This year's Apple iPhone 14 will hit earlier than last year, according to Mark Gurman, the most accurate Apple information leaker on the planet, and picked up by friends at The Verge. While the iPhone 13 made a late-September appearance, the new Apple iPhone 14 will show up just after the U.S. Labor Day holiday at a September 7th event. The phone will go on sale a week from the following Friday, on September 16th.
Apple is expected to go large at this year's iPhone launch, by which we mean the new model will be a large-screen phone and not an update to the Apple iPhone 13 mini. Rumors suggest Apple will launch an Apple iPhone 14 and a large-screen iPhone 14 Max.
A separate "Pro" class will see further upgrades to processing, camera, and other features: The Apple iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. The phones without the "Pro" designation are expected to remain on last year's Apple A15 Bionic chip. If an upgraded A16 chip is announced, it may only be used on these "Pro" devices.
Analysis: A good sign of good supply
Last year's phone launch came just a bit later in September, but could have slipped even further due to supply chain issues. We have seen a number of phone launches late this summer and have heard little complaint about supply problems. Even though the Apple iPhone 14 is launching only a week or so earlier than last year, we still take this as a good sign that the industry is finding a balance to supply consumers without hiking prices or causing huge delays.
Quite a bit of information about the new Apple iPhone 14 has leaked out already, and you can take a deep dive into every tidbit at our explainer. Apple is also expected to announce a new Apple Watch 8 at the September event. You can read our reviews of the best Apple Watches currently available.
We’re expecting the Google Pixel 7 series will land soon and there’s now more evidence of that, as phones believed to be the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro have been listed on an FCC (Federal Communications Commission) database.
The listings – which were spotted by 9to5Google – are something we’d expect to see close to launch. More specifically they suggest we might be around a month off, with a mid-September launch possible, as both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6a hit the FCC roughly a month before they were unveiled.
The Pixel 6 was revealed in October, but it sounds like its successor could be early this year. As well as being a sign that these phones could be just weeks away, the listings also provide some details about them.
They don’t tell us much, but they do suggest the Google Pixel 7 Pro will get UWB (ultra-wideband), while the standard Pixel 7 won’t.
UWB, for those unfamiliar, is a wireless technology that can allow for extremely precise positioning and location tracking of devices. It’s used by Apple’s AirTag for example, and in the Pixel 6 Pro it’s used for Nearby Share, which lets you share content with nearby devices. Though notably you don’t need a Pixel 6 Pro for Nearby Share, so UWB is not an essential component here.
Currently the Pixel 6 Pro is the only Pixel handset with UWB, and it looks like Google is keeping it a Pro feature if this FCC information is accurate – which it likely is, since this is an official database.
The FCC listings don’t reveal much else, though they mention unsurprising things like support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, plus versions of the phones that offer both mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G connectivity and ones that just offer sub-6GHz. Those refer to different 5G frequency ranges, and it’s likely that the mmWave version will only be sold in countries that can take advantage of those frequencies.
While we’d always take leaks with a pinch of salt, FCC details tend to be accurate. We should know for sure soon though, as - even without these listings - we'd be expecting to see the Pixel 7 line in October.
Analysis: limited UWB support means Google might still not do much with it
If you were thinking of buying the standard Pixel 7 you probably won’t miss out on much by not getting UWB, since Google doesn’t use the tech for much right now.
While it’s possible that will change, the fact that the company is keeping it exclusive to the Pro models suggests that there probably isn’t anything big planned for UWB in the near future – otherwise it would make sense for it to be more widely accessible.
So the presence or absence of UWB probably isn’t something you should overly factor in when choosing which of the best Pixel phones to buy.
Google is warning the owners of recent Pixel smartphones that upgrading to Android 13 will be permanent – there will be no way for them to return to Android 12 or an earlier OS.
Specifically, if you own a Google Pixel 6, Google Pixel 6 Pro, or the new Google Pixel 6a and upgrade to the latest operating system, you won’t be able to revert to an earlier version. So while Android 13 may now be available to install, you might want to think twice if you want to be able to downgrade to earlier Android operating systems.
The warning appeared on Google’s Factory Images page – a source that enables older Android builds to be quickly installed on Google smartphones. In the warning, Google says that “the Android 13 update for Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and the Pixel 6a contains a bootloader update that increments the anti-roll back version. After flashing an Android 13 build on these devices you will not be able to flash older Android 12 builds.”
Flashing here is effectively another wording for updating, so you can read that last part as saying that after updating your smartphone to Android 13, you can’t go back.
Unless you have a specific reason to downgrade there often isn’t a need to return to an older operating system on any device – especially if you’re concerned about your digital safety and want your apps to work. But with Google’s new change to how its updates work, Pixel owners might want to take a bit of care before upgrading their OS.
While this Android 13 launch should be stable – with the kinks having been ironed out thanks to months of beta testing – problems with operating systems aren’t uncommon. Just look at Microsoft’s Windows 11 – that operating system has faced no end of problems that frequently sees users opting to downgrade to older versions of Windows.
That said, if you have already upgraded to Android 13 there’s no need to panic. Going forwards you just might want to wait a few days before downloading a new Android operating system, to make sure there aren’t any major bugs that you’ll be stuck with until Google fixes them.
