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New Apple Leak Reveals Surprise iPhone 14 Release

06/07 Update below. This article was originally published on June 4

Recent iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro leaks have revealed two very different iPhones, with Apple determined to widen the gap between Pro and non-Pro models. The news has mixed opinions and now different information regarding their publication has done the same.

In recent weeks, there have been conflicting reports that there will be no delay in the release of some iPhone 14 models. And now one of the industry’s most respected insiders has twisted the picture even further. .

Update 6/6: Ahead of Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman used his To light up newsletter to confirm that next-gen versions of all the company’s major platforms will be announced:

“What will definitely be at the conference are significant updates to the company’s major operating systems: iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS and macOS. This year’s event is expected to usher in a range of new features wider than usual,” he explains. .

Gurman states that new material will follow and “new [MacBook] Air will be the device’s biggest overhaul in over a decade.” The potential launch of ‘realityOS’, a platform for Apple’s next VR headset, is also being mooted but much less certain.

However, iOS 16 is central to Apple’s iPhone plans and Gurman says a central feature of the release will be an always-on display. The interesting thing about it, however, is that Gurman claims it will be exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models “if the feature ends up making the cut”.

Always-on displays have been a staple of even mid-range Android phones for years, so seeing Apple limiting this to its latest flagship models would be another example of how the company is determined to widen the gap. between Pro and non-Pro models. Whether this strategy will be successful or inspire fans to react remains to be seen.

Update 06/07 : As expected, Apple officially unveiled iOS 16 yesterday at WWDC and it got the talk of the iPhone 14. As Apple announced a long list of new features coming for the new version generation, including a revamped lock screen with widgets and multiple pages, an improved notification system and revisions to iMessage (edit/recall messages), Apple Pay, voice dictation and a newly designed Safety Check security feature to protect people in abusive relationships – the highly disclosed Always-on display was missing.

This has two clear implications. First, as Gurman warned, the feature may not have made it into the final version of iOS 16. Second, the feature is hidden until the launch of the iPhone 14 lineup in September. The problem with the latter is that it would mean the feature is exclusive, with the company’s current iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max models excluded.

And that hardly makes sense. To start, leak report the A16 chip is a relatively minor upgrade from the A15, while the main requirement for always-on displays are panels that can handle variable refresh rates to save battery life. The iPhone 13 line already has this technology and pairs it with the most power-efficient smartphone chipset available.

As such, my feeling is that this should serve as a red flag for wannabes to upgrade from the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max. Always-on displays have been a staple of Android for years without the high-end hardware of current flagship iPhones, but it looks like Apple is already starting to reserve important features (rightly or not) for its iPhone models. new generation. I’ll come back to this if Always-on in iOS 16 gets an official announcement as beta testing progresses, but I think we just got our first big hint as Apple steps up an aggressive strategy to secure its models of iPhone 14 Pro. stand out from the crowd.

In a series of tweetsTF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo disputed a recent ET News report that said supply issues forced Apple to prematurely install a front-facing camera module intended for the iPhone 15 a year earlier at great expense.

“This report is not entirely consistent with my understanding,” Kuo says. “1. If LG Innotek becomes the iPhone 14 front camera supplier at 2Q22, it would be almost impossible to catch up with the iPhone 14 development schedule of 2Q22. 2. I think Apple had already chosen LG Innotek and Cowell as iPhone 14 front camera suppliers in 4Q21 at the latest.”

This matches Kuo’s earlier claims that global iPhone 14 production is “under control right now.” That said, Nikkei Asia and Haitong International Securities analyst Jeff Pu estimate that iPhone 14 Max shipments are delayed by almost a month.

Similarly, Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) and one of the industry’s most accurate insiders, countered that “iPhone 14 Max panel shipments have always been late.” Therefore, Apple could be heading towards its second separate version of the iPhone in the past five years (iPhone 12/iPhone 12 Mini), which in turn was only the second in iPhone history ( iPhone 8/iPhone X).

It’s a surprise to see insiders split up like this, because historically leaks around iPhone releases have been pretty constant. This tends to be down to the way iPhones are mass-produced globally, with even Apple’s secret expertise unable to stem the tide of leaks as production ramps up.

Split version or not, probably the most controversial aspect of the iPhone 14 launch will 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 all three. departments and a corresponding price increase.

It remains to be seen how iPhone fans react to Apple’s aggressive attempt to bring buyers these more expensive models.

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