The design and specifications of the iPhone 14 line-up are believed to have been finalised, with Apple reportedly conducting tests on its next-generation smartphone.
A recent briefing note from analyst Jeff Pu of Haitong International Securities claims that Apple is now testing the iPhone 14 for engineering validation based on information from his supply chain sources, which 9to5Mac has obtained. The iPhone 14’s final specifications and design have been determined by running these EVTs on the first engineering prototype of the device.
Apple’s testing hasn’t been hampered by the recent Shenzhen lockdown, which was ordered in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases. Until now, the last time we heard about this process was in February, when Apple supposedly started making iPhone 14 test units.
Let’s take a second look at the most important rumoured iPhone 14 changes that these tests may now be examining. The current 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini could be replaced by a 6.7-inch Max version of the iPhone 14, and the A15 chip inside the iPhone 14 could be identical to the A15 chip inside the iPhone 13, but with more RAM.
It has been speculated that Apple’s latest iPhones, the iPhone 14 Pro and the iPhone 14 Pro Max, will feature an upgraded A16 processor, a new 48MP camera, and an updated Face ID and selfie camera sensor placement.
According to Pu, the iPhone 13 won’t have a price increase, despite these alterations in specifications. There is still no word on how much the rumoured new iPhone 14 Max is expected to cost, since it’s an entirely new product. Our best guess is that the 6.1-inch iPhone SE will cost $799, while the 6.1-inch iPhone Pro will cost $999, so we’re going with $899.
Even if the iPhone 14 line is currently being tested, we don’t expect to see the new models until Apple’s customary September product launch event.