It’s unclear why the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a are unique among Google’s phones in not allowing you to downgrade from Android 13, and it’s unclear if this limitation will affect other Android 13-compatible devices. We’ve reached out to Google to learn more, and we’ll update this piece if we hear back.
As we wait patiently for the iPhone 14 to show up (it should arrive next month), a new report suggests some significant changes could be coming to the software on iPhones and iPads: specifically, more advertising in Apple's own apps.
This comes via the reliable Apple-focused journalist Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, who says that Apple is keen on expanding its integrated advertising efforts. A number of ads already show up in the News and Stocks apps, as well as the App Store.
Those apps could eventually be joined by Apple Maps, as well as the Apple Podcasts and Apple Books apps, according to Gurman. We might also see an expansion into Apple TV Plus content – adverts have already started to appear in the platform's Friday Night Baseball coverage, for example.
More ads, more revenue
The reason for the increase in ads is obvious: Apple wants to make more money from them. The ads that already exist inside iOS, iPadOS and Apple's apps currently bring in around $4 billion every year, as per the Bloomberg report, and the plan is to get that figure into the double digits.
Local businesses would be able to pay to get featured inside Maps, for example, while publishers could pay to get their titles featured more prominently. In line with the existing ads, they wouldn't be open to anyone and everyone.
Exactly when the change might start to happen isn't clear, but it looks unlikely to be this year. It would require some significant changes on the software side, and iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 are just about ready to launch – so keep an eye on next year's Apple software updates for more signs of advertising.
Analysis: Apple could still stay true to its privacy promises
Apple has long emphasized its commitment to user privacy, and often highlighted how different it is from Google in terms of the data it collects and the ads it serves up. Advertising is where Google makes the bulk of its money, whereas Apple has traditionally relied on hardware sales.
You may have noticed Apple cracking down on app tracking in iOS and iPadOS too, stopping advertisers from monitoring users across multiple apps without their explicit permission. This has hit revenues for Facebook, Snap and many other companies.
So how does all this fit in with the potential Apple ad expansion? We've already seen adverts in Apple software, and it's clear that they work differently to the ads you might get on Google – they're more like paid sponsorships than typical internet ads.
In other words, you might see a restaurant get a higher ranking in Apple Maps (with an ad label) – you're not going to see adverts for trainers that you were looking at on Amazon last week. Crucially, it means Apple doesn't need to collect any extra data from its users, which means it can keep its strict stance on privacy.
Samsung is leading the way with foldable phones right now, with the brand new Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 setting the standard for other phone makers to follow – and the next in line to launch a foldable handset or two could well be Oppo.
As per Pricebaba, Oppo is going to go head to head against Samsung, even down to the naming: we're apparently getting a tablet-style Oppo Find N Fold and a clamshell-style Oppo Find N Flip in the next few months.
We already have the foldable Oppo Find N, which was launched last year (and we enjoyed using), but it's only available in China. It looks as though the new Fold and Flip models are going to be sold in more regions across the world, ready to give Samsung some serious competition.
Apart from the existence and the naming of these devices, there isn't too much to glean from this latest report.
One tidbit of information we do have is that the handsets are set to be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, the flagship mobile CPU of the latter half of 2022 (at least as far as non-iPhones are concerned).
Oppo and OnePlus merged last year, and OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has recently been tweeting about the hinge system used on the Oppo Find N. He's also been asking for feedback on "the next generation of foldables" via the OnePlus Community forums.
That suggests more Oppo foldables are indeed on the way – and perhaps that they might be joined by a foldable with OnePlus branding. Such a device has been rumored for several months, and with OnePlus and Oppo now pretty much the same company, all the technology is already there to put out a OnePlus Fold.
Analysis: getting the timing right
Samsung is undoubtedly out on its own with its foldable phones at the moment. We've also seen foldables from Oppo, Xiaomi, Huawei and Motorola, but the availability of these handsets has been limited – the recently unveiled Moto Razr 2022 is only on sale in China at the moment, for example.
The signs are that plenty more foldables are coming though, and not just from Oppo. As manufacturers improve their production processes and the cost of foldables starts to come down, they should be much more widely available in a couple of years.
After Oppo and perhaps OnePlus, we're expecting to see a Google Pixel Fold make an appearance: Google has long been rumored to have a foldable phone in the works, but it feels as though there's finally some momentum behind the Pixel series, which would mean the timing is right to introduce another form factor.
It's the same with Apple – a foldable iPhone is almost certainly at least being tested, if not necessarily certain to be launched, but Apple seems prepared to take its time in developing it, clearly deciding that the world is not ready for ‘mainstream’ foldable phones, no matter what Samsung says.
The rumors and leaks around the iPhone 14 continue to roll in – we're just a month away from the phone's expected launch now – and the latest unofficial tidbits to appear online give us an idea of what we can expect from the rear camera on the new Pro models.
According to a source speaking to well-known tipster LeaksApplePro, the 48MP rear camera sensor being introduced on the Pro models this year is "the best one in a smartphone if there’s enough light", which sounds promising.
Less promising is the news that night mode has "some issues" to solve before it's ready, and is currently actually worse than the iPhone 13 Pro. Bear in mind though that iOS 16 is still being tested, so optimizations are likely to be in the pipeline.
