According to a new report, components for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 lineup have started being shipped by suppliers. The lineup is slated to arrive in September and DigiTimes reports that Apple partners are gearing up for the final assembly ahead of the official launch.
Apple partners begin shipping components for iPhone 14
As reported by DigiTimes in a paywalled preview of tomorrow’s report, component suppliers for the iPhone 14 lineup have begun their shipments so the models can be assembled in time for a September launch.
We know that the lineup will include four models: the 6.1-inch iPhone 14, 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max, 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro, and 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max. The Cupertino tech giant is dropping the 5.4-inch ‘mini’ variant with this year’s model in favor of a larger standard iPhone.
As for the design, we predict based on previous industry reports that the upcoming lineup will feature a thicker design and a larger rear-camera bump. Apple is also expected to introduce a new pill + hole punch cutout which will house the front-facing camera and Face ID components.
As for internals, this year’s standard models will stick to the A15 chip while the Pro variants will be powered by the next-generation A16 Bionic chip. The Pro models will also l sport a 48MP rear camera system with support for 8K video recording.
Yet another feature that will be exclusive to the Pro models includes an always-on display. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman recently reported that the tech giant is working on an always-on display that will show information on the screen when it is locked, similar to the Apple Watch and Android smartphones. This glanceable information can include new emails, messages, or calendar information.
One upgrade that will be available in all models is the upgraded 48-megapixel front camera, which can be corroborated by numerous reports from TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. As revealed by Kuo, the front camera will also feature autofocus which will offer sharper images and improved picture quality. Furthermore, the camera will also have a 6-element lens instead of a 5-element lens, which will also add to the image quality.
Barring any delays, the lineup is on track for a September release.