New Apple leak reveals iPhone 14 Release Surprise

New Apple leak reveals iPhone 14 Release Surprise

06/07 Update below. This entry was originally posted on June 4th

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

In recent weeks, contradictory reports have claimed that there will / will not be a delay in the launch of some iPhone 14 models. And now one of the most respected insiders in the industry has twisted the picture further.

06/06 Update: Ahead of Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has used his Power on newsletter to confirm that the next generation releases of all the company’s major platforms will be announced:

“What will definitely be on the conference are significant updates to the company’s core operating system: iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS and macOS. This year’s event is likely to launch a wider range of new features than usual,” he explains.

Gurman states that new hardware will follow and “the new [MacBook] Air will be the biggest renewal of the device in over a decade. “The potential launch of ‘realityOS’, a platform for Apple’s upcoming VR headsets, is also talked about but much less certain.

Central to Apple’s iPhone plans, however, is iOS 16 and Gurman claims that a central part of the release will be an always-on-screen. The interesting aspect about this, however, is that Gurman claims that it will be exclusive to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models “if the function stops making the cut.”

Always-on-screens has been a staple for even mid-range Android phones for years, so seeing Apple limit 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 prove successful or encourage fans’ setbacks remains to be seen.

06/07 Update: As expected, Apple officially unveiled iOS 16 yesterday at WWDC and it’s got its tongs waving at the iPhone 14. While Apple announced a long list of new features coming to the next generation release – including a renewed lock screen with widgets and more pages, an upgraded notification system and review of iMessage (edit / recall messages), Apple Pay, voice dictation and a new security feature designed to protect people in abusive conditions – the much-leaked Always-on screen 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 will be hidden until the iPhone 14 series launches in September. The problem with the latter is that it would mean that the feature is exclusive, with the company’s current iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max models excluded.

And this makes a little sense. To begin with, leakage report The A16 chip is a relatively small upgrade from the A15, while the primary requirement for monitors that are always on are panels that can handle varying refresh rates to save battery time. The iPhone 13 series already has this technology and combines it with the most energy-efficient smartphone chip available.

As such, my feeling is that this should serve as a red flag for future iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max upgrades. Always-on-screens has been a staple for Android for several years without any of the top hardware in the current flagship iPhones, but it looks like Apple is already starting to reserve significant features (rightly or wrongly) for its next-generation models. 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 clue when Apple develops an aggressive strategy to secure its iPhone 14 Pro models protrudes from the flock.

In a series of tweetsTF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo disputed a recent report from ET News that delivery problems have forced Apple to prematurely install an advanced camera module for iPhone 15 one year early at great cost.

“This report is not entirely consistent with my opinion,” Kuo explains. “1. If LG Innotek became the iPhone 14 front camera supplier during 2Q22, it would be almost impossible to keep up with the development schedule for the 2H22 iPhone 14. 2. I think Apple had already chosen LG Innotek and Cowell as the iPhone 14 front camera suppliers during 4Q21.”

This is in line with Kuos previous allegations that the production of the iPhone 14 is generally “under control at present.” That said, both Nikkei Asia and Haitong International Securities analyst Jeff Pu believe that deliveries of the iPhone 14 Max are delayed by almost a month.

Similarly, Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) and one of the most accurate industry insiders, has objected to “iPhone 14 Max panel deliveries have always been behindConsequently, Apple may be heading for its second iPhone shared release in the last five years (iPhone 12 / iPhone 12 Mini), which in turn was just the second in the history of the iPhone (iPhone 8 / iPhone X).

It’s a surprise to see insiders split like this, because historically, leaks around iPhone releases are pretty consistent. This tends to be due to the global way of mass-producing iPhones, even Apple’s secret expertise that can not stop the flow of leaks when production starts.

Shared release or not, the most fragmented aspect of the launch of the iPhone 14 is probably the phones themselves. While the standard models for the iPhone 14 will inherit the same design, chipset and rear cameras as the iPhone 13 series, the iPhone 14 Pro models will take a step forward with upgrades in all three departments and increased prices to match.

How iPhone fans react to Apple’s aggressive attempts to resell buyers to these more expensive models remains to be seen.


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