A source has had hands-on time with iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max.(Thread)-The new pill+hole doesn’t add anything new. It looks different, but it pretty much works like the notch. Once you get used to it it’s “gone”.-It’s thick. The Pro Max feels like a brick (as usual).August 14, 2022
Speakers, display and battery life
The same source confirms that the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max make use of a pill and hole design on the front display rather than the notch, as has been widely rumored. However it "doesn't add anything new" according to the source.
Battery life is said to be getting better again this year, with the iPhone 14 Pro apparently adding another couple of hours to the total (the iPhone 13 Pro is rated for 22 hours of video playback, by comparison).
The speakers have also been improved, according to this source, with better bass and improved clarity. As for display quality, this is said to be broadly comparable with the screens on the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Analysis: this year Pro really does mean Pro
While we can't verify any leaks or rumors until a device actually launches, we do know which tipsters are more reliable than others – and as more and more information makes it into the public domain, we do get a general idea of what's most likely to happen.
From what we've heard about the iPhone 14 models so far, it's the two Pro handsets – the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max – that are going to be the most appealing. First and foremost, they're the phones that are actually going to have CPU upgrades.
Now we have the news that the camera system on the Pro models is the best yet from Apple (low light problems notwithstanding). The 48MP sensor – up from 12MP in the current iPhone 13 range – is thought to only be coming to the higher-end handsets.
So you've got faster internal components, a significantly better camera system, and what sounds like improved battery life too if you go for the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max. If the pricing is right, they could well be the iPhones to get this year.
If you thought Samsung was happy with just the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip lines when it comes to foldable phones then think again. We’ve known for a while that the company is experimenting with different foldable form factors, and now some of these experiments have been shown off in a video.
A short clip shared by @UniverseIce – a reputable leaker – shows several foldable and extendable Samsung phones which haven’t yet been announced.
One of these has the look of a standard handset but then lets the user pull one or both sides of the screen to extend it, while another is like a Galaxy Z Fold 4 but with two folds rather than one, so it opens out into a laptop-sized screen.
We also catch a glimpse of one that folds like a laptop, but it’s all screen rather than having a keyboard on the bottom half, and in this video it’s displaying a controller layout for gaming.
While we’d take any leak with a pinch of salt, this looks like an official Samsung promotional video, and the contents would have been hard to fake, so this is likely genuine.
That said, for now these are possibly just experiments and concept devices, so while some of these form factors might see the light of day eventually, we wouldn’t expect an imminent announcement.
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Analysis: not the first time we’ve seen Samsung’s experiments
While this is the first time we’ve seen these concepts on video, it’s not the first time Samsung has shown off these ideas.
Back in November the company launched a site highlighting potential uses for foldable OLED screens, and these included several smartphone concepts.
One was the ‘Slidable Flex’ which looks a lot like the stretchable screen in the video. Then there’s the Flex Note which is the laptop-like device. There were others too which aren’t seen in this new video, like the Rollable Flex, which has a rollable screen.
So Samsung seems to have no shortage of foldable phone ideas. Hopefully some of them will end up as commercially available products eventually, as with the likes of the Motorola Razr 2022 and the Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 following Samsung’s lead in terms of designs, it’s already starting to feel like there’s a lack of innovation in the foldable space.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is an upgrade on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 in a number of ways, but while it packs a faster chipset and other hardware improvements, some of the best features are on the software side, and at least one of these software tricks could be coming to older Galaxy Z Fold models.
That’s according to leaker @TheGalox_, who claimed on Twitter that previous Samsung Galaxy Z Fold models will be getting the new taskbar feature alongside One UI 4.1.1 later this year.
The taskbar they mentioned is a new bar that sits at the bottom of the screen and is visible when you’re in apps. It houses shortcuts to favorite apps, along with icons for recently used apps, and you can drag any of these up to open them in split-screen mode, so it simplifies multitasking.
Previous Galaxy Z Fold devices will get the new Taskbar introduced with the Z Fold4 alongside One Ui 4.1.1 "later this year" pic.twitter.com/PUBxGpyfNIAugust 13, 2022
It’s a very useful feature, and one that helps you make the most of the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s big screen, so it would be a handy upgrade for older models if they do get it too.
The wording of the tweet above doesn’t make it totally clear whether every previous Fold model will get this feature or just some, but given that even the original Samsung Galaxy Fold has been updated to One UI 4, we’d think there’s a high chance it will get One UI 4.1.1, with the taskbar included.
Of course, as with any leak we’d take this with a pinch of salt, especially as the source doesn’t have as much of a track record as some. But it’s a believable claim, as we wouldn’t think there’s any reason Samsung couldn’t update the older models to add the taskbar.
Analysis: adding the taskbar could mean moving to Android 12L
The taskbar feature found on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is actually an Android 12L feature – that being Google’s version of Android 12 that’s designed specifically for tablets and other large screen devices, such as foldable phones.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 runs this, so if Samsung is adding the taskbar to other Fold models that might mean they’ll also get Android 12L.
That would make sense, as the Android experience has always been slightly lacking on tablets and foldables, and companies such as Samsung have had to pick up the slack and modify Android to make it work better on them.
So a move to Android 12L would make for a better experience with less work required from manufacturers. In the case of the Galaxy Z Fold line it could also make some of the best foldable phones even better.
