A few hours before the iPhone 14 keynote, we are starting to have a fairly precise idea of what Apple is going to announce on its next generation of premium smartphones. A leak at T-Mobile has notably confirmed that the names of the smartphones will change slightly compared to the current generation. You should therefore not say “iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max” but “iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max”.
The “Plus” suffix is meant to underscore the novelty of the classic 6.7″ model that replaces the mini form factor which, alas, never really seems to have found its audience. De facto now, Apple splits its range twice in two. On the one hand, there are the classic iPhones (iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus), and on the other the Pro models (iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max). And both classic iPhones and Pro models come in two screen sizes (6.1″ and 6.7″). But these sizes are far from the only differences between Pro models and classic models.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max should be significantly better in photos than the iPhone 14 Plus
In this content we are mainly interested in the difference between the most expensive classic and Pro iPhones. The first difference between the iPhone 14 Pro Mac and iPhone 14 Plus concerns the set of photo sensors. The iPhone 14 / Plus will benefit from minor evolutions compared to the iPhone 13 / mini. Conversely, the iPhone 14 Pro / Max see the arrival of a new 48 Mp wide-angle sensor (compared to 12 Mp on the previous generation).
As well as new lens systems that will make all the sensors visually bigger on the back of the smartphone. This new set of sensors will allow these iPhones to benefit from increased precision whether in photo or video. Larger, and no doubt boosted by technologies similar to pixel binning, the wide-angle sensor should take brighter shots and videos in low light conditions.
After excelling in 4K video recording, Apple could also make a mark by giving these smartphones the ability to capture 8K video. The Pro models will also have exclusive ProRAW recording for stills and ProRes for video – formats that keep compression to a minimum so professionals can push adjustments like color to extremes when editing.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max will benefit from a more powerful A16 chip than the iPhone 14 Plus
So far, Apple has always offered the same latest generation chip on all its premium iPhones. Chips that have always kept a performance lead over their most powerful equivalent in the Android ecosystem. But various factors seem to have convinced Apple to offer two different pues on the iPhone 14 generation. Although this remains to be confirmed, it is not impossible that the global shortage of component which hits the sector is, at least this situation.
The classic models should thus carry an A15 Bionic chip, a priori the same as that of the iPhone 13. Some sources speak of an improved version of the A15 chip with more RAM and perhaps a better GPU. However, this seems to contradict the scenario according to which Apple would have also been a victim of the shortage of components: how indeed to personalize, in other words to ask a laboratory to produce what is de facto a new chip, in such a context? We should know more about this after tonight’s keynote.
The iPhone 14 Pro / Max should conversely benefit from the latest Apple Silicon available, a chip presumably called A16 Bionic (Apple has stuck to the same naming convention for years). This chip will be more powerful and should offer advanced processing capabilities, including allowing 4K video recording and support for a more advanced screen, all without compromising battery life.
iPhone 14 Pro Max vs Plus: the screen is probably what will differentiate them the most
As we told you above, all iPhone 14s will be offered with 6.1″ and 6.7″ screens this year. The iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Plus will both have a 6.7″ AMOLED screen – but the similarities between the two panels end there. The iPhone 14 Pro Max will have an all-new ProMotion screen with an adaptive refresh rate of 1Hz – 120Hz, and Always-On technology which allows you to continue displaying useful information such as the time and some notifications, permanently.
Especially the screens of the iPhone 14 Pro Max will operate a great revolution around the Face ID sensor system. Since the iPhone X, in fact, Apple has offered all of its most premium iPhones with the same rather imposing notch at the top of the screen. However, with the iPhone 14 Pro Max, Apple has obviously succeeded in integrating the entire system into an elongated punch, or a double punch in the shape of the letter N in Morse code ( ─ • ).
Apple also probably has a lot to say about this new system which could be equipped with new capabilities that have so far escaped rumors.
Anyway, the wait is now not very long. Apple will unveil the iPhone 14 on the sidelines of a keynote held at 7 p.m. (Paris). Note in passing that the iPhone 14 will not be the only stars of the evening, since it should also be a question of AirPods Pro 2, Apple Watch Series 8 and a completely new Apple Watch Pro.