Although the new iPhone 14 promises plenty of upgrades — including the new 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max to replace the mini — it looks like all eyes are on the iPhone 14 Pro series this year. This is because early reports and rumors point to a lot of key differences between the regular model and the Pro model.
In fact, if you look at the early iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro comparison that breaks down all the leaks so far, we might be looking at the biggest feature and power gap of all when it comes to two different sets of new iPhones.
We’re talking about everything from cameras and design to charging, screens, and overall performance. Here are the biggest iPhone 14 Pro upgrades rumored to date.
iPhone 14 Pro: No Notch (Finally)
Apple has used the same general design of the front end of the iPhone since the return of the iPhone X in 2017. And while the notch has served its purpose well – containing both the front camera and all the technology used in Face ID – it looks like it will cut out both the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max about the past.
Multiple reports indicate that the iPhone 14 Pro series will ditch the notch in favor of two smaller holes on the front of the display. There will be a hole for the selfie camera and a pill-shaped hole for the TrueDepth sensor. This design could potentially be more distracting than the single, but the incarnations we’ve seen don’t make it seem intrusive.
iPhone 14 Pro with 48MP camera
Despite sticking with a 12MP main camera for ages, Apple continues to make the best camera phones. This is because it has continued to enlarge and improve the sensors behind these cameras while also improving computational photography.
However, professional-level users prefer more precision to work with, especially when it comes to cropping images after the fact. And they could well get their wish if reports about the 48MP wide camera prove the iPhone 14 Pro series true. The 48MP camera on the iPhone 14 Pro can also use pixel binning to resolve high-resolution shots into 12MP photos for easier sharing.
Additionally, opting for a 48MP main camera could also allow Apple to make the transition to 8K video recording, something Samsung is already doing with the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Meanwhile, we still expect the iPhone 14 Pros to only offer a telephoto lens, though we don’t know if the optical zoom will be limited to 3x again.
USB-C for iPhone 14 Pro
At least one leaker has claimed that the iPhone 14 Pro series will get a USB-C connection. So, at least for the Pro line, the Lightning connectors will be gone, making the iPhone 13 and earlier iPhones charge even slower. Additionally, Lightning connectors are not as reliable and long-lasting as USB-C cables.
It is said that the move by Apple is not about adopting a more modern standard but enabling faster transfer speeds for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. After all, if the iPhone 14 Pro series were to pack a 48-megapixel camera and possibly support 8K video and ProRes video, then USB-C would help transfer files more quickly to the 14-inch MacBook Pro or 16-inch MacBook Pro.
iPhone 14 Pro: A16 Power and Better RAM
We hear conflicting things about the iPhone 14 Pro specs, but Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that the new A16 Bionic chip might be reserved for the new iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. The regular iPhone 14 lineup will get the same A15 Bionic chip found in the iPhone 13 series.
Additionally, Kuo says that all four iPhone 14 models will get 6GB of RAM, which would be a boost from the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini. However, while the base models will use LPDDR 4X RAM, Pro models will allegedly have faster and more efficient LPDDR 5 RAM.
iPhone 14 Pro: An exclusive 120Hz display again
The 120Hz ProMotion display for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max is a lock as it will move from the iPhone 13 Pro line. Meanwhile, the regular iPhone 14 tends to display a new refresh rate of 90Hz, above 60Hz.
So it is assumed that the iPhone 14 Pro series will still offer the smoothest scrolling and overall performance. And by the time the iPhone 14 series is released, we expect many games and apps to be optimized for the 120Hz experience by developers.
It makes sense for the iPhone 14 series to get the most advanced upgrades, especially since it should continue to demand a premium. Assuming the regular iPhone 14 will start at $799, the $200 jump to the Pro should be worth it. And if there’s an iPhone 14 Max priced at $899, the $1,099 iPhone 14 Pro Max will also have to justify its higher price.
All of the upgrades leaked above should do just that, but we’ll have to see which rumors really circulate.