Four iPhone 14 models are widely expected to be unveiled in mid-September, but there are still a lot of questions around the sort of upgrades we're going to get.
One key spec that , it seems, won't be upgraded this year (despite previous rumors to the contrary) is storage space.
According to analyst Jeff Pu from Haitong International (via MacRumors), the Pro versions of the iPhone 14 will follow the lead of the current iPhones: specifically, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.
There had been whispers that Apple would bump up the starting capacity for the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max, and that storage might even top out at 2TB.
Based on this latest information though, it looks as though it's going to be a case of ‘carry on as you were’ in terms of internal storage.
If you're currently looking to buy an iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 mini, then your options are 128GB, 256GB and 512GB.
It's expected that those are going to be the same again in the iPhone 14 equivalents (though the mini is getting dropped in favor of an iPhone 14 Max model, if the rumors are to be believed).
What's more, the word on the Apple street is that the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Max are going to use the same A15 Bionic processor as the iPhone 13 range. If you're hoping for a major iPhone upgrade this year from Apple, you're probably going to be disappointed.
There are expected to be improvements in terms of the camera performance however – both with the selfie camera and the rear camera – so there will be some reasons to put down your money for a new model. All will be revealed by Apple in September, if it sticks to its usual iPhone launch schedule.
Analysis: cloudy with a chance of streaming
It would be nice to see Apple bumping up the storage available on the iPhones this year, if only to differentiate them from what's gone before. Storage prices continue to fall as time goes on – remember the iPhone X from five years ago was only available with 64GB or 256GB of internal storage.
However, it's also fair to say that internal storage is not quite as important as it used to be: Spotify keeps your music collection in the cloud, Netflix keeps your movie collection in the cloud, and so on. There's not the same need to save files locally.
What's more, cloud syncing services such as iCloud and Google Drive have improved a lot in recent years. Syncing photos and videos to the cloud is now easy to set up and all handled in the background for you, automatically.
We still think there's a case to be made for keeping large capacity phones on sale: for all those movies and shows you want to sync to your device, to keep photos and videos close to hand and available, to install large games, and to queue up plenty of podcasts, for example. Maybe next year we'll see that 2TB option appear.
Samsung is a market leader in making some of the most stylish and practical devices out there.
While you might be eyeing up one of its many great foldable phones, or maybe even a new Galaxy Watch, you've probably seen the great news: Samsung has announced that two new phones - the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 - are on their way
And for the health conscious user, there's also a new fitness-focused Samsung Galaxy Watch which is perfect to pair up with some shiny new Samsung Galaxy Buds. Excited? You should be. Here's what we know about the new range so far:
If you've been checking out the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 or Samsung Galaxy Flip 3 lately, you'll know how beautiful and distinctive both models are.
Making you feel as good as you did when you got your first smartphone, the foldable phones look fantastic while offering great features.
Now, things are even better with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4 demonstrating some truly remarkable features.
If you love to take snaps, you'll appreciate the upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy Flip 4, as it now offers a 12MP brighter main camera along with a 12MP Ultra Wide lens plus a 10MP front facing camera for video calls or selfies.
The quality of the picture is better whichever way you use it, with a new focus on night time photography ensuring you'll take great snaps even in low-light situations.
Ideally suited for hands-free video calling or content creation, the Samsung Galaxy Flip 4 is also durable so it can keep up with your active lifestyle. It's packing IPX8 water resistance, plus it uses Gorilla Glass Victus+ so the screen is far sturdier than you would usually see on this next-generation type of smartphone.
With 14% faster charging over it preecessor as well as longer battery duration, the Samsung Galaxy Flip 4 is great for all day use. You can even pair it up with your Samsung Galaxy Watch and set the design to match across both devices. It's fun and far more eye-catching than your regular smartphone.
Focus on the pros
Looking for something more productivity-focused? Try the Samsung Galaxy Fold 4. Building on the success of its predecessor, it's ideal if you need a device that keeps up with your busy lifestyle.
Multitasking is better than ever thanks to apps being optimized for the purpose, plus you can easily use the taskbar and multi-window feature to juggle apps all on the same screen.
It's compatible with the S Pen too so you can work with a stylus rather than relying only on your fingers, for even greater precision in what you're working on.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold 4 looks great too thanks to it having the biggest and brightest display ever seen on a Galaxy Z Series phone. It's perfect for working at speed on, or simply relaxing and playing a few games too.
Love to take some photos of your adventures? The Samsung Galaxy Fold 4 offers a 50MP main camera with a 3x zoom, alongside a 10MP selfie camera plus 12MP Ultra Wide lens too.
Whether you're taking snaps of you and your friends at a aspirational location, or taking in some night time photography, the Samsung Galaxy Fold 4 makes it all look fantastic. You can use its dual preview mode to view your photos on both the cover screen and the main display too.
Lighter and slimmer than the previous model, the Samsung Galaxy Fold 4 is still just as durable with IPX8 water resistance along with Gorilla Glass Victus+ protecting your screen at all times. Armour Aluminium rounds off the protective features.
Samsung hasn't stopped its innovations there, though. If you're keen to embrace a more holistic approach to your health, you're going to love the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 can help you achieve your goals.
It has advanced sleep tracking and monitoring, including REM sleep tracking, appreciating the importance of a good night's sleep to your daily achievements.
