Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro to Get Taller Screen; Mini to Get Axed: Report
The two higher-end ‘Pro’ models in this year’s iPhone 14 lineup from Apple will feature a taller screen since they’ll replace the display notch with a “hole + pill” cutout, which the two lower-end models supposedly won’t have — reports 9to5Mac.
The iPhone 14 Pro reportedly entered the trial production phase at Apple supplier Foxconn’s facilities late last month after the design was finalized.
According to the publication’s sources, Apple is also still working on satellite-based calling and texting features for the iPhone, which were originally rumoured for the iPhone 13 last year. Whether the technology will be ready in time for the iPhone 14 launch later this fall is unclear at this point.
So far, reports suggest that this year’s iPhone 14 lineup will do away with the ‘mini’ variant from previous generations but still consist of four members — two 6.1-inch models, and two 6.7-inch models.
9to5Mac says the iPhone 14 and its bigger, 6.7-inch variant (iPhone 14 Max?) are internally codenamed D27 and D28, while the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are codenamed D73 and D74.
As we get closer to the launch of the iPhone 14, the reports we’re seeing point to Apple aiming for an increasingly growing gap between the lower-end models and the higher-end ones, possibly to make the latter truly worthy of the ‘Pro’ moniker.
A Sunday report from known Apple tipster Ming-Chi Kuo indicated that only the two more premium Pro models from the iPhone 14 lineup will be getting a new chipset, while the two lower-end models will stick with last year’s A15 Bionic. Kuo also said that while all four models will have the same amount of RAM — 6GB, the higher-end models will incorporate faster memory technology.
The iPhone 14’s design will reportedly bear a likeness to the iconic iPhone 4, complete with round volume buttons and an overall thicker design that will possibly get rid of the rear camera bump for a flush backside.