it’s not just a camera bump, it’s a camera bump,'” Kohl exclaims. But it’s there for a reason: a boost to 48MP which should comfortably deliver the best iPhone photography yet.
As for the notch, you better refer to the many iPhone 14 Pro renders that have been released, as these dummy units don’t actually have screens. But for his part, Kohl thinks buyers will be briefly shocked and get used to it within minutes.
Apple’s upsell bet
From these dummy units and everything we’ve heard so far, it really seems like 2022 is the year Apple starts to get serious about upselling.
The standard iPhone 14 – based at least on these dummy units – might seem indistinguishable from the iPhone 13, with the real innovation reserved for the Pro models. There is even a strong rumor that it will stick with the Apple A15 chip used last year.
It makes sense on one level: Apple needs to make the iPhone 14 Pro stand out if it wants more people to buy it. “Faster and with better cameras” are both desirable and easy to understand selling points. It will also help Apple’s most expensive phone compete with Samsung’s best – a battle we looked at in our iPhone 14 Pro Max vs. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra face-off.
But if the regular iPhone 14 looks like the iPhone 13 and even has the same built-in processor, then why wouldn’t I just buy last year’s model instead? That’s the question Apple needs to answer if it doesn’t want its generally reliable top seller to remain on store shelves when September rolls around.