The launch date for Apple phones can generally be “guessed”, as it takes place every year in the first or second week of September on a Tuesday. However, several sources suggest that in 2022, the launch will take place on a Wednesday, just one day later than originally expected. While the iPhone 14 series was originally expected on September 6, sources from the most trusted leakers on the internet suggest that the new phones will now be announced on September 7.
Apple to launch iPhone 14 in online event
iHacktu, Max Weinbach from WinFuture and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman say their independent sources put the iPhone 14 launch on a Wednesday. The reason would be that Monday, September 5, is a national holiday in the US, Labor Day, and Apple doesn’t want to put a big event right after a long weekend. However, the launch date in stores is not changing. The phone should go on pre-order two days later, on September 9, with shipments starting Friday, September 16 in first-wave countries. Romania is usually in the second wave of launches, a week or two later.
This year, Apple will make significant changes to its smartphone lineup. First, the iPhone 14 Mini will no longer exist, replaced by the iPhone 14 Max with a 6.7″ screen. The “standard” iPhone 14 will remain unchanged, with the same 6.1″ screen. Both “basic” phones will retain their 60Hz OLED screens, while they will be equipped with the same internal hardware as last year’s iPhone 13: the same Apple A15 Bionic processor, the same cameras, and probably just a little extra RAM. Since the mini model is disappearing, the base price for an iPhone 14 will be $100 more, with the “standard” iPhone 14 keeping its price from one generation to the next. The Max model will be $100 more expensive in the base version.
The iPhone 14 Pro range will be the one to get the new models in 2022. It will get a new 120Hz OLED display with no notch, but with cutouts for Face ID and the front-facing camera, a more powerful Apple A16 Bionic processor, as well as a new 48-megapixel main camera. What’s more, these devices will start at higher prices than last year. A $100 increase in base price is expected for each of the models, but the 128GB storage variants disappear. So the base 256GB model will be priced the same as last year’s 256GB iPhone 13 Pro.
However, it seems that despite the pandemic restrictions being loosened, Apple will hold this event exclusively online. Video production for the iPhone 14 launch has already been underway for a week.