Using this data, the Galaxy Watch 5 takes sleep to the next level, coaching you on how to improve your sleep and analysing your phone usage data to decide on a bedtime that will work best for you.
During the waking hours, precise health tracking means you can check your body composition over time*, monitor your heart rate and even your blood pressure**.
Ideal for keeping healthy, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 looks great too, offering a luxury timepiece feel with sapphire crystal glass while also being capable of handling a more rugged life thanks to its 50m water resistance.
Want even more from a watch? There's also the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro. It adds to the above features by including GPS tracking and turn by turn navigation. You can always see where you're exploring, ensuring you can push your workout further every time.
With the outdoor focus, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is more rugged too thanks to its tough titanium frame, magnetic D buckle strap, and sapphire crystal glass.
Robust yet stylish, it's the ideal companion when you're hitting the trails or checking out what's round the next corner.
If you're out in nature, you probably want to take in the sounds around you but no one wants to do that during their work commute. That's why there's also the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.
Offering seamless switching between Samsung devices, the buds are perfectly suited to add to your daily devices alongside your Samsung phone and watch.
Offering 24-bit sound quality***, along with a 2-way dynamic speaker and 360 degree immersive**** audio, it feels like you're actually listening to a live concert.
Active noise cancellation means that you can also lose yourself to your favourite music or podcasts, even if you're on a busy train or plane, so you can enjoy some quality 'you' time.
For those times when you need to return to reality to take a call, three built-in mics ensure you sound crisp to anyone you speak to via the earbuds.
Intelligent voice detection technology and active noise cancellation on a call further helps enhance the quality for everyone involved.
Incredibly comfortable to wear with an enhanced ergonomic design compared to the previous model, the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro are available in three colours - graphite, white, and bora purple, so these easily match your aesthetic.
If you're looking for technology that enhances your daily life, the new Samsung range of phones, watches, and earbuds is exactly what you need. Able to help you work, stay informed, and be entertained, each device accompanies each other perfectly, all while looking incredibly stylish.
*Do not measure your body composition if you are pregnant, have an implanted pacemaker or other implanted medical devices.
**ECG and BP feature only to be used by 22 years+. For accurate BP readings, monthly calibration required by GP or BP monitor & arm cuff. Requires a Galaxy smartphone running Android 8.0 or above.
***Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet with One UI 4.0 or higher required. 24bit audio source required.
****360 Audio and Dolby Head Tracking support may vary depending on app and content. One UI 4.1.x or higher required
Hello, and welcome our iPhone 14 leaks live blog. We're trying something different here, a chance to talk expected release date, price and specs of the new phones, with a sprinkling of chat about the latest rumors - such as the possible iPhone 14 price hike.
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Apple Watch 8 - this is the other thing we're likely to see at the September event... a new thing from Apple to strap to your wrist.
Right, so here we are - our first live, on-the-go dissection of some of the top rumors we've seen in the last week (and a fair smattering of the stuff we're pretty confident of seeing next month, based on the consistent leaks over the last year).
I've been writing about and covering iPhone launches since 2008, and one thing that's clear is that since the iPhone 6 or so, we've seen far more leaking of key elements of the phones in the build up to the launch, a far cry since the days of the iPhone 4 being found in a bar and everyone losing their minds...
Right, let's start with a live one: the iPhone 14 price. Recently, respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo pointed to some strong results from one of the iPhone suppliers, stating they believed that it was going to be making a vast majority of the iPhone models.
That manufacturing company, Hon Hai / Foxconn, has suddenly increased its financial outlook, which leads Kuo to confirm his belief that the iPhone will increase in cost around 15%.
(1/2)Hon Hai/Foxconn is one of the winners of the increased ASP of iPhone 14 series. I estimated iPhone 14 series ASP would increase by about 15% (vs. iPhone 13 series ASP) to $1,000-1,050 (USD) due to two iPhone 14 Pro's price hikes & higher shipment proportion. https://t.co/UgiW0kom4FAugust 10, 2022
What would that mean for you, if you're looking to buy one of the new iPhone 14 models?
Based on the fact Apple likes to keep its iPhone prices ending $49 or $99, I suspect the new iPhone 14 will start at $799 and the smaller iPhone 14 Pro to hit $1099. This is just an educated guess at this point though - the ASP (average selling price) mentioned means that it could be Apple spreads the cost through the range to keep it balanced.
That right, despite the mooted 15% increase in price, Bloomberg is reporting that Apple has ordered 90 million units of its phones, clearly confident it can shift them over the course of the year and anticipating no slow down in demand.
That's surprising and touches on something I'll discuss in more detail later on: the expected absence of the iPhone 14 mini. To keep orders up at that level, which reportedly is in line with previous years, shows real confidence at this point - and means Apple must have new features that it feels are going to resonate with consumers.
We did some good analysis recently on the iPhone 14 release date - let's go over it again here because I've got a pretty good gut feeling on this one.
My prediction is that the iPhone 14 launch date will be September 13, and then - regular as clockwork - on September 23 we'll see it on shop shelves.
I can say this because I've attended all the physical iPhone launches since iPhone 6, many years ago - and they've always been on or around my birthday. The rumored September 6 launch date doesn't jive with that, therefore it has to be the week after.
