Apple Event Rumors Live Blog – Late-Breaking iPhone 14, Apple Watch 8 and AirPods Pro 2 Leaks
Based on the rumored iPhone 14 Pro specs, it looks like the next-gen iPhone to get – the only question being whether 6.1-inches is enough or you want a bigger 6.7-inch screen inches.
However, we don’t think you should reject the standard iPhone 14 entirely.
As editor and phone expert Philip Michaels explains, “The importance of getting all the valuable things the iPhone 14 promises — great cameras, solid performance, stellar design — without having to pay more for privilege cannot be overstated, especially in a time when prices are exploding all around us.
“The iPhone 14 Pro may have some impressive upgrades, but in this environment, the attractive price of the iPhone 14 might end up being the most compelling feature of all.”
Speaking of options and specs, we’ve put together a specs chart for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max based on the rumors so far.
Except for the screen size and battery, the two phones look very similar. It’s the same as with the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, but unlike the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Maxwhich had different camera capabilities.
See the specification list below.
|iPhone 14 Pro||iPhone 14 Pro Max|
|Screen size||6.1 inches||6.7 inches|
|CPU||Apple A16 Bionic||Apple A16 Bionic|
|RAM||6 GB (LPDDR5)||6 GB (LPDDR5)|
|Storage||256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB||256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB|
|Cameras||48MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom||48MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom|
|Colors||Purple, green, silver and graphite||Purple, green, silver and graphite|
But one way for Apple to at least justify a price hike for the iPhone 14 Pro could be a new entry-level storage tier. According to some rumours, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro max will start at 256 GB of storage space rather than 128 GB.
However, this increase in iPhone 14 Pro storage was shot down in a report by Haitong International analyst Jeff Pu, who claims that Apple will keep the same storage as with the iPhone 13 Pro, which means stick to 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage options.
The camera upgrades are great, but one of the disturbing rumors circulating is that the iPhone 14 lineup will be more expensive than the iPhone 13 lineup, with the Pro phones expected to go up by $100.
But market intelligence firm TrendForce (opens in a new tab) predicted that the price hike won’t be too severe, with prices rising by $50 instead. Supposedly, this will be a way for Apple to be more careful with prices when global inflation rises. We don’t know how much we’re buying there, but we’d much rather there wasn’t a price hike at all, especially if the standard iPhone 14 doesn’t change much.
Justin! A new iPhone 14 Pro rumor. This time it’s an image of what’s claimed to be an iPhone 14 Pro case on an iPhone 14 Pro, the big plus being that the next-gen iPhone’s camera lenses could be significantly larger than those of current Pro phones.
What does this mean concretely? Much larger lenses can let in more light and that can mean more detail is captured by a phone’s cameras. With the iPhone 14 Pro already slated to get a 48MP main camera, letting in more light and also improving low-light photography, could see it top our best camera phone list; though we’ll have to put it through some testing before drawing any conclusions.
As for the Apple Watch 8 itself, we don’t expect to see a host of major changes, but a Pro model has been announced.
And from some allegedly leaked case photos, it looks like the Apple Watch 8 Pro will be a very rugged smartwatch that can withstand the elements and rigorous outdoor activities while offering access to a suite of watchOS 9 features. This will likely be thanks to extra buttons and a titanium build by default.
Moving away from iPhones, we expect to see at least two new Apple Watch models on Wednesday. But there is also the Apple Watch SE 2 which could make an appearance.
It would replace the Apple Watch SE, Apple’s cheapest smartwatch, but it could also spell the end of the Apple Watch 3, which is expected to be killed off this week.
If you’re wondering whether you should be ready to buy the iPhone 14 when it launches, or whether you should wait 12 months and get an iPhone 15, then phones writer Richard Priday has chewed up the iPhone 14 against the iPhone 15.
It looks like the iPhone 14 Pro will be the phone to get. But if you’re on an iPhone 13 Pro, you might want to consider waiting because the 2023 iPhone model could bring major changes, such as USB-C connectivity and a periscope camera.
One of the main iPhone 14 rumors is that the standard models will stick with the current A15 processor, but the Pro models will get a new A16 Bionic chip.
However, now we’ve heard a new variation on this theme, which is that the A15 chip in the iPhone 14 will be an upgraded version.
This is according to the Wall Street Journal (opens in a new tab), citing “people familiar with the plans”. There’s no indication how the A15 will be improved, but we assume it would deliver slightly better performance than the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, which offered an extra GPU core over the iPhone. A15 used in base iPhone. 13 and iPhone 13 mini.
The dual-chip approach is one we’ve heard a lot about already. For example, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman also advised the standard iPhone 14s to stick with the A15, while the Pro models get an upgrade.
On the one hand, that would be a disappointment – Apple almost always puts new chips in new phones. But on the other hand, you could say that the A15 Bionic is so powerful that having it in the iPhone 14 won’t be a bad thing anyway. And if the version of the A15 used is more powerful than that of the iPhone 13, there is even less reason to worry about it.
One of the latest rumors to surface ahead of the Apple event is about a battery boost for the iPhone 14 Pro line.
That’s according to well-connected Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, who writes in his Power On newsletter. (opens in a new tab) that “beyond the notch, I’m told to expect the iPhone 14 Pro models to appear slightly larger overall and include slimmer bezels. They will also have bigger batteries.
Thinner bezels are nice, but a battery boost could help the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro max earn a spot on our best phone battery life list, replacing the iPhone 13 respectively. Pro Max and the iPhone 13 Pro.
Hello and welcome to our Apple Event Rumors live blog. We’ll be updating this regularly over the next few days and shortly before the event itself, which is due to start at 1pm ET / 10am PT / 6pm BST tomorrow (September 7).
There’s certainly no shortage of late-breaking leaks and speculation surrounding the various devices set to launch tomorrow, so read on for our thoughts on each.