People who go shopping for the new iPhone 14 this year may be in for a rude awakening. And I’m not referring to the cost.
Apple is said to be dropping the small model from the iPhone 14 lineup entirely. Instead, a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max is expected to replace the 5.4-inch small. As a result, two iPhone 14 versions with 6.1-inch displays and two with 6.7-inch displays will be available.
But, based on the iPhone 14 rumors and leaks I’ve seen so far, this isn’t the most important news. The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, as expected, are expected to include 120Hz ProMotion screens, which may be exclusive to the Pro line. For a real optical zoom, the same thing will most likely apply to the telephoto lens.
But there are a lot more distinctions between the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Pro that we’ve heard about. And they have the potential to place the Pro in its own league, for better or worse.
iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro: No notch for Pro
The iPhone 14 Pro is expected to be the first phone to ditch the notch, but don’t expect it to look like the greatest Android phone. Instead, the notch will be replaced with two cutouts at the top of the display: a pill-shaped cutout for Face ID and a smaller punch-hole for the front camera, according to reports.
We’ve seen a lot of renderings and mockups of the iPhone 14 Pro, and it’s evident that some people aren’t fans of the twin punch-hole design. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max, on the other hand, are believed to keep the same notch as the iPhone 13 series.
iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro: USB-C for Pro only?
Here’s one iPhone rumor we’re hoping isn’t true. USB-C connection may be available on the iPhone 14 Pro. This would allow the iPhone 14 Pro to transport data quicker when working with external peripherals, which is vital for creative professionals, as well as probably faster charging.
The iPhone 13 currently supports 20W charging, however, Apple is said to be working on a 30W Gallium Nitride charger. It’s unclear if this will be reserved for the iPhone 14 Pro, which is expected to be released this year.
Apple has been in hot water with the European Union for not embracing USB-C in its phones for quite some time, but it’s possible that the corporation may preserve Lightning for the standard iPhone 14 and make USB-C a Pro-only feature.
iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro: A16 Bionic goes Pro
This is a rumor that we initially dismissed, but it may be true. According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s new A16 Bionic processor, which will purportedly employ a new 4nm technology, will be limited to the iPhone 14 Pro series.
The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max would both be powered by the existing A15 Bionic CPU, but with extra RAM, perhaps ranging from 4GB to 6GB. The iPhone 14 Pro would have the same amount of RAM as the iPhone 14 but would employ the more sophisticated LPDDR 5 memory, which would “be up to 1.5 times quicker and up to 30% more power-efficient.”
To be honest, the iPhone 13 benchmarks reveal that Apple has had and will continue to have the quickest processor in a phone for some time. However, the iPhone 14 Pro series may see a significant performance improvement.
iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro: 48MP camera?
This rumor looks to be in limbo, although prior rumors have suggested that Apple might replace the iPhone 14 Pro’s 12MP primary camera with a crisper 48MP sensor. The image quality on the iPhone 13 Pro is already excellent, but giving customers additional megapixels to work with would give them more cropping options.
The 48MP camera rumor for the iPhone 14 Pro has been debunked by a Weibo leaker, who claims that the iPhone 14 Pro would employ the same IMX703 sensors as the iPhone 13 Pro models. So, a 12-megapixel camera with a 1/1.67-inch sensor and 1.9 megapixels. We’ll have to wait and see how the rumors develop, but for now, a crisper Pro camera is only a possibility.
Apple is said to be working on a periscope zoom for the iPhone, but it won’t be released until 2023.
iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro: All the other differences
If Apple maintains the current iPhone normal vs. Pro distinctions, the iPhone 14 Pro series will continue to be the only iPhone with a 120Hz ProMotion display, which allows for speedier scrolling and animations. In addition, we expect the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max to include 3x optical zoom, although the normal iPhone 14 series will only have digital zoom.
Last but not least, the iPhone 14 Pro series might have up to 2TB of storage, which may sound excessive for a smartphone.
iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro: Bottom line
When you think about it, Apple really has to persuade customers that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro are worth the extra money, especially if a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max is on the way. “Why do I need a Pro when the iPhone 14 Max is good enough?” I can picture a lot of would-be upgraders saying.
Only the iPhone 14 Pros can counter with a strong processor, a full-screen design without a notch, USB-C charging, and (maybe) a better camera and more storage. On top of that, there’s the ProMotion display and the telephoto zoom. In other words, the new iPhone 14 Pros may have a Pro-like feel to them.