I once complained to a fellow journalist that I always had a disrupted birthday because of the iPhone launch, and he looked at me with sadness and told me he'd missed his entire 40th birthday day because he crossed the date line and the day just disappeared to come to an iPhone unveiling.
I shut up after that.
OK, next up for disucssion is your friend and mine: the iPhone 14 Max.
I can't tell you excited I was when I started hearing glimmers of this phone begin to leak late last year, as it was the phone that I've thought Apple should make for years.
What is it? It's the iPhone Pro Max without the Pro bit - so my expectation is that the 14 Max will have the A15 Bionic chipset inside (from 2021) and only two lenses on the rear, with the 14 Pro Max having the best of everything.
Wait! Don't dismiss it yet - the thing I've enjoyed using the 13 Pro Max for is simply the battery life, and a larger 14 Max would be able to have that without the cost of the Pro Max.
Sure, the best camera is a brilliant thing - and I've got some wonderful snaps from the 13 Pro Max - but in these most cost-conscious times, I think the 14 Max is going to be a winner.
That means we'll see the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max - that's some lovely symmetry there.
While we're on the subject, one of the strongest (and most believeable) rumored changes for Apple this year is that the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro models (and the related Max devices) will have different chipsets.
The new iPhone 14 will stick with the A15 Bionic chipset, where the iPhone 14 Pro will have the A16, and likely a touch more RAM inside.
While you could see that as Apple making the iPhone 14 worse (and, I suppose it is, given until this point every iPhone has always had the very best CPU inside) I see it as a good thing in helping consumers decide.
Because while the Pro range is always marketed at high-power creatives and people that need loads of power, in reality they're popular because they just are the best iPhone.
So making it clearer that the Pro range is really the phone for the professional - much like the MacBook Pro vs MacBook - will simplify the choice for many.
However, that brings us back to price - unless Apple keeps the cost of the iPhone 14 the same as the iPhone 13, because of a similar engine, then it's not going to be fair on the customer.
Sure, make the iPhone 14 Max more expensive than the iPhone 13 mini - it's bigger and all the larger components cost more - but otherwise let's hope for parity.
Maybe the A15 will disappear after all - I just came across an interesting idea from a sometimes-correct leaker speaking to Forbes.
LeaksApplePro has suggested that the iPhone 14 WILL come with an A16 Bionic chipset - but it'll be a rebadged A15, and the iPhone 14 Pro will pack an 'A16 Bionic Pro' chip.
Now, Apple does have precedent here: the S6 chip in the Apple Watch 6 was essentially just rebadged as the S7 for the Watch 7, albeit with capacity for faster charging.
Would Apple do something as bold with the iPhone 14? This brand has been at great pains to say how powerful it silicon is, and to skate over that with a minor upgrade would be a big change.
Let's break (briefly) from the question over how the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro might differ - there's a lot more to go over there - and speak about a key upgrade that might help offset the cost of the new 14 Pro: larger storage.
Both will still go up to 1TB of storage, but for the 'average' pro having that extra on-board capacity, allowing you to build out more 8K video (if that comes to pass) will be a big boon.
Let's all lean back and wander through more scurrilous rumor paths now, where we 'investigate' the leaks on the new iPhone 14 colors.
This is far more shaky ground, because the leaks are often rampant in the build up but have so often proved to be false, so what we 'know' so far could be utter balderdash, to use a heavily British phrase.
This is what's rumored: the iPhone 14 Pro range will drop the green and Sierra Blue options (which would be awful, as the blue looks great) and will replace it with a purple option.
The iPhone 14 models will continue with white, black, red and blue, will lose the pink and green choices, and also come in hard with a purple offering.
The basis of this rumor appears from a posting on Chinese social network site Weibo that's since been deleted, so read into that what you will - it's from a few months ago too, so even it was true at the time it could have all changed by now.
Shall we talk cameras next? A few things here to get through, so strap in. The iPhone 14 and 14 Max are set to continue with two 12MP snappers on the back, used to capture ultra-wide and 'normal' snaps.
I predict that the ultra-wide camera will get the macro mode that's present on the current iPhone 13 Pro Max - currently the hardware is similar on the iPhone 13 models, but the cheaper phone can't capture really close up photos like the Pro phones can.
It's not clear exactly why that is, but it's certainly annoying - the macro mode is really good, as you can see below.
Where the iPhone 14 Pro Max will likely shine is in the image quality if the rumored 48MP camera comes to pass.
Apple has been taking great snaps with 12MP sensors for years now, so a jump to 48MP has to come with clear improvements - I predict it will be in both sharpness and the ability to record in 8K too, both of which would be real boons for flimographers.
Here's a final one before I sign off for the day - although check back in tomorrow as we spring this conversation back to life.
(And if you want to ask any questions, come and find me on Twitter over @superbeav - I'd love to hear from you).
So... is it bye bye to the notch?
When we're talking about clearer differences to the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro models, it seems likely there's going to be one key difference: the notch, or lack thereof.
Now, if I told many, many of you lovely readers that the notch was going away, then you might be feeling like that's a good thing. So many other phone brands have managed to develop under-display cameras to make it an all-screen handset, so it's great news that the notch is going away, right?
