The iPhone 14 release date is fast approaching. We’re expecting four new iPhone 14 models this year, and they’ll likely be available for pre-order in just a few months. Head below for details on everything we know about the release date, potential for delays, and more.
iPhone timelines over the years
While the first models were usually unveiled in the first half of the year, Apple has since moved to a consistent schedule of announcing and releasing new iPhone models in September. Here is a brief timeline of the last few years of iPhone releases:
- iPhone 13: September 23, 2021
- iPhone 12: October 23, 2020
- iPhone 11: September 20, 2019
- iPhone XS: September 21, 2018
- iPhone X: November 3, 2017
- iPhone 8: September 22, 2017
- iPhone 7: September 16, 2016
As you can see, the iPhone release schedule has become relatively consistent, but with two major exceptions. The iPhone 12 series was delayed for a month due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The iPhone X was announced in September, but was not released until November. As you may recall, the iPhone X featured an all-new design and was the first iPhone with Face ID.
iPhone 14 Release Date Information
The iPhone 14 lineup is expected to bring camera upgrades, a redesign for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, and more. For example, the Pro models should feature a perforation + a pill-shaped cutout. The front camera is expected to be updated, a new purple color could be offered, and there are rumors of an always-on display.
This year, everything points to the iPhone 14 being on track for a September announcement and release. This includes iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. This is the whole range of new iPhone models that we expect this year.
If history is any indication, Apple typically holds its annual special event to announce new iPhone models on the first or second Tuesday in September. This year it would be September 6 or 13. Since Labor Day is September 5 in the United States, the most likely date for a commencement speech this year is September 13.
That said, we still cannot entirely rule out the possibility of delays. As we’ve discussed many times, a host of issues are affecting the supply chain right now, from shortages to shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
So far, we’ve only seen one report that the iPhone 14 is facing production delays. And even that report said the lags affected the iPhone 14 Max, not the other three modes. Ming-Chi Kuo said the iPhone 14 lineup is still on track for a September launch and release. He noted, however, that the iPhone 14 Max was “falling behind” but the situation was “under control”.
Apple, however, will always prioritize iPhone production over its other products. The iPhone is the company’s most important product, generates the most revenue and is what Wall Street investors are most concerned about. If more supply chain issues surface, we’d likely see more products delayed before the iPhone 14 gets delayed.
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