Well, in my opinion, what's highly likely to come instead is worse. While the notch might be large and in the way, at least it's symmetrical. The iPhone 14 Pro is likely to have a 'pill and punch display', as in a hole and a pill-shaped space, as you can see in the picture above.
This is to minimize the amount of screen removed for the camera, FaceID camera and speaker as possible, but the images we've seen look a bit skewed.
I have been hoping this isn't going to happen, but the volume of leaks around it mean, unless Apple has a last minute design change of heart, we're going to get a radically different-looking iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.
Right, I'm off for the night - but this has been a blast so far, and I'll leave you with this render that sees the 'iPhone 14 Pro Max' spinning through the air in a very fancy kitchen... that's not going to be a feature, sadly.
Probably wrong on the starting storage, but the rest looks pretty accurate - let me know what you think.
Iphone 14 Pro Max..🔥🔥Coming up with iOS 16.. Lunch price at $1.199 Dollars.. Lunching On September 13.. What A woww.. 😁🙃😖 pic.twitter.com/nW2peBJAd8August 8, 2022
Welcome to the heady world of iPhone leaks: the contradiction and why you should never assume what analysts say as gospel.
Not because they're lying - the good analysts are among the very best people to follow on Twitter (get Ming-Chi Kuo on your follows from today if you care about the latest info...) but because things can change so easily.
So when one analytical firm spoke to people in the supply chain a few months ago, and based on the volumes of components reportedly being ordered, it surmised that the iPhone 14 Pro will come in 256GB as a the base model.
However, that doesn't seem to be the case any more: according to analyst Jeff Pu from Haitong International (speaking via MacRumors, I've not been able to see the research note myself, so read into that what you will), the Pro versions of the iPhone 14 will follow the lead of the current iPhones: specifically, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.
To start with, that doesn't seem to make sense. Those that will be doing high-end video or taking RAW pics (things the iPhone Pro range are great for) will fill up that storage quickly, right?
Let's put the cynical hat on for a moment: what happens when you decide that you won't use that much, then find out you're wrong and run out of storage on the phone? You shell out for iCloud, and Apple sells more virtual storage. Or you decide to not take the risk, and buy a more expensive iPhone.
Let's see what happens on (probably) September 13, shall we?
I think we can all agree that the design of the iPhone 4 was pretty revolutionary and interesting to look at - thanks, in part, to the rounded buttons on the side.
A lot of people will be talking about the fact the bezels are perhaps slightly thinner, or that the punch-hole-with-pill has replaced the notch on the iPhone 14 Pro... but I'm just sad that one of the earliest rumors of the iPhone 14 hasn't come to pass: that the new iPhone will have rounded buttons again.
According to dimensions from CAD files, this is the iPhone 14 Pro’s front compared to the iPhone 13 Pro. Bezels are ~20% thinner, and the hole punch is *not* small. Renders coming soon!https://t.co/qjgYoa0aL2 pic.twitter.com/A7Wgz7byCfApril 15, 2022
We live in times where certainty and reliability can be hard to come by, so it's reassuring to hear that there is something we can (probably) be sure of later in the year: being able to get hold of an iPhone 14 when the phone launches.
As per Bloomberg, Apple is asking supply chain partners to make at least 90 million units of its flagship 2022 smartphone, which is in line with previous years. In other words, the company isn't slowing down when it comes to iPhone production.
Throughout the course of the year there's been speculation that the ongoing pandemic might mean that the iPhone 14 models would be in short supply due to lockdowns and other knock-on effects – but that no longer seems to be the case.
A lot of iPhones
According to Bloomberg's sources, Apple is confident that the spending power of its fans and the popularity of the iPhone versus its competitors will be enough to keep demand high – hence the order for tens of millions of handsets.
In total, with the iPhone 13 and iPhone SE 2022 factored in as well, the company is apparently on track to make 220 million iPhones throughout the course of this year. That's more or less in line with last year too.
Provided there are no bumps along the road, we should see four iPhone 14 variations make an appearance sometime in September this year. Back in February we got a report that production on the phone was already underway.
Analysis: will the iPhone 14 offer enough?
Demand for the iPhone has remained strong even through turbulent economic times, and even when new models of the smartphone haven't offered all that much that's different compared with the models that they're coming in to replace.
The signs are that the iPhone 14 will be another incremental upgrade, although there will be a new model on show: the larger iPhone 14 Max is expected to replace the iPhone 13 mini, with sales of the more compact phone not as strong as the others.
We have seen rumors that the Pro models could be ditching the notch this time around, but there's a good chance that the notch will stay for another generation at least. The iPhone 14 will also have ports, despite moves towards a portless design.
More than one source has said that the non-Pro iPhone 14 models will stick with the A15 Bionic processor that sits inside the iPhone 13 handsets – so don't expect a massive performance upgrade from the flagship Apple devices this time around either.
The Motorola Razr 2022 has the potential to be the most exciting foldable phone of the year, so it’s disappointing that so far it’s only been announced for China. But a couple of leakers have chimed in to suggest it will hit Europe, and perhaps even go global.
Roland Quandt – a leaker with a good track record – tweeted saying that it “sure is coming to Europe as well.” They sound very confident of that then, and in a reply Ross Young – who also has a good track record for leaks – claimed that Motorola is aiming to sell a lot of these, so there “should be a global release eventually.”
That claim of a global launch sounds more like speculation, but at the very least a launch in Europe is sounding likely, with a global one being very possible.
No clue why some media are saying the "Motorola RAZR 2022" is only available in China". It sure is coming to Europe as well, so no idea what Moto is communicating, but.......August 11, 2022
As ever we’d take these leaks with a pinch of salt, but both sources are reputable, and it always seemed likely that Motorola would bring the Razr 2022 out in other regions.
After all, this is one of Motorola’s most high-profile phones, and previous models in the line got a wider roll out. The original foldable Motorola Razr landed in the US, UK and Australia, while the Motorola Razr (2020) was sold in both the US and the UK. So it would seem strange if the Razr 2022 was limited to China.
The big question now is exactly when the Motorola Razr 2022 will get a wider launch, but we wouldn’t think the company would wait too long.
Analysis: what the Motorola Razr 2022 has to offer
In case you missed our previous coverage of the Razr 2022, the phone has a 6.7-inch 1080 x 2400 foldable OLED screen with a very high 144Hz refresh rate, along with HDR10+ support.
It also has 2.7-inch 573 x 800 secondary screen and uses a powerful Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset paired with up to 12GB of RAM.
There’s up to 512GB of storage as well, plus a 50MP main camera, a 13MP ultra-wide one, and a 32MP selfie snapper. The battery is 3,500mAh, and it supports 33W fast charging.
Most potential buyers will likely be choosing between this and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, and on paper the Motorola Razr 2022 arguably comes out on top. It has a bigger cover screen, a higher refresh rate, faster charging, more potential RAM, and more megapixels in its cameras.
However, Samsung’s phone offers better water resistance, and may generally be more durable, as it also uses Gorilla Glass Victus Plus and Armor Aluminum. The battery in the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is a bit bigger too.
So there’s not a totally clear-cut winner, given that the main screen size and the chipset are the same in both.
What it might really come down to is the price. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 starts at $999.99 / £999 / AU$1,499, and we don’t know what the Razr 2022 will cost yet, but going by its Chinese price it could cost slightly less than that.
Either way, these look set to be two of the best foldable phones you can buy - assuming they live up to their specs.
You might understandably be pining for an iPhone 14, but the iPhone Photography Awards 2022 has just landed to proved you don't really need that rumored 48MP camera to take incredible snaps.
The annual competition, which runs independently from Apple but is now in its 15th year, has just announced its impressive winner's list. And it's by no means dominated by the latest iPhones, with the winners stretching all the way back to the iPhone 6S Plus from 2015.
We've done some tallying up and 44% of the winners were actually taken on models from the iPhone 11 series or earlier. That said, the most well-represented phone by far is the iPhone 12 Pro Max, which was behind 23% of the competition's award-winning shots.
The rules of the IPPA 2022 awards state that photos "should not be altered in any desktop image processing program such as Photoshop", so how is there such a varied range of styles across the categories, from "abstract" to "travel"?
That's because the rules do allow you to "use any iOS apps", which means some of the best photo editing apps and the best camera apps are almost certainly behind some of the shots you can see in our gallery below. That said, many photos are also likely straight "out of camera" and, collectively, the set shows what's possible with iPhone cameras, whichever model you have.
Analysis: Find a subject and nail the basics
Other than underlining that you don't need the latest iPhone to take great photos, the lesson from this year's iPhone Photography Awards is that you only need two things for a great snap: an interesting subject and an understanding of the photographic basics.
You'll notice that effects like Portrait mode and filters are notably absent from the photos below. Instead, the winners show a familiarity with the main rules of composition, an eye for good light, and an openness to finding new angles on familiar subjects.
We'd wager that most winning entries were shot using the iPhone's main camera, rather than the telephoto or super-wide. The IPPA's rules do state that "iPhone add-on lenses can be used", so it's possible that some may have used some of the best iPhone lenses for some extra reach. But in the main, a little light editing is all that's likely been required, given the arresting subjects.
Google is ramping up its efforts to get Apple to support the Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard on iMessage after previous offers to work together on integration fell on deaf ears.
With support from the mobile industry body GSMA, device manufacturers, and mobile operators, Google has been spearheading RCS as a successor to SMS and a competitor to over-the-top messaging platforms like WhatsApp.
RCS works natively in vendor messaging applications, including Android Messages but Apple has not yet got on board. It launched iMessage in 2011 with iOS 8 but the application has not spread beyond Apple devices like the iPhone iPad and Mac.
This means iMessage users wanting to communicate with non-iOS users need to send SMS texts that lack the ability to include rich media such as images, videos, and gifs.
Google’s new ‘Get the message’ campaign highlights the problems that many users have with a lack of interoperability. This includes broken group chats, a lack of multimedia support, and the inability to communicate if there is no Wi-Fi connection.
“It’s not about the colour of the bubbles,” reads the campaign website. It’s the blurry videos, broken group chats, missing read receipts and typing indicators, no texting over Wi-Fi, and more. These problems exist because Apple refuses to adopt modern texting standards when people with iPhones and Android phones text each other.
“Apple turns texts between iPhones and Android phones into SMS and MMS, out-of-date technologies from the 90s and 00s. But Apple can adopt RCS—the modern industry standard—for these threads instead. Solving the problem without changing your iPhone to iPhone conversations and making messaging better for everyone.”